Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle stands apart from the Queen and Kate Middleton during royal events for a specific reason. She is pictured on a balcony during Remembrance Day festivities in London on Nov. 11, 2018.  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Much has been made of Meghan Markle always being positioned far behind or completely separate from Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton during official royal family engagements. However, a royal expert claims that there’s a very specific reason for why this is done.

In an interview with Express UK, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliam revealed that Markle’s less senior role within the monarchy is why she doesn’t get as important of a placement in the lineup. Though she is one of the more prominent faces of the group, she is still far down in the line of succession, whereas Middleton is not.

“Kate is the future Queen Consort being the wife of William, second in line to the throne and the future king. She, therefore, takes precedence,” he explained. “It should be added that Meghan, wife of Harry who is sixth in the line to the throne, has a good deal more independence being less senior and that suits her extrovert and dynamic personality very well.”

Events which have seen Markle placed further away from the Queen and her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, were the Trooping of the Colour parade earlier this year, as well as during the Remembrance Parade in November, when Markle was on an entirely different balcony from the others, standing with the German president’s wife instead.