Why Meghan Markle didn’t stand with the royal family on Remembrance Day

On Sunday, November 11 thousands of people across Britain fell silent to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Among these were members of the royal family who solemnly watched Remembrance Day commemorations in London from a balcony overlooking the Cenotaph war memorial.

In attendance were the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex.

However royal fans noticed something rather bizarre about the positions in which the family members stood.

The Queen, Kate Middleton and Camilla all stood together on one balcony to watch the proceedings, while Meghan Markle stood on another balcony at a different window.

Meghan, 37, wasn’t alone though, she was joined by Elke Büedenbender, the wife of German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

One interpretation of this balcony situation is that Meghan had been asked to look after the President’s wife – a sign that the Queen has faith in her to handle diplomatic situations.

However many people think this wasn’t the case and claim the expectant mother was snubbed by the Queen.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, told PEOPLE he believes it was all to do with a royal "pecking order" and it’s something that was also obvious during Meghan’s Trooping the Colour debut in June – when she stood behind Prince William and Kate.

He explained: "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.

"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."

A palace source added that Meghan’s balcony position "would have come from her."

They added: "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."

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