The newest addition to the royal family, Meghan Markle, has seemingly won over her regal relatives since marrying Prince Harry this past May. But despite buddying up with Queen Elizabeth, the 37-year-old it seems isn’t immune to her husband’s family hierarchy. So much for royal treatment. . .
Exactly 100 years after the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, the House of Windsor assembled Sunday at The Cenotaph war memorial in London to attend the Remembrance Sunday Service which honors fallen veterans. Each of the royal women in attendance donned all-black ensembles accessorized with red poppy brooches, a special symbol for the occasion. However, when it came to seating arrangements, the family took up very different spots.
Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles’ wife), all witnessed the annual event from the same balcony. Meghan, on the other hand, stood on a separate balcony alongside Elke Büdenbender, wife of the president of Germany.
What may seem like an intentional snub to the Duchess of Sussex was actually just a space issue, according to People. Given the size of the balconies, it’s unlikely that Meghan would have fit alongside the rest of the royal crew, hence her station at another balcony.
This also isn’t the first official event where Meghan’s positioning may have seemed less than ideal. During the Trooping The Colour celebration in June, which celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday, the entire royal family squeezed onto the Buckingham Palace balcony, and Meghan notably took up a spot behind her sister-in-law, Kate. But, while a royal hierarchy may be at play (Kate had a similar spot at her first Trooping the Colour in 2011), Meghan reportedly offered to observe from the back during this occasion.
According to a palace source via People, the Duchess of Sussex’s choice of view “would have come from her. There’s no one laying this out, telling her where to stand. And there were a lot of kids who everyone would want at the front.” Future selfless parenting skills? Check.