What it's like to cover a royal wedding on television
After hours of coverage on the Long Walk to Windsor Castle, Seven News journalist Melissa Doyle took a moment to reflect on witnessing the marriage of the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan. "I loved it," she says. "I wish I could give you better words to explain, but the feeling and excitement were palpable." WHO asked Doyle for some insight into the occasion.
What was the atmosphere like?
The crowd was incredible. They were here, well, a lot of them have been lining the streets for the last few days but this morning we arrived on site at about 5 AM and the streets were already full. They had been casing out their spots with blankets and chairs. Um, it was really one of those events where people clearly love Harry and Meghan as couple, but it was beautiful and we had the most incredible spot. Our studio had this just had this magnificent view down the Long Walk, so we saw her in the car as she came in with her mum, and up into the church for the wedding, and then we saw the carriage procession and that seriously would have been 20 metres from us, so if I wasn't on air and talking, I probably could have had the best selfie ever! But the atmosphere was just wonderful and I feel very, very privileged as a journalist to be here and be a part of it. And it was a gorgeous day, it's probably 21 degrees, sunny, clear blue skies, and more than anything, everything went smoothly, without a hitch, so I think that's what we're most grateful for.
Was Meghan's Givenchy dress what you expected?
I loved it, and wasn't it beautiful in its simplicity? We knew there was no question that she would be one of the most stylish brides ever, and I think the fact that she wore a dress that was so classic, it wasn't adorned with anything, there was no sparkles, it was timeless. I loved the veil, I loved the touch that there was all 53 nations in the Commonwealth represented in the embroidery by having their floral emblems out through, I thought that was really, really special, given the role that they will be playing with the Commonwealth. I thought she looked beautiful. She's such a gorgeous, stylish woman. I loved in the first half when she was walking down the aisle, and she's on her own, and she just looks so strong and relaxed and sure of where she was and why she was there and my admiration for her as a woman is enormous. And then there was a moment when Charles meets her halfway up the aisle and looks her in the eyes and takes her hands and guides her up the rest of the way and that was a lovely moment. I ket trying to remind myself, 'That's a father-in-law telling his future daughter-in-law, 'Welcome.'
What other aspects of the wedding did you enjoy?
The little bridesmaids and page boys, they were so cute and they looked so happy and just seemed to be enjoying it and the particular moment when she's walking into the chapel and one of the twin sons of her friend Jessica grins with this huge smile and a couple of his front teeth missing, it just felt very easy, even though there was a lot of formality and pomp. It felt remarkably happy and intimate. You can almost forget for a moment it was a royal wedding with protocols and rules and all those other things. It felt like so much of it reflected who they are as a couple and the way she looked at him when he lifted her veil and the way he spoke to her and said she looked amazing and held her hand, it was really lovely. And the other moment I loved was when they walked out of the chapel at the end and stood there and they came out of the amazing arch of flowers, and then stood there and had that gorgeous kiss, which we were all mentioning, 'Well, it was quite lingering. We like that. That wasn't just a peck!'
Who amongst the celebrity guests stood out?
Ah, Amal Clooney. I have a little bit of a crush on Amal Clooney, and George Clooney, anyway, but they were beautiful. She looked amazing and that dress, and she George on her arm, that just added to it. She looked so elegant. I liked the mix of people there. There were so many celebrities and lots of different faces that you don't even know that they are friends with Harry and Meghan. You're going through the crowd and there's Idris Elba and Carey Mulligan and there are all of those people, well, the Suits people we knew, but I thought that was a really nice touch that they were able to invite who they wanted because that's what a wedding's meant to be. Celebrity spotting was fun!
And Harry's eyes whenever he looked at Meghan—was that lovely?
To me, it's honesty and that was really special and they are clearly in love.
What its like to cover a royal wedding on television