Here's why Meghan Markle has to stand behind Kate Middleton — royal 'pecking order'

Meghan Markle made her royal debut on the palace balcony during the Trooping the Colour, but she was noticeably not front row.

Brittany King

All eyes were on Meghan Markle as she made her big royal debut on the palace balcony on Saturday for the Trooping the Colour in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's birthday. 


While almost the whole family was in attendence, it was hard not to notice that the American wasn't standing in the front. Instead, she took her place alongside her new husband Prince Harry right behind her new in-laws, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Were two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was peoples perception. Nothing about me changed. Im still the same person that I am, and Ive never defined myself by my relationship.

Meghan Markle
Vanity Fair

Here's why:


It has to do with a royal "pecking order."


"She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but theres a pecking order," Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, told People. "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," added Little. "She was central rather than the alternative of being in the front row and along the balcony to the left or right."


Back in 2011 when Middleton made her Trooping the Color debut, she was positioned in the front, but to the far left of the balcony.