updated 06/30/2014 AT 7:40 AM ET
•originally published 06/30/2014 AT 8:15 AM ET
Obviously, being an active participant can throw off one’s perspective.
And while admitting that “it sounds funny to say,” Pippa Middleton’s matter-of-fact reaction to her sister Kate Middleton’s marrying Prince William in the 2011 royal wedding was, simply, “We saw it as just a family wedding. And actually, I didn’t realize, perhaps, the scale of it until afterwards.”
For that matter, all the Middletons shared her understated response.
“We all took on the roles as any family would,” Pippa said in an exclusive TV interview that aired on Monday’s NBC Today show.
Seeing the TV cameras and, especially, she said, the throngs of people who had gathered to witness the wedding couple’s kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Middleton, 30, recalled thinking, “Wow, this is pretty special.”