Why Kate Middleton has to bow to Princess Eugenie


KATE MIDDLETON is one of the highest-ranking royals – but even she is beholden to bizarre protocol rules – why does Kate need to bow to Princess Eugenie?

For example, she is required to bow to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie – despite being older than them and the future Queen Consort.

The Duchess of Cambridge does actually outrank both Princess Eugenie and her older sister Princess Beatrice – but she’s still beholden to the rules because she isn’t a direct descendant of the Royal Family.

When she is with her husband the Duke of Cambridge, Eugenie and Beatrice curtsy to her, as she takes on her husband’s standing.

Princess Eugenie

Kate Middleton outranks the Princess – but still has to bow (Image: GETTY)

Kate Middleton and Princess Eugenie

Kate Middleton is one of the highest ranking royals (Image: GETTY)

However, when she is not with her husband, Kate is required to curtsy to all the princesses who received their titles through birth.

The same is required of Kate when she meets with any of the Queen’s four children – but she wouldn’t be required to bow to their partners.

For example, she would be required to bow to Princess Anne – but wouldn’t need to bow to Anne’s husband Sir Timothy Lawrence.

When the Duchess of Cambridge eventually becomes Queen Consort, she will bow to no one – and all other royals will curtsy when they meet her.

Kate Middleton and Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie is a blood member of the family unlike Kate (Image: GETTY)

Do the royals curtsy in private?

Apparently yes, as Meghan Markle revealed earlier this year in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Her first time meeting the Queen took place when she was having lunch with Princess Eugenie and the queen happened to have a free moment.

Meghan explained: “It turned out, the Queen was finishing a church service in Windsor and so she was going to be at the house.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle said she was required to bow to the Queen – something she apparently wasn’t aware of (Image: GETTY)

In order to prepare the Duchess of Sussex to meet the queen, Sarah, Duchess of York helped the former actress with her etiquette.

She said: “I thought genuinely that was what happens outside I thought that was part of the fanfare.

“I didn’t think that was what happens inside. And I said, ‘But it’s you’re grandmother,’ and he [Prince Harry] said, ‘It’s the Queen.’”

Meghan is also meant to bow to Kate as she is married to the second son of Prince Charles, meaning she ranks lower than the Duchess of Cambridge.

However, it’s understood the approach to bowing to superiors isn’t taken seriously when the family are getting together outside of royal engagements and public events.

The Duchess of Cambridge is even technically meant to bow to her three children, all of whom are prince/princess – but this is hardly likely to take place in their family home.

All royals bow to the Queen whenever they see her – the only instance in which this was unlikely was with her late husband Prince Philip.


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