There’s A Drama-Free Reason For Why Duchess Meghan Didn’t Stand With Duchess Kate And The Queen At Sunday’s Remembrance Ceremony
Yesterday was Remembrance Sunday, or Armistice Day, in the UK. And on that day, the Royal Family participates in a solemn moment with everyone else at 11am. The picture you’re looking at above is from the Trooping the Color ceremony in June, when Duchess Meghan returned from maternity leave and stood with Duchess Kate, Duchess Camilla, The Queen, and everyone else of relative royal importance. Duchess Kate and Duchess Camilla got to stand with The Queen at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony, but Duchess Meghan was relegated to a lesser balcony. But! It’s not what you think. People magazine says this isn’t the real-life version of Picturegate.
Here’s what it looked like yesterday on The Queen’s balcony in front of the Cenotaph.
— Duchess Kate Blog (@HRHDuchesskate) November 10, 2019
And here’s what it looked like over on Duchess Meghan’s balcony. She was sandwiched between Sophie, Countess of Wessex (aka Prince Edward’s wife), and Sir Timothy Laurence (Princess Anne’s second husband).
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) November 11, 2019
The editors of The Daily Express probably weren’t the only ones who got a real “Eh, stick them over there” vibe from that balcony. Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry have admitted that they don’t love traditional Royal Family life, and Harry confirmed his relationship with his brother Prince William is colder than Granny’s tea after she nods off for a nap during East Enders. And yeah, there was also the story that The Queen removed Meghan and Harry’s picture from the audience room at Buckingham Palace. So it might seem like a shady seating chart choice made by The Queen. But People’s source says it’s anything but.
The only reason Meghan was given the boot from The Queen’s special box was because it simply wasn’t big enough for four women. This video can provide a bit more perspective of the situation. When it finally zooms out, you can see that there are many balconies that look upon the Cenotaph.
See footage of Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex & Navy Officer Timothy Laurence at Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph
— Getty Images Entertainment (@GettyVIP) November 10, 2019
You can also see that four might be a bit of a tight squeeze. And let’s face it, when it’s rumored that you don’t exactly enjoy the person you’re squeezed next to, things are bound to get awkward. Royal protocol expert Joe Little told People previously that there’s a “pecking order” and Duchess Meghan doesn’t rank as socially high as Camilla or Kate. Camilla is married to Prince Charles, who is first in line to the throne. Kate is married to William, who is second in line to the throne. Harry is sixth in line, which is why she was put at on that balcony with the other spouses. If you’re wondering where Charles and his sons were, they marched down on the ground in their former soldier best, and laid wreathes.
Prince Harry and Prince William stood in unison during the service, and were joined by Prince Edward and Princess Anne. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth watched the proceedings from a balcony, along with Kate Middleton and Duchess Camilla. Meghan Markle watched the service pic.twitter.com/8iVrHEq2j4
— Prince henrycharles (@princeharry_c) November 11, 2019
I understand why Meghan was up on that balcony with two people she probably shares only the vaguest of interests with (“Speaking of remembrance…remember what it was like being a civilian?“). But no one would be talking about any possible balcony drama if Harry was up there with her. And that’s because they’d be too busy hiring another lip reader to see if they can catch Meghan asking Harry if that’s a sword in his pants.