He had previously confessed that stress was high as the big day approached. However, Prince William could see he wasn’t the only one to be nervous when his stepfather led the bride to the altar.
Very emotioned, Michael Middleton seemed a little overwhelmed by the solemnity of the event, as he was scrutinized by nearly two billion viewers. Fortunately, William was able to relax him.
When they shook hands, Prince slipped a few words to his stepfather. Through lipreader Tina Lannin, we know the content of this exchange. According to Press, cited by the Telegraph, William told Michael Middleton: “We’re supposed to have just a small family affair”.
Another lipreader, Ruth Press, spotted what the prince said to Kate when she appeared before him: “You look beautiful,” he told his bride, as she walked towards him in her Alexander McQueen dress.