KATE, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William joined senior royals for a lavish Order of the Garter Service in Windsor yesterday. Why was Meghan Markle not at the event when it was on her doorstep?
Kate Middleton and Queen Letizia attend Order of the Garter
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, attend a spectacular Order of the Garter Service 2019 at St George’s Chapel Windsor yesterday. While the event was held just metres away from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home, neither of the royal pair were present. And their absence has sparked rumours among royal watchers.
Why was Meghan Markle not at the Order of the Garter Service?
Senior royals from across Europe flew into Windsor for the spectacular Order of the Garter ceremony yesterday.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were joined by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, as well as King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain.
Meghan Markle vs Kate Middleton: Why Kate was at Order of the Garter and Meghan WASN’T (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle vs Kate Middleton: Senior royals attended but Meghan wasn’t among them (Image: GETTY)
As second in line to the British throne, Prince William is higher up the royal hierarchy than his little brother Harry.
William was named a Knight of The Garter in 2008 which means he takes part in the annual service and dons ceremonial dress for the special event.
Prince Charles is also a Knight of the Garter and both he and Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge were at the ceremony.
Prince Harry, on the other hand, is not a Knight of the Garter and is therefore not invited to the Service, nor is his wife Meghan.
Last year royal expert, Marlene Koenig told Harpers Bazaar: “The Duke of Sussex is not a Knight of the Garter and will probably not be invested until his father is King.
“The Duchess of Sussex has never attended and will probably not attend until Harry is named.”
Meghan Markle vs Kate Middleton: Kate was there to support William (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle vs Kate Middleton: The lavish ceremony is held every June (Image: GETTY)
Kate was present to support her husband at St George’s Chapel alongside other royal wives.
The Duchess of Cambridge stunned in a white Catherine Walker coat dress and a black Lock and Co hat.
The Order of the Garter service took place at St George’s Chapel, a stone’s throw away from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Frogmore Cottage home.
St George’s Chapel has a special place in both Meghan and Harry’s heart as its where they had their lavish royal wedding last year.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their son Archie will be christened at the venue next month.
Meghan Markle vs Kate Middleton: The Queen wore ceremonial dress for the event (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle vs Kate Middleton: Order of the Garter facts (Image: GETTY)
What is Order of the Garter?
The Most Noble Order of the Garter is an order of chivalry founded by King Edward III of England in 1348.
Membership of the Order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than 24 living members, or Companions.
Appointments to the order are made at the Queen’s discretion.
An annual Garter Day is held every June when the members of the Order don their habits and garter insignia and meet at Windsor Castle.
If any new Knights of the Garter are due for installation, an investiture ceremony is held in the Throne Room of Windsor Castle on the morning of Garter Day.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK