Why Meghan Markle has to stand behind Kate

Mehera Bonner
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From Cosmopolitan

Meghan Markle attended her first major royal event since going from Suits star to casual Duchess, and the pictures were iconic. But you may have noticed that Meghan was stuck in the back of the royal lineup - behind her sister-in-law Kate Middleton who was pretty much front and centre.

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So, like, whattup with that?!

Apparently, when it comes to royal events, it's all a matter of "pecking order" - and Meghan Markle simply didn't make the first row cut. "She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order," royal expert Joe Little told People. "There was no slight intended, but William being the older, more senior brother would go out [first] with his wife."

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Meghan's position at Trooping the Colour was actually better than that of Kate when she attended her first year of the event. She stood in the first row back then as well- but way to the left - whereas Meghan got to hang in the middle with the cool kids.

"[Meghan] was still in a good position," says Little. "She was central rather than the alternative of being in the front row and along the balcony to the left or right."

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