On her first Remembrance Day as part of the royal family, Meghan Markle did not stand alongside any of the other royal women and there’s actually a pretty solid explanation. It apparently had to do with lack of space.
The Duchess of Sussex didn’t stand by Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, because only three or four women can comfortably stand on a balcony, as the windows are small with limited view. The three women stood by each other, while Meghan watched the ceremony, which honored those who lost their lives in World War I from a different balcony near the Cenotaph war memorial in London. She stood next to Elke Budenbender, Germany’s First Lady.
The determination of the royal family’s arrangements or seat order results from their “pecking order,” which stems from the royal’s title or rank.
According to Joe Little, Majesty’s magazine managing editor, who spoke to PEOPLE, it’s not meant to be taken offensively; it’s just the way their rules work. “She [Meghan] was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order. There was no slight intended, but William being the older, more senior brother would go out [first] with his wife.”
However, a source revealed to the outlet that Meghan’s choice of balcony position is actually entirely up to 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,” said the insider.
Despite what people may think, the mom-to-be actually had a pretty good view. “[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,” added Joe.
It’s good to know there are no hard feelings between the royal women!