One of the most exciting parts about seeing Meghan Markle’s foray into royalty was witnessing her first-ever curtsy, when she dipped down to greet the Queen on Christmas Day at Sandringham . Since then, royal fans have watched the former actress perfecting her curtsy, but some are wondering when Meghan will start bending a knee to her sister-in-law, Duchess Kate.
The answer is quite simple: when Kate becomes Queen . Like on Christmas Day last year, both Kate and Meghan showed their respects to the monarch by curtsying, while their significant others, Prince William and Prince Harry, bowed their heads to their grandmother. When Prince William ascends the throne and his wife becomes Queen Consort, the Duchess of Sussex will curtsy to her out of respect for her new title and role in the monarchy. The British royals only seem to bob for Her Majesty, casting aside the traditional intricacies of hierarchy and curtsy protocol between other family members.
Just a few months after Meghan and Prince Harry made their relationship official in Sept. 2017, the Suits alum was already nailing the humble and discrete movement. But when the dynamic duo said “I do” on May 19, some eagle-eyed viewers were suspected that the couple had broken protocol when passing the monarch – however the couple’s bow and curtsy to the Queen had actually been left out of the broadcast.
When the time does come, it’s most likely that Kate will be called Queen Catherine, HELLO! can report after speaking with royal historian Marlene Koenig of the Royal Musings blog. “The wife of the king is by tradition a queen,” the blogger explained. “The husband of a queen, in most monarchies, has to be created a title.” But before Meghan begins curtsying to her sister-in-law Kate, who has become a close friend and confidante for the new royal, she will bend a knee to Camilla. The Duchess of Cornwall is the next royal in line for the Queen Consort title when her husband, Prince Charles, ascends the throne.