Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were stopped in their tracks after almost breaking a royal rule during a family appearance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Harry’s father, Prince Charles, receiving his official title of Prince of Wales.
All it took was one look to grind their procession to a halt, reported The Daily Express. The couple was in serious breach of royal protocol during the event, per0 the news outlet.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen alongside the prince’s grandmother when it appeared that Markle was going to step ahead of her majesty as they walked out of the room. In the video posted by The Daily Express, the couple, Prince William, and Kate Middleton were all exiting the room. It seemed that Harry and Markle looked to be exiting the room first — and in the quick clip, Harry is seen looking to see just where his grandmother was, before walking further. As soon as he saw that they were ahead of the queen, the couple stopped in their tracks.
There is a strict order of how the family is allowed to walk in social situations. The Daily Express reported that even Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, traditionally walked one step behind his wife.
Both Markle and her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, have to adhere to strict royal protocol when in social situations with the royal family, per The Telegraph, after the queen updated what is known as the Order of Precedence in 2012.
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Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by The Queen @TheRoyalFamily to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Investiture of The Prince of Wales. Follow @ClarenceHouse to see more from today’s reception.
When Middleton is not with her husband, Prince William, she must always bow to “blood princesses” — those that are royal by blood, and have not married into the royal family. These would include Princess Anne and Prince Andrew’s daughters, Eugenie and Beatrice. When she is with William, she does not have to follow the same protocol. She must always defer and curtsy when she is greeting the Queen, Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Phillip, and Prince Charles — as they are senior members of the royal family.
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At Blackpool Central Library The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined people involved in CECD Blackpool’s ‘A Better Start’ programme, including health visitors, practitioners from the Blackpool Hospital Family Nurse Partnership, and parents. The session, led by Merle Davies, the Director of Blackpool’s Centre for Early Child Development, discussed the impact of long-term investment in mothers, fathers and children in their early years. The Duke and Duchess also met people affected by problems around #MentalHealth, including issues such as homelessness and addiction, and people making a difference through innovative work locally. With representatives from the emergency services and first responder community they learned more about how they are helping people in Blackpool with complex mental health needs. #RoyalVisitBlackpool
The Telegraph reported that this strict royal protocol is to be followed during public events, and in private as well.
This order is also followed at events such as a royal wedding. The royals of lesser importance are allowed in the church first, followed by the Queen’s immediate family, in reverse order of importance — Anne, Edward, Andrew, and Charles — with their spouses and children. Then Queen Elizabeth will enter with Prince Philip, if he attends the event. The prince retired from public life in 2017, after 65 years of service.