Why global superstar Meghan Markle ultimately takes a back seat to Kate Middleton

Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge return in a horse-drawn carriage after attending the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour' on Horseguards parade in London on June 9, 2018. - The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign's official birthday, although the Queen's actual birthday is on 21 April. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Meghan Markle may be the new global superstar of the British royal family. And she may have garnered most of the headlines following the family’s gathering on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the annual Trooping the Colour last weekend.

But there’s also a pecking order in the House of Windsor, and the new Duchess of Sussex officially is not all that high in the order. So for her first ever Buckingham Palace balcony appearance, the former TV actress couldn’t be front and center like she was at her May 19 wedding.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge return in a horse-drawn carriage after attending the Queen’s Birthday Parade ( DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Instead, front and center with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles was Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

“(Meghan) was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order,” Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, told People magazine. “There was no slight intended, but William being the older, more senior brother would go out [first] with his wife.”

Yes, in fact, Kate’s husband Prince William is second-in-line to the British throne, so he’s likely to become king one day after Prince Charles. That means, Kate will one day become queen consort.

Meanwhile, Harry is now sixth in line to the throne, but he’ll eventually fall lower in the line of succession as William’s heirs, Prince George, Princess Charlotte or Prince Louis have children. Notably, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, also enjoyed a front spot on the balcony, with their 7-year-old cousin Savannah Phillips, who at points stole the show by pretending to conduct the orchestra or by putting a hand over George’s mouth.

The Trooping the Colour is an annual parade of regiments from the British and Commonwealth armies to honor Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday. The event also features a flyover of military jets.

For this year’s festivities, the queen was surrounded by four generations of royals. Not present was Prince Philip who is 97 and who announced last year that he was retiring from public engagements.

But with the queen in the front row of royals were Kate and William, as well as the queen’s offspring: Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne. In fact, Kate stood next to Prince Charles, who stood next to his mother.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during Trooping The Colour on …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

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