Here's why Harry and Meghan had to sit behind William and Kate at their final event

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the two most talked about people in the world right now, after they announced in January that they would be stepping down from their royal roles, losing their HRH status, becoming financially independent and relocating to Canada.

This week, Harry and Meghan returned to the UK, undergoing their final engagements before officially leaving the fold, and from that viral umbrella photo to the Queen extending a sweet olive branch to them, the Sussex family has been making non-stop viral news.

The most news however came from their appearance at last night’s Commonwealth Service, their final official event as royals.

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The internet found the event ‘painful’ to watch, with William and Kate appearing to not even greet the Sussex couple when they arrived - prompting further rumours of feuds and fallouts.

One of the main questions prompted by the former Fab Four’s appearance however was the seating plan, with Harry and Meghan forced to sit behind William and Kate.

Why? Well, it turns out it’s all down to succession.

Prince Charles had pride of place behind the Queen, followed by Prince William and Kate Middleton, and then Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, followed by Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex.

If the Cambridge children or baby Archie had been in attendance, they would have sat according to their place in the succession too, all in line to the throne.

Well, that’s that.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.