Why Harry and Meghan are sitting in the second row at the Queen’s funeral

In the weeks leading up to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, the drama surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been hard to ignore as various news and gossip sites have speculated about their relationship with the rest of the royal family since they stepped down as working royals and moved to California . The gossip continued at services for the Queen, with some wondering why the couple were sitting in the second row. A British news outlet reports that the real reason has nothing to do with drama. Read on to find out what it is.

Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II

Harry’s seating arrangement drew comments online and offline. “Why is Prince Harry in the second row?” wrote one Twitter user. “Another poor decision by the royal family and truly disrespectful to Her Majesty the Queen who adored her grandson. Where is the unit? “The disrespectful treatment of Harry and Meghan is disgusting,” said another. “They just couldn’t HELP other than put Harry and Megan in the second row, even though there were two perfectly nice seats in Will and Kate’s row,” noted another. “Unfortunately, the reunion between William and Harry from last weekend’s tour appears to be short-lived,” tweeted journalist Sarah-Louise Robertson.

Sarah Ferguson at Universal Children's Day 2005 at the Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles.

But at least one observant social media user cracked the code during the services. “Looks like the grandkids are in order of age,” they tweeted. “Peter Phillips, Zara, William and families are front row. Harry, Eugenie, Beatrice, James and Louise in the second.” Hi! magazine reports that the Queen’s grandchildren were actually seated in order of age. Although Prince William – the new heir to the throne – was ahead of his older cousins ​​Peter and Zara, the rest of the family appears to have sat by birth order.


King Charles III and his wife Camilla, Queen Consort, sat in the front row with Charles’ sister, Princess Anne, and her husband Sir Tim Laurence, his brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and Prince Edward’s wife Sophie. They were joined by the Prince and Princess of Wales and their two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Princess Anne’s son and daughter, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, also sat in the front row.

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In the second row, Prince Harry sat directly behind his father, King Charles, and sat next to Markle. Harry’s cousins, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank, and their mother Sarah Ferguson were also in this line.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan

The Queen’s funeral was watched by four billion people worldwide, including 11.4 million people in the United States, where it began before dawn on Monday. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in Europe for a series of charity events when Queen Elizabeth died on September 8. People magazine reports that the couple has since returned to their native California. Why Harry and Meghan are sitting in the second row at the Queen’s funeral

Sarah Y. Kim

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