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Meghan Markle’s refusal to stand with the Queen and Kate at Remembrance Day ceremony, sparks controversy.


The Duchess of Sussex wasn’t standing with her royal family members at a Remembrance Day Service on Sunday. But, that doesn’t mean she was slighted.

So, why wasn’t she standing with Her Majesty and Kate?

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During the solemn ceremony honouring those who lost their lives in World War I, the Queen and Kate stood together at one balcony. While Meghan watched from the balcony of another window. 

So why did she stand on another balcony?

As the balconies of each window are small, it’s nearly impossible to fit more than three or four women on each. Although, Meghan didn’t join her family members, she was given a very important position of her own.

During the ceremony, she watched with German President Frank Steinmeier’s wife, Elke Budenbender. During official events, the royal family also arranges themselves according to a royal pecking order.

What is this royal pecking order?

For instance, when Meghan made her official Trooping the Colour debut in June, she wasn’t front and centre on the palace balcony. Instead, she stood behind Prince William and Kate Middleton.

She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected. But, there is a pecking order. There was no slight intended. However, William being the older, more senior brother would go out first with his wife.

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Meghan was still in a good position. She was central rather than the alternative of being in the front row and along the balcony to the left or right.

At the Remembrance Day ceremony.

During Sunday’s event, the Duchess of Sussex stepped out wearing a black coat and hat with her hair pulled back. Meanwhile, Kate sported a black coat with a white collar and red embellishments on the shoulders. 

Both wore red poppies. It is the symbol of remembrance for World War I and veterans. The two royal brides also wore similar all-black outfits at festival of Remembrance ceremony at Royal Albert Hall.