Awkward moment between Duchess of Sussex and Queen caught on camera
Meghan Markle and The Queen were ready to get into the car and move on to their next destination. That's when confusion ensued and was captured on camera.
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, joined Queen Elizabeth in Chesire on Thursday for their first joint session. After stepping out off the royal train in Runcorn the duo was escorted towards a car that was waiting for them.
In a footage captured by a reporter from LBC, the Royals shared a moment of utter confusion. 36-year-old Markle first asked the Queen to get in the car before suggesting they switch the plan.
According to Daily Mail, Markle must have offered Elizabeth to go first as she preferred sitting behind the driver's seat.
Markle and Elizabeth had arrived at the station around 10:30 am. The video suggested that Markle was asked to go ahead of Elizabeth in the car. Elizabeth was unaware of the discussion and began to enter the car first.
Markle was visibly flustered when she had to stop the Queen and suggest to Elizabeth that it would be better if Elizabeth went in after her.
According to etiquette expert William Hanson, the Queen always sits behind the driver. The position of seating was not a case of protocol but of habit.
As per the protocol, the most important person in the car sits diagonally to the driver. The Queen has always chosen to sit behind whoever was driving.
The expert speculated that Markle may not be aware of this nuance. However, Markle asked the Queen about her preference and that gesture was considered to be considerate by the expert, as reported by Daily Mail.
Markle and the Queen traveled overnight on the royal train for an entire day of engagements including the opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Storyhouse in Chester.
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