- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat next to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie at a National Service of Thanksgiving during Platinum Jubilee weekend.
- A commentator says they “stuck to their seats” in a “deliberate” move to keep Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “nowhere near” Prince Charles or Prince William and Kate Middleton
- The royal family maintained the “order of precedence” in the program but it went “out the window” with seating.
All eyes were on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a Platinum Jubilee weekend service. They sat next to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. However, the Duke of Sussex’s cousins didn’t move. They stayed put in their seats. The reason, according to a commentator, had to do with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s exit.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t arrive at the National Service of Thanksgiving with other royals
Meghan and Harry’s jubilee service appearance had them arriving separately from other royals. According to Richard Eden, the Daily Mail diary editor, it marked a “particularly intriguing” moment.
“They didn’t arrive in the minibus with the minor royals, they had a car so maybe that’s something that was generously given to them,” by Queen Elizabeth II, he said on Mail Plus’ Palace Confidential podcast, per Express.
Eden explained Harry and Meghan’s jubilee service arrival became a “sort of, grand entrance” because they weren’t joined by other royals.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie ‘stuck to their seats’ at St. Paul’s Cathedral to keep Prince Harry and Meghan Markle away from other royals as they left
Harry’s cousins didn’t move down to make room for him and Meghan because, as Eden shared, they had assigned seats. He pointed to when the Duke and Duchess walked up the aisle and to their seats.
“When they got there, all the seats were, sort of, taken so they couldn’t sit at the end … people had to get up,” he said. “Why it was, so, Beatrice and Eugenie didn’t move, they didn’t, sort of, move down the row to let them in, they stuck to their seats.”
The reason, he explained, had to do with the procession on the way out of St. Paul’s Cathedral. “It meant that Harry and Meghan were far behind. They had to wait for everyone else in their row to leave first so they couldn’t be photographed,” he said.
As a result, “they weren’t in the same shots as Prince Charles or the Cambridges,” he added, calling it “deliberate.” “They were nowhere near them.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were listed directly after Prince William and Kate Middleton in the program
The seating arrangement at St. Paul’s Cathedral wasn’t reflected in the program, according to Eden. In a “genuinely fascinating” move, the royal family listed Harry and Meghan in the court circular.
“[They were mentioned] directly after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, so they kept with the order of precedence, well that went out the window in the service,” Eden said. “What we saw in the service was they were relegated to the second row.”