Published On: Tue, Feb 5th, 2019

Why Kate Middleton stands in front of Meghan Markle at royal events

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are often seen with their royal husbands at grand events. The two Duchesses are married to Prince William, 36, and Prince Harry, 34, respectively. However, eagle-eyed fans have noticed that Meghan tends to stand behind Kate at events. Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, often walk behind Kate and William.

But why is this? Managing editor of Majesty magazine Joe Little told People magazine this is due to a “pecking order” in the Royal Family.

After last year’s Trooping the Guard, Meghan’s first appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony, he said: “She 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.”

The royals are keen to stand on ceremony, and have a number of subtle protocols for their public appearances.

The royals tend to arrive at events in order of importance.

The least important will arrive first and the most important last.

For example, Prince Charles, 70, will arrive at an event prior to the Queen’s arrival.

This rule is so longstanding that it even applies at funerals – however, the Queen made an exception on one occasion.

She allowed former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s family to arrive at his state funeral after her.

There are also strict rules in place when it comes to arrival and departure times of guests at royal events.

Debretts states that everyone must arrive before the highest ranking royal attending.

No one should leave an event before a royal.

Attendees must seek individual permission to leave early from a private secretary before a royal event.

It was recently revealed Prince William had a romance with Arabella Musgrave shortly before he met the now-Duchess at university. 

Royal expert Katie Nicholl detailed the relationship in William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls.

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