The Weird Reason Why Meghan Markle Had to Stand Behind Kate Middleton at Trooping the Colour

Would you stand behind your sister-in-law, though?

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Meghan Markle attended her first major royal event since going from Suits star to casual Duchess, and the pictures were iconic. But you may have noticed that Meghan was stuck in the back of the royal lineup—behind her sister-in-law Kate Middleton who was pretty much front and center.

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So, like, whattup with that?!

Apparently, when it comes to royal events, it's all a matter of "pecking order"—and Meghan Markle simply didn't make the first row cut. "She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order," royal expert Joe Little told . "There was no slight intended, but William being the older, more senior brother would go out [first] with his wife."

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Kate Middleton at her first Trooping the Colour in 2011.
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Meghan's position at Trooping the Colour was actually better than that of Kate when she attended her first year of the event. She stood in the first row back then as well—but way to the left—whereas Meghan got to hang in the middle with the cool kids.

"[Meghan] was still in a good position," says Little. "She was central rather than the alternative of being in the front row and along the balcony to the left or right."

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