KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, received an honour from the Queen on her eighth wedding anniversary which Meghan Markle may now never be able to receive, according to resurfaced reports.
Kate just celebrated her 38th birthday amid the shake-up of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s shock announcement earlier this week that they intend to “step back” from their roles as senior royals. Royal fans were stunned when the couple declared that they intended to become “financially independent” of the monarchy. Meghan and Harry married in May 2018, but emphasised their desire for privacy very early on within their relationship and have now taken a huge leap to move away from the main Royal Family. The couple have also revealed that they plan to establish a trans-Atlantic future for their family of three by splitting their time between the UK and North America.
Kate, on the other hand, married Prince William in 2011 in the knowledge that she would one day be Queen Consort and is often at the forefront of royal events.
Even so, it was not until her eighth wedding anniversary that the Queen honoured her with a new title, Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order – and according to a Newsweek article from 2019, Meghan may “have to wait even longer” to receive a similar honour.
Journalist Janice Williams explained: “[Kate’s] now in the company of dignitaries like knights and dames, including Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla.
“While it took Middleton eight years to receive the title, there’s a possibility her sister-in-law Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, will have to wait even longer.”
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton (Image: Getty)
Meghan and Harry returned from Canada earlier this week (Image: Getty)
Ms Williams said this is because Meghan was still not a UK citizen at the time of writing, and she is still not an official UK citizen today – despite marrying into the Royal Family and giving birth to the seventh in line to the throne, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Although, it should be noted that it is uncommon for royal spouses to receive Orders from the Queen shortly after marriage. Prince Philip, for example, was only made a Knight Grand Cross in 2017 during his 70th wedding anniversary with his Queen.
Ms Williams continued: “Although she may be eligible to receive an honorary Knight’s title if the Queen one day chooses, the former US resident may have to wait to receive full British status before she’s granted a title in the Royal Victorian Order.”
Kate was awarded Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order on her eight wedding anniversary (Image: Getty)
Royal expert and author Meghan Koenig tweeted in April last year: “Meghan will probably not receive any Orders until she becomes a UK citizen. Foreigners, including former US Presidents, received honorary knighthoods.
“She probably won’t receive her first order until after Charles is King.”
Additionally, as the Newsweek article pointed out, the Queen only hands out the accreditation “limitedly and at her discretion”.
Yet, with the shocking announcement from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, it is not known how much time Meghan and Harry may spend in the UK in the future, and commentators wonder if the couple will apply for other international citizenships instead.
Harry, Meghan and Archie plan to split their time between the UK and North America (Image: Getty)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would be stepping back from their roles as senior royals (Image: Getty)
After only three days in the UK, Meghan has already returned to Canada to see Archie. Meghan also lived in Toronto, Canada, for years while working on the US drama Suits and is said to think of the country as her home.
Buckingham Palace did not respond when questioned over the duchess’s citizenship application in the light of the couples’ announcement either, according to the BBC.
Yet, the Royal Family has said it will work “at pace” with different governments – presumably the UK, American and Canadian governments – to find “workable solutions” to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to divide their time between the UK and North America.
Meghan and Harry made the announcement earlier this week (Image: Getty)
With Meghan’s ongoing British citizen application and Harry and Archie’s certified British citizenship, it may prove difficult to negotiate a new citizenship with Canada, which is where the couple have just spent their six-week break.
While Canada is part of the Commonwealth, it does not mean it would end up automatic citizenship.
Apparently, it takes approximately six years to receive citizen status there, after permanent and continuous residency – which may be hard to come by if the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex continue to move between North America and the UK.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK