Camilla OVERTAKES pregnant Meghan Markle and Kate in the Queen’s pecking order

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Camilla OVERTAKES pregnant Meghan Markle and Kate in the Queen’s pecking order

CAMILLA was once reported to have had a frosty relationship with the Queen, who famously branded the Duchess of Cornwall a “wicked woman” she would “have nothing to do with”.

But that appears to have changed dramatically in the run-up to Prince Charles’ milestone 70th birthday. Camilla has been working hard in the background to prove her commitment to the Royal Family. And she was given the honour of standing with the Queen alongside Prince Charles during the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance. Kate and William were also on the front row, with Meghan and husband Harry pushed to the very back next to a pillar.

Camilla has been working hard in the background to prove her commitment to the Royal Family Image GETTY
Camilla has been working hard in the background to prove her commitment to the Royal Family Image GETTY

The couple were sat behind Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip, in a move that surprised some royal fans.

Those same fans had watched on open-mouthed when the Queen requested her old foe Camilla join her and Kate on the balcony at the Remembrance Day Cenotaph parade hours earlier, which left Meghan Markle out in the cold.

He explained that as Prince Philip missed the service Kate took his place Image GETTY
He explained that as Prince Philip missed the service Kate took his place Image GETTY

The pregnant royal was left to stand on an adjacent balcony alongside the wife of President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Mourners were quick to point out that while threesome the Queen, Kate and Camilla wore a cluster of three, four and even five poppies on their black outfits, Meghan wore just one, triggering rumours of a pecking order.

And she was given the honour of standing with the Queen Image GETTY
And she was given the honour of standing with the Queen Image GETTY

During formal events, the royal family arranges themselves according to a royal hierarchy, according to Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine.

The royal expert said: “She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order.”

He explained that as Prince Philip missed the service, Kate took his place alongside the Queen, pushing Meghan out and to the other balcony.

But Kate was not exempt from the perils of the royal pecking order, as she soon discovered at the Remembrance Day Sunday service the following evening.

Kate and Meghan were both pushed back a row to sit behind the Queen Camilla and prince Charles Image GETTY
Kate and Meghan were both pushed back a row to sit behind the Queen Camilla and prince Charles Image GETTY

Camilla dressed in a bright purple outfit that was strikingly similar to the Queen’s for the occasion.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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