PUBLISHED: 07:00, Thu, Nov 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:05, Thu, Nov 5, 2020
Meghan and Prince Harry are thought to still have strained relations with the rest of the Royal Family after they left the Firm earlier this year. The couple have now settled in California, US, and with the UK about to enter another national lockdown, they are unlikely to return to Britain to celebrate key events such as Remembrance Day with the other royals and smooth things over. Even though the pair are no longer working royals, it’s thought they may continue to attend special group occasions to show they still “honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth and our patronages”.
The Remembrance Day service is usually a particularly important event for royal watchers, as it gives insight into the family's dynamic.
Meghan first attended the annual service in 2018, which was the 100th anniversary of signing the Armistice which ended the battle on the Western Front during World War 1.
She was seen standing on a balcony next to the wife of the German President, Elke Budenbender, while the Queen stood on a separate balcony with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
This was seen as a snub by some royal watchers — however, with a closer look, it’s clear that this gesture actually elevated Meghan’s status.
Meghan Markle was rewarded with a special honour on Remembrance Day (Image: Getty)
Meghan with the wife of the German President, Elke Budenbender (Image: Getty)
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams explained: “The balconies overlooking Whitehall occupied by the Royal Family are very small.
“The Queen was without Prince Philip who has retired and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge are future Queen Consorts.
“To be on a balcony with the wife of the German President, Frau Elke Budenbender as Meghan obviously had a unique cachet.”
This counteracts claims within the pro-Sussex, but unauthorised, biography, ‘Finding Freedom’, where authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claim the pair felt unappreciated by the Palace.
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Meghan and Mrs Budenbender share a smile back in 2018 (Image: Getty)