Who Meghan Markle WILL and WON’T have to curtsey to after marrying Prince Harry



MEGHAN Markle will wed Prince Harry in May 2018 – but who will she have to curtsey to when she finally ties the knot with the royal?

Curtseying is a traditional gesture of greeting and an important one in the royal court.

The US actress will have to learn the “minefield” of royal etiquette after announcing her engagement to the 33-year-old on November 27.

But according to royal expert Christopher Wilson, the rules and the pecking order can change.

The current rules on who-curtseys-to-who were first drawn up by the Queen’s private secretary, in a document in 2005.

The purpose of the document – titled “Precedence Of The Royal Family To Be Observed At Court” – is to clarify Camilla’s position in the hierarchy following her marriage to Charles.

As the 36-year-old prepares for her spring wedding, she will also be expected to learn who is above and who is beneath her and Prince Harry.

Christopher also reveals that Meghan will always be expected to curtsey to her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Queen, but only sometimes to Sophie Countess of Wessex.

And only in the presence of Prince Edward will Meghan have to bend her knees to Sophie as according to the royal expert who says “it’s the presence of the royal husband that ‘validates’ the status of the wife”.

Talking to the MailOnline, Christopher said: “A curtsey to Princess Anne? Yes. She’s the daughter of the Sovereign. Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice? Yes. But not if Harry’s in the room when they should curtsey to her.

“Nor before Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips, who despite being a blood royal will still be below Meghan in the pecking order (and expected to curtsey to her if Harry is present).

“As the new wife of the Prince of Wales, Camilla ought to have come second in order of precedence after the Queen — the position Diana occupied as Princess of Wales.

“However, owing to the circumstances and evolution of her relationship with Charles, Camilla was moved down a peg or two.”

According to Christopher, the rules put Princesses Anne, Alexandra, Beatrice and Eugenie ahead of Camilla – but not Sophie Wessex.

In 2012, the rules were updated to include the Duchess of Cambridge – who was born a commoner.

Christopher added: “Her place in the order of precedence is behind the blood royal Anne, Alexandra, Beatrice and Eugenie, although when William is by her side she is not expected to curtsey to the last two.

“Without William, Kate would curtsey to Camilla; with him, she would not. That’s unless Prince Charles is present, in which case she would.”

And when it comes down to the male side of the royal court, Meghan will only have to curtsey to those with a “Prince” title.

Christopher continued: “If he’s got ‘Prince’ in front of his name, she will curtsey.”