Reverence is not reserved only for Elizabeth II. In 2011, after several years of relationship, of a love born at the university, Prince William and Kate Middleton said “yes” at a royal wedding worthy of the name, celebrated in Westminster Abbey in London , thus making the young woman the Duchess of Cambridge. Seven years later, she is joined in the royal family by Meghan Markle, who married Prince Harry in 2018, and now carries the title of Duchess of Sussex. Commoners, raised for one within a well-off English family, and the other, from a blended family in the United States, immersed very early in the world of cinema before embarking on a career as an actress.
Not being of royal blood, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle therefore do not wear the title of princess. And because of this, they are forced to curtsy to the royal princesses, namely Princess Anne, daughter of Elizabeth II, as well as Beatrice and Eugenie, daughters of Prince Andrew. A protocol that they do not respect, however. Indeed, if the two duchesses curtsy to the queen, they have never been seen making this traditional gesture to other members of the royal family. “The women of the royal family who marry like Kate and Meghan obtain their titles by marriage and are therefore of a lower rank than those born under their titles”, thus entrusted to The Mirror the expert Wendy Bosberry-Scott.
Who should bow to whom?
A rule of precedence that was first instituted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1595, when she decided that her blood family prevailed over all others. “Essentially, the hierarchy exists to ensure that the princesses born of royal blood, like Eugenie and Beatrice, are not somehow put aside”, specifies the expert, who underlines the statutes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are linked to those of their husbands, Princes William and Harry. “As the men have a higher rank than the princesses (Anne, Eugenie and Béatrice), they have precedence, and this higher rank is reflected on their wives”, she adds, specifying moreover that being ” inferior “to Kate Middleton by this rule, Meghan Markle should also bow to the Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle © Chryslene Caillaud