Skip Nav
How Did Meghan Markle Tell Her Friends She Was Engaged?
Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle's Pal Reveals the Adorable Way She Told Him She Was Getting Married
LGBTQ+
Scarlett Johansson Faces Backlash for Playing a Transgender Man in New Film
Who Is Jennifer Aniston Dating 2018?
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston Is Back in the Dating Game After Her Split From Justin Theroux
Justin Theroux
These Are, Hands Down, Jennifer and Justin's Sweetest Moments

Who Does Meghan Markle Have to Curtsy to?

Yes, Meghan Markle Will Have to Curtsy to Kate Middleton

Now that Meghan Markle is about to join the royal family, she's knee-deep in a lot of new etiquette rules — literally. No amount of binge-watching The Crown is going to prepare her for how to meet, greet, and show respect to members of her new extended family, which includes the age-old and slightly confusing curtsy.

Female members of the family are given lower rank than male members, and until recently, wives of the queen's sons were given higher rank than her daughters and granddaughters.

There's no law that enforces a curtsy, and just a few years ago, Queen Elizabeth II herself admitted that she doesn't expect to be curtsyed to by the women she meets in public. But it is considered a sign of great respect, which is why it's remained such a tradition, whether the family is at a state function, official event, or celebrating Christmas in Sandringham.

Female members of the family are given lower rank than male members, and until recently, wives of the queen's sons were given higher rank than her daughters and granddaughters. However, now "blood princesses" like Anne, Beatrice, Eugenie, Alexandra, and even 3-year-old Charlotte are given precedence over women who have married into the royal family, like Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Kate Middleton, and soon, Meghan Markle.

So, who will Meghan be curtsying to? Her sister-in-law Kate, for one, as she's married to a future king. Same goes for Prince Charles's wife, Camilla Parker Bowles. Meghan will also curtsy to "blood princesses" like Anne, the daughter of the sovereign, as well as Prince Andrew's daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie. When it comes to men in the family, Meghan should curtsy to anyone with a prince title. No title, no curtsy. But because of a pretty outdated rule that states that a woman's status is "validated by her royal husband," Meghan won't have to curtsy to Sophie, Countess of Wessex unless her husband, Prince Edward, is in the room. And if Harry is around, even blood princesses like Beatrice, Eugenie, and Anne's daughter Zara Tindall should curtsy to Meghan. Are you royally confused yet?

Image Source: Getty / Christopher Furlong
How Did Meghan Markle Tell Her Friends She Was Engaged?
Prince William in Jerusalem June 2018
How Much Meghan Markle Costs the Royal Family
Angelina Jolie's Ralph & Russo Gray Dress
Where Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Honeymoon?
Prince William Meeting Eurovision Winner, Netta Barzilai
Prince Harry Visits Africa June 2018
Meghan Markle Fixing Her Duchess Slant Video
Pink Suit Fashion Inspiration
Why Does Meghan Markle Wear Shoes That Are Too Big For Her?
Meghan Markle Wears Bright Highlighter June 2018
What Are Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Lives Like?
Latest Celebrity and Entertainment
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds