Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were sat behind the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, and Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Commonweath Day ceremony yesterday.

Instead of sitting front row with the rest of the immediate Royal Family, Meghan and Harry had to make do with seats in the second row at the Commonwealth Day ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were given the honour of sitting in the front row at the ceremony.

Older though less senior royals, such as Prince Andrew and Princess Anne, were seated in the row behind.

The Queen took the top spot, at the end of the first row, with Prince Charles next to her, followed by Camilla. Then came Prince William, with Kate taking the last coveted spot in row one.

Prince Harry sat at the top of the second row, directly behind the Queen. Meghan, dressed in a navy frock and cream coat from designer Amanda Wakeley, a favourite designer of the late Princess Diana, was seated next to Prince Andrew.

The bride-to-be, who was recently baptised into the Church of England and is set to become a British citizen, sang the national anthem at the start of the ceremony.

The very specific seating plan at the Abbey was worked out in order of succession to the throne.

William is the second in line, behind dad Charles, while Harry is fifth in line. The younger royal had to make way when William and Kate’s children were born – George in 2013 and Charlotte in 2015.

The 33-year-old will slip down another place in the hierarchy when the Duchess gives birth to her third child in April.

Kate, 36, wore a navy ensemble, with each piece dyed to match – a style the Queen often opts to wear.

The Queen wore maroon to the event, with a hat covered in pink flowers. 

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attended with her husband Prince Charles, 58. She appeared to have been inspired by Kate and Meghan, as she wore navy too.

The ceremony was attended by members of the 53 Commonwealth member states.

Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the crowd, followed by a performance from ex-One Direction star Liam Payne. Ghanaian drum collective One-Drum and spoken word artist Jaspreet Kaur also entertained the audience, which included 800 school children and young people.

Prince Philip, who has retired from public events, was not in attendance.


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