Why Meghan and Harry stood at the back of the balcony at Trooping the Colour

Prince Harry Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex during Trooping the Colour ceremony

The Duchess of Sussex has made her first public appearance since giving birth to son Archie, at this year's Trooping the Colour.

But despite being among of the most senior members of the royal family, Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry, appeared to have been shuffled to the back of the balcony to watch the annual show.

The Queen and Prince Charles took their places at the front, as expected, with William, Kate and their brood standing directly to Charles' side – a not-so-subtle nod to the line of succession.

Whereas on the other side of the Queen stood her third child Prince Andrew, followed by royal kids Viscount Severn, Isla and Savanna Phillips and their parents Peter and Autumn Philips, while Meghan and Harry were tucked in behind Andrew.

The positioning did not go unnoticed on social media, with many royals fans confused at why Harry could hardly be seen.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Queen Elizabeth ll, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Colour in London
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The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth rides in a carriage to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen's Birthday Parade and one of the nation's most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth rides in a carriage to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen's Birthday Parade and one of the nation's most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge ride by carriage down the Mall during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge ride by carriage down the Mall during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis join other members of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Place to acknowledge the crowd after the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge make their way from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
Ce samedi 8 juin 2019 se déroule la parade Trooping the Colour à Londres. Lors de cet événement très attendu et très scruté, une chose frappe l'attention : l'absence du prince William aux côtés de Kate Middleton, du prince Harry et de Meghan Markle.
Soldiers march to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen's Birthday Parade and one of the nation's most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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One person made reference to the widely reported 'feud' between William and Harry, and noted the fact that the Sussexes were also standing very far away from the Cambridges.

"If Kensington Palace (sic) wanted to tamp down feuding rumours by having Meghan, Harry, and Kate in the same carriage, it did not work," they said, "The Cams and Sussexes were miles apart on the balcony, as opposed to last year when they stood together."

Why Meghan and Harry were at the back

At every royal event, there is a pecking order. It's why Harry and Meghan usually enter after William and Kate, and why you'll often see Kate and Meghan walking a step behind their respective husbands.

We all know the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children are in direct line to the throne, while Harry has been bumped down to sixth in line, and baby Archie is seventh.

That explains why William and Kate were out in front, but not why Prince Andrew, who is now eighth in line to the throne, was blocking Harry and Meghan's view.

The Queen and Prince Andrew pictured on the balcony for Trooping the Colour 2019, while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stand behind them

Tradition gives us more of an answer here. Last year's Trooping the Colour was the first time the Queen's husband Prince Philip, was not in attendance, having retired from public duties.

In all previous years, he had taken his place at the Queen's side for the annual event, while Prince Charles stood at her other elbow.

In the Duke of Edinburgh's absence in 2018, who stepped up to the Queen's other side? None other than Prince Andrew, who did the same thing again this year.

Meghan and Harry were standing towards the centre back in 2018 as well, and as royal expert Joe Little explained to People at the time, "She [Meghan] was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there's a pecking order."

"There was no slight intended, but William being the older, more senior brother would go out [first] with his wife."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured standing at the back at the 2018 Trooping the Colour balcony, while Prince Andrew stands next to the Queen
First appearance since Archie's birth

The Trooping the Colour, which marks the Queen's official birthday with an annual parade in London, was Meghan's first appearance in public since the birth of her and Harry's son Archie.

The Sussexes were among the royals taking part in the carriage procession from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade and they sat alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday.

Meghan looked elegant in a wide-sleeved navy ensemble by Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, with a matching beret style hat by Noel Stewart, which is very similar to the one she wore to Princess Eugenie's wedding last year.

What the royals wore

Meghan's sister-in-law Kate chose a sunny yellow dress by Alexander McQueen with a Philip Treacy floral headpiece.

Camilla wore a green embroidered dress by go-to designer Bruce Oldfield and wide-brim cream hat from Philip Treacy.

Harry was dressed in his full Blues and Royals uniform, and unlike other members of the royal family including Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince William, Harry did not enter on horseback because he does not hold the position of a royal colonel of the Household Division.

The Queen, who actually turned 93 on April 21, was wearing Angela Kelly, and led the other members of her family onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch the RAF fly-past.

Prince Louis' public debut

Meghan and Harry's son Archie was not present, but Kate and William's youngest child Prince Louis, made his balcony debut.

Prince Louis at Trooping the Colour 2019 with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, William and Kate

The 13-month-old was passed between both his parents during the show, and pulled some pretty funny facial expressions while his older siblings watched on in awe.

In a sweet tribute to his uncle Prince Harry, Louis was wearing the exact same outfit the Duke of Sussex wore to the 1986 Trooping the Colour.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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