Meghan Markle made her debut on the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony for the Queen’s 92nd birthday on Saturday.
She was joined by the Queen, Prince Philip, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and of course her husband Prince Harry.
The Trooping the Colour was streamed live on TV, but many viewers were left wondering why Meghan was stood so far back, since it was her balcony debut.
According to Majesty magazine managing editor and royal expert Joe Little, there’s an etiquette to these things.
He told People, “She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order. There was no slight intended, but William being the older, more senior brother would go out [first] with his wife.”
However, he added that Meghan “was still in a good position. She was central rather than the alternative of being in the front row and along the balcony to the left or right.”
Viewers however were not impressed with there being a pecking order in the 21st century, with one writing, “Pecking order. Please. This royal s**t is so antiquated. I can’t believe in today’s world we still marvel at this class system where one person is “better” than another.”
“Place source says Meghan’s balcony position would have come from her. There’s no one laying this out, telling her where to stand. And there were a lot of kids who everyone would want at the front.” Why do you people have to find negativity in everything? pic.twitter.com/NLOg0zEoM8
— Victoria Jude (@VickyTheGoddess) June 12, 2018
Pecking order. Please. This royal shit is so antiquated. I can’t believe in today’s world we still marvel at this class system where one person is “better” than another.
— Jessica Barker (@Jbarkerjune) June 12, 2018