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Royal shock: How Royal Family could see shakeup when Prince William becomes king

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry officially dropped royal duties at the end of March this year, but it came with some requirements.

For example, both Meghan and Harry will no longer actively use their HRH titles, and the word ‘Royal’ used in relation to organisations associated with them would have to be reviewed.

But one aspect that might confuse things further are the rules of etiquette when greeting a member of the royal family.

Marlene Koenig of the Royal Musings blog explained the royals follow different protocol based on their role in the Firm.

She said: “The wife of the king is by tradition a queen.

“The husband of a queen, in most monarchies, has to be created a title.”

Prince William with the word'king' behind him

There could be some changes in etiquette when William becomes king. (Image: Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty)

After all, in the official statement issued by the Meghan and Harry this year regarding their departure, it’s stated that they will still remain members of the royal family – albeit privately funded ones.

The royals have specific rules of etiquette that should be followed, and these are usually based on positions within the family.

For example, the royals usually arrive in order of seniority when they attend events, with the most senior arriving last, according to Hello! Magazine.

So the Queen would usually arrive at events last, followed by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and so on.

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prince william and kate middleton wedding

Currently, Prince William is second in line to the throne. (Image: Chris Jackson / Getty)

According to reports, the etiquette also includes curtseying for women or a head bow for men to one another, again based on their positions within the family.

These don’t need to be exaggerated, but can simply be subtle movements.

However, this can be extremely complicated, and is apparently affected by whether people are born into the royal family or married into it.

And it gets even more confusing depending on whether a royal couple are together in a room or not – in such situations, the wife takes on her husband’s position.

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The Queen

The Queen is, of course, the most senior royal. (Image: Sean Gallup / Getty)

As such, Woman’s World reports, if Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were in a room together with the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie, then Meghan would only need to curtsey to the Queen, Charles, and Camilla.

And Princesses Anne, Beatrice, and Eugenie would curtsey to Meghan.

However, this would change if Harry was not in the room, with the curtsey order then affecting Meghan’s position.

Presumably, this situation would be the same if Kate Middleton took Meghan’s place in this scenario, because both were married into the family.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wave at onlookers

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their departure from royal duties earlier this year. (Image: Steve Parsons / WPA Pool / Getty)

Women’s World adds that Prince William has a higher position within the royal family than Prince Harry does, and so this also affects Kate and Meghan when they are together.

If the two were to follow the protocol, then Meghan would curtsey to Kate.

But in public, it seems that the two largely abandon this protocol. Cheatsheet reports that when Meghan took part in the royal Christmas celebrations at Sandringham, her and Kate curtsied to the Queen but not to each other.

But this could change when Prince William ascends to the throne.

In that situation, according to Hello! Magazine, then it becomes more likely that Meghan would give a curtsey to Kate – in a public setting, at least.

But it’s unclear whether this would extend to private meetings – Hello! adds that the royals seem to cast aside the traditional etiquettes and only tend to curtsey to the Queen.

It’s unclear whether Harry and Meghan’s departure from senior royalty will affect this, but Harry is still sixth in line to the throne.



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