“I think Harry and Meghan were both united on the idea of having a small, family, intimate wedding,” she said. “I know it doesn't sound small with 800 people, but by royal standards, it is smaller. And, Windsor is also really special place to Prince Harry. He spent a lot of childhood there, went to school there [and] it’s where he spends a lot of time as an adult with his grandmother.”
“And, we understand it's where Meghan first got to know the Queen,” Nicholl added. “She spent time with the Queen at Windsor, so I think [it’s] a special place to both of them and that was very much indicated in today's press conference.”
The venue was also where Prince Charles and wife Camilla Parker Bowles held a blessing for their marriage in 2005. While the chapel doesn’t have a balcony for the couple to make their first public appearance as husband and wife, Kensington Palace aides have told Nicholl that the pair are looking into how they can “make the public as much a part of this wedding as they can.”
As it becomes apparent that the wedding will be much different from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day, Nicholl adds that Harry’s relationship itself is starkly different to his brother’s.
“One of the contrasts between William and Kate's engagement interview and photo call and Meghan and Harry's is that Meghan and Harry seemed a lot more relaxed in front of the cameras,” Nicholl said. “They barely looked at the cameras -- they were so busy gazing into each other's eyes and they were tactile together and held hands. Their arms were linked, they were incredibly happy.”
“I think to show that affection -- [like] we saw back at the Invictus Games when Harry kissed Meghan on the cheek at the closing ceremony -- is utterly unprecedented royal behavior,” she added. “Usually we don't see those public displays of affection, so in that respect we're seeing a very different couple to William and Kate.”