<p><span></span>During <strong>Queen</strong> Elizabeth's recent Diamond Jubilee celebrations, all eyes were on Prince William's wife of 14 months, <strong>Kate Middleton</strong>, who appeared to be embraced as a member of the family. But just weeks later, Kate has been delivered a slap in the face.<br />
In an official revision to the Royal Household's Order of Precedence, Kate, 30, is now required to curtsy to Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's two daughters, Princess Beatrice, 23, and Princess Eugenie, 22. Why? They're considered blood princesses, while Kate merely married into the royal family.
"It's a total humiliation for Kate," a source in Kate and William's social circle confirms to Life & Style. "It's like a demotion for her in the royal family, and the queen is the one who ordered this."
Even more insulting, when William's with her, no curtsy is necessary -- but if she encounters them without her husband by her side, she has to bow down, whether in public or private.
"These moves from the queen are designed to remind Kate that just because she's popular, she isn't as important as the queen or any other royal-born family member," the friend reveals.