It was her first Remembrance Day as a member of the royal family but Meghan Markle didn’t stand with the Queen, Kate Middleton and Camilla on the royal balcony.
Kate Middleton had pride of place on the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building to watch the service take place, standing alongside Her Majesty and her mother-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall.
However, the 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex, who is pregnant with her first child with Prince Harry, instead watched the ceremony unfold beside Elke Büdenbender, the wife of German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The balcony politics left many scratching their heads wondering why the newest member of the family was snubbed on the day.
However, there are a few reasons why Meghan may have been placed alongside the German dignitary.
Royal pecking order
It could all be down to her place in the royal family and where she comes in the pecking order.
“She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order,” Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, told People magazine.
“[Meghan] was still in a good position.”
Indeed, it makes sense that Camilla and the Duchess of Cambridge would stand by the Queen, as both of their husbands are in line to take over the throne.
Prince Philip’s absence
Another reason could be that Prince Philip missed the Remembrance Day ceremony and the Queen didn’t want to stand up on the balcony alone.
If the 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh was in attendance, it would likely have meant that Kate and Meghan would have stood side-by-side on the day.
It’s been claimed that Meghan Markle’s position on the balcony could have actually been a strong sign from the Queen that she trusts the Duchess of Sussex completely.
Situating Meghan beside the German president’s wife could show that Her Majesty sees her grandchild’s wife as the best person be diplomatic at such events.
Either way, Meghan Markle’s segregation didn’t last long, as she was pictured later that day walking alongside the royal family at the Centenary Of The Armistice Service at Westminster Abbey.
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