It was a historic day for the Royal Family, and for the entire world as well. As all senior members of the British Royal Family gathered to mark 100 years since the end of World War I, people across the planet observed the somber yet celebratory events to mark the momentous occasion.
One such event was their balcony appearance as the commemoration was going on below them. Accustomed to the much larger venue of Buckingham Palace, the relatively tiny size of the perches presented a rather awkward dilemma. You see, there were five ladies who were assigned to appear on the balconies, yet each location was too small to accommodate the entire contingent comfortably.
“The family gathered for a Remembrance Day Service on Sunday to honor those who lost their lives in World War I. Queen Elizabeth II, Kate Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall all stood together on a balcony. Meghan, meanwhile, watched from an adjacent balcony outside the Cenotaph war memorial in London.” (Fox News)
So, what does the Royal Family do when they are faced with such an awkward situation? Well, refer to protocol and their ‘pecking order,’ of course. That meant that the newest, and lowest-ranking member of the Royal Family had to step aside and miss out on her chance to stand next to the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duchess of Cambridge.
“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 the outlet. “There was no slight intended…”
Since Camilla and Kate are destined to be Queen Consorts one day, it was really no-brainer. Meghan its unlikely to ever assume such a position within the lineage, as Prince Harry her husband is only sixth in line to the throne.
And rather than crowd the four of them on one mini balcony, they sent Meghan to the adjacent one to stand next to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s wife, Elke Budenbender.
The Duchess of Sussex was attending her first Remembrance Day ceremony since marrying Prince Harry on May 19th. She and the Duke of Sussex are expecting their first child in the Spring.
I imagine that, in time, Meghan will get used to the strict rules that guide almost every aspect of her new family's lives and come to see these apparent ‘slights’ as nothing more than a necessary adherence to what has been observed for centuries before Meghan ever joined the clan.
And, hopefully, she’ll learn to not take these perceived ‘snubs’ personally and just enjoy all the perks of being part of one of the most powerful families in the world.