Meghan Markle stood on a different balcony from Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth II during a Remembrance Day service because of her rank in the royal family

Victoria Jones/WPA Pool/Getty ImagesCamilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the queen, and Kate Middleton at Sunday’s Remembrance Day service.
  • On Sunday, Meghan Markle stood on a different balcony from Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton during a Remembrance Day service honouring veterans.
  • According to royal expert and CNN commentator Victoria Arbiter, Markle was on a separate balcony because of her rank within the royal family.
  • Since there was limited space on the “small” balconies, the queen simply stood next to the two future queen consorts, “as she would … for any other occasion with limited space,” Arbiter said.
  • As the wife of Prince William, who is second in line for the British throne, Middleton outranks Markle in the royal family’s order of precedence.
  • Markle’s husband, Prince Harry, is currently sixth in line to the throne.

Over the weekend, royal fans may have noticed that Meghan Markle stood on a different balcony from the queen and Kate Middleton during a Remembrance Day service. It turns out there’s a simple reason why, according to a royal expert.

On Sunday, the queen was joined by members of the royal family at a Remembrance Sunday service outside The Cenotaph, a war memorial in London. This year marked the centenary of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918.

Wearing all-black ensembles and fascinators, the queen, Markle, and Middleton watched from balconies of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry laid wreaths on the memorial below.

Kate middleton queenChris Jackson/Getty ImagesThe royals all sported red poppy pins to honour military personnel who have died in combat.

While Queen Elizabeth II and Middleton stood on the same balcony, along with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Markle was accompanied by Elke Büdenbender – a German judge and the wife of Germany’s president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier – on a separate balcony.

Meghan markle remembrance dayChris Jackson/Getty ImagesElke Büdenbender and Meghan Markle at the Remembrance Day service.

According to royal expert and CNN commentator Victoria Arbiter, Markle stood on a different balcony from the queen and Middleton simply because of her rank within the royal family.

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“There was absolutely no slight, no scandal, no hidden message in terms of who stood where during the Remembrance Day commemorations,” Arbiter told INSIDER.

Since the balconies of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are small, Arbiter explained, it was “impossible for everyone to stand together.” The queen therefore stood next to the two future queen consorts, “as she would … for any other occasion with limited space,” Arbiter said.

As the wives of Charles and William, who are first and second in line for the British throne, respectively, Camilla and Middleton outrank Markle in the royal family’s order of precedence. Markle’s husband, Harry, is currently sixth in line to the throne.

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