Around 23 million people tuned in worldwide to watch the ceremony, leading to nerves all round.But as Kate’s father and sister accompanied the Duch
Around 23 million people tuned in worldwide to watch the ceremony, leading to nerves all round.
But as Kate’s father and sister accompanied the Duchess to the Westminster Abbey venue, they clearly showed their support for the bride-to-be, as revealed by a lip reading expert who has analysed the footage.
As Kate left their hotel for the ceremony, her father Michael Middleton approached his daughter for reassurance that all was well, asking: “You okay?”
Mr Middleton once again appeared concerned for his daughter when the two entered Westminster Abbey, again asking the bride-to-be whether she was okay.
Pippa Middleton, sister to Kate, also lent words of encouragement to the Duchess, telling her: “You look amazing”.
Royal analysts claim Kate is close to her family, even despite the royal engagements she and William are expected to go on.
Royal biographer Katie Nicholl has claimed in her book ‘Kate: The Future Queen’ that though Kate and her sister were always competitive, this was “never against each other”.
The author added the Middleton sisters “were very much a team”.
It’s also reported the two were spotted around London frequently together before Kate’s marriage to the Duke, and even shared an apartment in Chelsea.
And in an interview with the US’ NBC Today programme, Pippa was asked by host Matthew Lauer what it was like to be a part of the wedding between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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According to lip reader Tina Lannin, Kate also received support from other people during the 2011 royal wedding ceremony, including the bishop.
Ms Lannin claims the Duchess responded to a question by the bishop before walking down the aisle, by saying: “Yes, I suppose so. I expect I’ll be worn out today. Thank you.”
And later in the day, when the royal couple were stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace before a roaring crowd, Prince William asked his wife whether she was okay.
According to Ms Lannin, William appears to say: “Alright? You’ll be okay?” Kate then replied: “Oh I’m fine, thank you.”
The Duchess had appeared taken aback by the size of the crowd before them, saying at one point: “Oh wow.”
William appeared to agree – during their carriage journey returning the newly-weds to Buckingham Palace, he said: “It’s mad, it’s mad! Oh my goodness.”
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have lent their support to emergency service staff.
In June, William’s first post-lockdown visit in person was to ambulance staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn to thank them for their service to the nation.