Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex follow the bearer party with the coffin as they take part in the state funeral and burial of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. Gareth Fuller- WPA Pool/Getty Images/IBTimes


  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were seated in the second row behind King Charles and Camilla during the Queen's funeral
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton were seated in the front pew with their kids and Princess Anne's children
  • The Queen's grandchildren were reportedly seated in age order

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's seating positions during the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II in London Monday are being questioned by some royal fans.

During the Westminster Abbey service, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat in a corner at the end of the second row beside Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi as well as Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, Page Six reported.

Prince Harry and Markle were seated behind King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, who sat in the front row with the Queen's other children — Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — as well as Prince William and Princess Kate.

Joining them in the front row were Prince Edward's wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as well as Princess Anne's husband Sir Timothy Laurence and children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall. Mike Tindall, Zara's husband, sat next to her in the front pew.

Prince William and Prince Harry, who have had a strained relationship over the past few years, were separated by the church aisle.

The new Prince and Princess of Wales sat with their eldest children, Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, in the front row. Their youngest child, 4-year-old Prince Louis, was not in attendance.

Some social media users suggested that the seating arrangement seemed to be a snub toward Prince Harry and Markle, considering Prince Andrew, non-working royal Zara and her husband were seated in the front with the King and Queen Consort.

"Harry relegated to the second row while ... Mike Tindall rocks up on the front there! Heavy that!" one person tweeted.

"Why put Harry on the second row when he could have sat next to his brother? Honestly, he deserves a break from all the sly digs," another wrote.

"Why is Prince Harry in the second row? Another bad decision by the royal family and truly disrespectful to her majesty the queen who adored her grandson. Where is the unity?" a third netizen wrote.

However, an unnamed source at Buckingham Palace told The Daily Beast Monday evening that the seating arrangement was not a snub aimed at Prince Harry and Markle.

"The order was approximately age order but trying not to split families up," the insider said.

Apart from Prince William, 40, who is now the heir to the throne, the other grandchildren of the late monarch had been seated in age order, with Peter (44) and Zara (41) in the front row, and Prince Harry (38), Princess Beatrice (34) and Princess Eugenie (32) behind them, the palace source suggested.

The working members of the royal family who hold military rank wore military uniforms to the funeral. Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, who are no longer working royals and have been stripped of their honorary military titles, wore morning suits.

Following the Queen's death on Sept. 8, Prince Harry released a statement honoring his late grandmother on Archewell's website. In his message, he reflected on his sweet memories with Queen Elizabeth and honored the new monarch, his father King Charles III.

"Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings—from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren," Prince Harry wrote. "I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over."

"And as it comes to first meetings, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III," Prince Harry added, concluding his statement.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk as procession with the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images/IBTimes