Why Meghan wasn’t in Kate, Camilla’s car for the Queen’s Procession

There’s a reason Meghan Markle wasn’t in the same car as her sister-in-law on Wednesday.

Royal rankings forced the Duchess of Sussex to take a vehicle other than Kate Middleton in the procession carrying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

Queen Consort Camilla and Kate Middleton drive a car.
Queen Consort Camilla and Kate Middleton arrived in a different car from Meghan Markle in the procession of Queen Elizabeth II’s casket from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.
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Markle, 41, drove the same car as Prince Edward’s wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, while Middleton, 40, traveled with Queen Consort Camilla as she is now the Princess of Wales and is married to Prince William, the first in the line for the throne after the ascension of King Charles III last week.

The women arrived in separate cars as Charles, 73, William, 40, Prince Harry, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward all walked behind the Queen’s coffin.

Kate Middleton and Queen Consort Camilla drive a car together.
Camilla and Middleton looked gloomy in their car.
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Despite their troubled relationship, William, 40, and Harry, 37, walked side-by-side, recalling their positions when their mother, Princess Diana, died in 1997.

Royal guards carried the coffin and carefully placed it on a wooden table for the public to pay their respects until the Queen’s funeral next Monday.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan Markle are in a car together.
Markle arrived with Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
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After a short ceremony, the royal family left. William and Middleton left Westminster as a couple, while Harry and Markle did the same – sparking controversy over their lackluster display of PDA.

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The Fab Four were reunited after the Queen passed away on September 8 at the age of 96. William invited his estranged brother and sister-in-law on Saturday to walk around Windsor Castle, greet mourners and enjoy the tributes laid around the gates.

“We are all very grateful – both sides are putting everything aside for the Queen,” a royal source told Vidak For Congress at the time.

Harry and Markle caused a rift in the royal family after they infamously resigned from royal duties and moved to California in January 2020.

The Duke of Sussex occasionally returned to his homeland, including to attend the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip, where William asked not to walk next to his younger brother.

Markle and Middleton have also sparked feuding rumors over the years, most notably when the “Suits” alum claimed the princess made her cry before her 2018 wedding.

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