Why Meghan Markle Did Not Stand With Kate Middleton, Camilla And The Queen At The Remembrance Day Service
The Duchess of Sussex stepped out recently for another milestone royal event. Meghan Markle attended her first Remembrance Day on Sunday, November 11 and did a fantastic job camouflaging her baby bump.
For the occasion, the pregnant royal chose an all-black outfit. To keep herself and her bump protected from the cold, Meghan wore a tailored coat which had some poppies pinned to it. Her hair was swept to the side in a bun and she looked quite beautiful standing next to Elke Büdenbender, the German President's wife.
One thing people quickly noticed was that the Duchess was not standing on the balcony of the Cenotaph war memorial building along with Camilla, Kate Middleton, and Queen Elizabeth. Instead, she stood on a different balcony with Büdenbender as she watched the male members of the royal family lay down their wreaths.
Was it a royal snub?
According to People, the Duchess of Sussex was not purposely slighted with this arrangement. The balconies of each window were small and it would be impossible to fit the Queen of England, Duchess of Sussex, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in that limited space.
Even though Meghan stood apart from the rest of the royal women, her position has its own significance. Standing with the German President's wife was an honor in itself, in addition to the fact that this could also have been Prince Philip's spot. The Queen's husband retired from royal duties in August 2017.
A palace source revealed to the publication that it was likely Meghan's idea to stand on a different balcony and that there was no layout which she was forced to follow.
The Remembrance events for this year will honor those whose lives were lost and will also mark 100 years since the First World War ended.
Other royal attendees included Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. The royals were all later pictured watching the evening's entertainment from the royal box.