Why didn't Meghan Markle sit with the royal family on Remembrance Day?


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This weekend, the royal family attended several events for Remembrance Day. The events were broadcast on the television, with millions tuning in to pay their respects to those who fought and died in the war.

But eagle-eyed viewers noticed that while the Queen, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, were together during the event at the Cenotaph war memorial in London, Meghan was paying her respects from a separate balcony.

She was instead stood alongside the President of Germany's wife, Elke Budenbender.

So why was Meghan placed away from the other royals?

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Apparently, it's all to do with the royal 'pecking order'. While Meghan is married to Prince Harry (who is sixth in line to the throne), she is deemed lower in the ranks when compared to the Camila and Kate (whose husbands are second and third in line to the throne, respectively).

Managing editor of Majesty magazine, Joe Little, told PEOPLE: 'She was not as prominent perhaps a some people might have expected, but there's a pecking order.

'There was no slight intended, but William being the older, more senior brother would go out first with his wife.

'She was central rather than the alternative of being in the front row and along the balcony to the left or right.'

However, a palace source said Meghan’s balcony position 'would have come from her.'

'There’s no one laying this out, telling her where to stand,' they said.

'And there were a lot of kids, who everyone would want at the front.'

Jadie Troy-Pryde
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Jadie Troy-Pryde is News Editor, covering celebrity and entertainment, royal, lifestyle and viral news. Before joining the team in 2018 as the Lifestyle and Social Media Editor, she worked at a number of women’s fashion and lifestyle titles including Grazia, Women’s Health and Stylist, and now heads the Marie Claire UK news desk.