The real reason Meghan and Kate were on separate balconies for the Remembrance Service

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex were positioned on different balconies for yesterday's Remembrance Service [Photo: Getty]

All eyes were on Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton this weekend as they attended the Remembrance Sunday memorial service at the Cenotaph in London.

The sombre occasion marked the first time the royals had been seen together since an ITV documentary appeared to confirm a rift between the two couples, and some were hoping to see the Duchesses and their husbands standing together.

But, while the Duchess of Cambridge stood with Queen Elizabeth and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Sussex was positioned on a separate balcony with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Princess Anne's husband.

It is tradition that members of the royal family accompany the Queen to the annual Remembrance Day Service, but this year's occasion also marked the 'Fab Four's' first reunion since Prince Harry hinted that there may have been some truth behind those rift rumours in the documentary.

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(left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Eizabeth II and the Duchess of Cambridge during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London.
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(left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Eizabeth II and the Duchess of Cambridge during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London.
The Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence also attended the service (Picture: PA)
The Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge watched from a balcony during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London (Picture: PA)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, and leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn prepare to lay wreaths during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in London, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. in rear former Prime Ministers David Cameron, center, and Gordon Brown walk past. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Former prime ministers Gordon Brown (left) and Tony Blair during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London.
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Today's service commemorates the armistice ending WII, which was signed on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Battle of Kohima in India, the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands and the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy. (Picture: PA)
The Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence also attended the service (Picture: PA)
A two-minute silence was held across the country at 11am (Picture: SWNS)
Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson took a break from election campaigning to remember those who lost their lives in conflict (Picture: PA)
The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex followed their father in laying wreaths (Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)
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In Pictures: Nation falls silent on Remembrance Sunday
In Pictures: Nation falls silent on Remembrance Sunday
In Pictures: Nation falls silent on Remembrance Sunday
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to lay a wreath during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in London, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. Remembrance Sunday is held each year to commemorate the service men and women who fought in past military conflicts. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) prepare to lay wreaths as they take part in the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London, on November 10, 2019. - Remembrance Sunday is an annual commemoration held on the closest Sunday to Armistice Day, November 11, the anniversary of the end of the First World War and services across Commonwealth countries remember servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty since WWI. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
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(left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cambridge during the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London.
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But before more fire is added to the in-fight fire, the real reason the royals were standing apart has everything to do with protocol and nothing to do with drama.

As Hello! magazine reports, at such occasions royals are required to stand according to their order of precedence in the royal family, which means that rather than hinting at an ongoing feud, the two families were actually just abiding by royal rules.

When Prince Philip retired from royal duties, the Duchess of Cambridge took his place, and it makes sense she was given the spot considering her husband, Prince William, will one day be king.

It is also understandable that Prince Charles's wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall takes up a position next to the queen as her husband will also one day be on the throne.

The Duchess of Sussex was positioned next to the Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne's husband [Photo: Getty]

Just to further disappoint those hoping for more drama behind the move, royal fans will no doubt recall Meghan and Kate taking up their separate positions last year, with Kate standing next to the Queen with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan watching from another balcony window with the wife of the German president, Elke Büdenbender.

So there you have it, yesterday's event was a shade-free zone. And rightly so considering the importance of the occasion.

Yesterday's service marked the second remembrance event of the weekend with the royal family attending theFestival of Remembrance on Saturday, which both Kate and Meghan also attended.

Arriving at the Royal Albert Hall in London with Prince William, 37, the Duchess of Cambridge donned a form-fitting navy dress, reportedly by Jenny Packham, which featured a boat-neck and velvet belt.

Meanwhile, Meghan, 38, stunned in a bespoke black brocade dress by Erdem - complete with a subtle collar, button and belt detailing, and a flared skirt.

The Duchess of Sussex, who arrived with Prince Harry accessorised with a pair of ruby earrings by Jessica McCormak, understood to be worth £25,700.

Six-month-old Archie's mum finished off her look with a navy version of her favourite £490 Aquazzura heels, a small red poppy, and a patent black clutch bag.

Prince William and Prince Harry were pictured together following hints at a family rift [Photo: Getty]

And on Friday the Duchesses both opted for shades of blue at two different events in London.

Kate, 37, visited London's St Martin-in-Field this morning for the launch of National Emergencies Trust. The independent charity will provide emergency response to disasters in the UK.

For the event, the Duchess of Cambridge wore belted long-sleeved dress by one of her go-to British designer's: Emilia Wickstead.

In contrast, Meghan, 38, wrapped up warm in a thick wool coat for her engagement.

The duchess attended the 91st Field of Remembrance ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey with Prince Harry. The Field of Remembrance was opened by the Duke of Sussex's grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.

-This article first appeared on Yahoo

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