Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge and future queen of England, has had a royal comeuppance. She’s been told she must bow when she’s in the presence of so-called “blood” princesses.
The royal protocols, which have been revised and approved by the aging Queen Elizabeth personally, require Kate to bow even to low-ranking royals like Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
They are the children of Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second son, and Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, whom the prince divorced in 1996 after she was photographed topless sunbathing with another man.
She must show deference to the royals because she is a former commoner, according to London’s Daily Mail. The rule, however, only applies when her Prince William, is not present.
The royal pecking order is contained in the “Order Of Precedence Of The Royal Family To Be Observed At Court,” which the Queen has updated to take into account the Duke of Cambridge’s wife, according to the Mail.
The order also determines who enters an official event first. If Kate were to arrive without William, she would have to wait outside until all the royals had entered. Then, she could go in.
Once she becomes queen, of course, it’s off with their heads!