Royal snub: How Meghan is without honour given to Kate, Camilla, Diana, Anne and the Queen

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MEGHAN MARKLE has been given the honour of many royal firsts by the Queen since she joined the Royal Family – but the Duchess of Sussex has not yet been given a role that is particularly close to the royals. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry married in their spectacular royal wedding in May 2018 and welcomed their firstborn Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor just under a year later this May. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also moved to their first family home together and completed their first royal tours as a couple all within Meghan’s first few months as a royal. However, Meghan still does not have an honorary military appointment, in contrast to the Queen, Princess Anne, Princess Diana, the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate Middleton.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holds the position of Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets.

This chimes in with Kate’s well-known passion for young people and education, as the Air Cadets, train 12-20-year-olds in flying, outdoors and leadership skills.

It could be that Meghan has not expressed an interest in adding a military appointment to her royal roles, as her royal areas of expertise centre around social issues, environmentalism, and women’s leadership.

The Duchess of Sussex also does not currently hold British citizenship, which could prove an obstacle in gaining a British Armed Forces position if she does not change her citizenship status in the future. 

The Duchess of Sussex Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge Image Getty
The Duchess of Sussex Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge Image Getty

The Duchess of Sussex, Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge (Image Getty)

Kate Duchess of Cambridge visiting the RAF Cadets Image Getty
Kate Duchess of Cambridge visiting the RAF Cadets Image Getty

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge visiting the RAF Cadets (Image Getty)

In addition, the Duchess has only been a member of the Royal Family since May 2018, leaving little time to cram in more royal duties.

She received her first royal patronages in January this year, becoming a patron of the National Theatre, The Mayhew, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Smart Works.

Kate first became a patron of the Royal Foundation in October 2011, so the two Duchess’ took on the important roles within a similar timeframe after their royal weddings. 

The Duchess of Cambridge received her Air Cadets appointment from Prince Philip in December 2015.

Princess Anne on horseback in this years Queens birthday parade Image Getty
Princess Anne on horseback in this years Queens birthday parade Image Getty

Princess Anne on horseback in this years Queen’s birthday parade (Image Getty)

The Duchess of Sussex is currently on maternity leave, after giving birth to Archie in May, and the new parents are expected to join the Queen and Prince Philip at Balmoral this month. 

The Queen herself famously served in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) during World War Two.

Her Majesty, who was known as Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor in the ATS, trained as a mechanic and driver.

Meanwhile, Princess Anne’s impressive royal record includes 27 military appointments.

Royal military appointments Image DX
Royal military appointments Image DX

Royal military appointments (Image DX)

Meanwhile, Princess Anne’s impressive royal record includes 27 military appointments.

Princess Royal rode on horseback, alongside Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince William this year, in her position as Colonel-in-Chief of the Blues and Royals.

Prince Harry’s mother Princess Diana also held military honours, including for the Princess of Wales’ Regiment. 

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall as Colonel In Chief of the Royal Australian Corps of the Military Police Image Getty
Camilla Duchess of Cornwall as Colonel In Chief of the Royal Australian Corps of the Military Police Image Getty

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as Colonel-In-Chief of the Royal Australian Corps of the Military Police (Image Getty)

However, Sarah Ferguson, when she was HRH The Duchess of York, did not hold any military appointments, despite her husband Prince Andrew’s long-standing service in the Royal Navy. 

Their daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, as they are not senior “working” royals, do not hold any military honours. 

I; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, meanwhile holds honorary appointments including a position in the Desert Rats Association in memory of her father.

Source: EXPRESS CO UIK