This Is Why Meghan Markle Didn’t Stand With Kate Middleton and the Queen at the Remembrance Day Ceremony

On Nov. 10, the royal family attended the official Remembrance Day ceremony. Unlike most ceremonies where we can expect to see the entire royal family together, this one was a bit more somber. But that is to be expected when observing a holiday that recognizes members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the line of duty.

But perhaps what was most interesting about the royal family’s presence at the ceremony was how they decided to stand. Namely, how Meghan Markle stood away from the Queen, Kate Middleton, and Camilla Parker Bowles.

 Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Karwai Tang/WireImage

What is Remembrance Day?

Americans and people outside of the Commonwealth may be unfamiliar with Remembrance Day. The holiday, also known as Poppy Day because of the remembrance poppy, recognizes the end of the First World War. It also serves as a time to remember those who have died in service.

The holiday is celebrated on Nov. 11 to commemorate the end of hostilities between countries.

The holiday was originally a spin-off of Armistice Day, during the Second World War, the name was changed to Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth countries and Veterans Day in the U.S.A.

Why didn’t Meghan Markle stand with the Queen, Kate Middleton, and Camilla Parker Bowles?

This year, most of the women of the royal family stood together. Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall all stood with one another on one balcony, while Markle stood on the balcony of a window outside of the Cenotaph war memorial.

So, why didn’t she stand with her new family?

Apparently, it was just a spacing issue.

According to People, the balconies of each window aren’t big enough to fit four women.

This isn’t the first time that Markle didn’t stand with her sister-in-law and grandmother-in-law. Last year, she stood with Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Sir Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne’s husband.

Has Meghan Markle stood apart from the royal family at other events?

Fans of the royal family may also remember that while Markle did stand with the rest of her family at the Trooping of the Colour this year, she was further to the back than most people expected.

“She 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. “There was no slight intended, but William being the older, more senior brother would go out [first] with his wife.”

Media backlash against Meghan Markle

Markle being separated from some of the royals at the Remembrance Day event comes on the heels of Markle and Prince Harry’s ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, where she revealed that she wasn’t coping well with how harsh the media has been against her.

“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging,” she said of how she’s been dealing with the media criticism.

“Then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” she told reporter Tom Bradby when he asked if she was okay. “So, you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um . . . yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”