Meghan Markle made her debut on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside Prince Harry for the Queen’s Birthday celebration, Trooping the Colour.
The new Duchess of Sussex, who wore a daring off the shoulder pale pink dress, was not front and centre as she made her first appearance with Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Meghan noticeably stood behind her sister-in-law Kate and at time appeared almost hidden from view.
However, it was not a royal snub as some may have thought.
Kate is married to a more senior royal than Meghan and so according to royal tradition, she has precedence over the new Duchess.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said: “She 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.”
“Meghan was still in a good position.
“She was central rather than the alternative of being in the front row and along the balcony to the left or right.”
Meanwhile a palace source suggested to People magazine, Meghan’s position on the balcony “would have come from her”.
Kate for her Trooping the Colour debut in 2011 stood in the front but to the far left of the balcony.
The insider told the magazine: “There’s no one laying this out, telling her where to stand.
“And there were a lot of kids who everyone would want at the front.”
Meghan also appeared nervous for her balcony debut and may have welcomed being in the second row.
As Her Majesty’s carriage pull through the Palace’s gates, she quizzes: “Do it?”
Harry then quickly replies “yes” before bowing to his grandmother as Meghan curtsies without hesitation.
Earlier new Duchess of Sussex appeared nervous on the royal balcony and Harry turned to ask his wife whether she was okay.
To which Meghan replied: “Yeah, are you?”
“Yeah,” said the Duke of Sussex.
After asking each other if they were “okay”, Meghan also admitted to Harry she was “nervous”.
Harry replied “yes” and then smiled, a lip reader told the Daily Mirror.