Possible Reason Why Meghan Avoids Going to the U.K.

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Could Greeting Protocols Deter Meghan's U.K. Return?

The British Royal Family's intricate protocol system, specifically the traditional greetings, is speculated to be a potential factor deterring Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from returning to the UK.

This speculation has been fueled by the couple's decision to step down as senior royals in 2020, which led to an official announcement from Buckingham Palace that the Sussexes would no longer use their HRH titles.

The royal protocol dictates a specific form of greeting depending on one's rank. Men perform a neck bow, while women do a small curtsy.

Prior to their departure, Prince Harry and Meghan, along with Prince William and Princess Kate, were all referred to as "Your Royal Highness", hence they were not required to bow or curtsy to each other.

However, the Sussexes' change in status has raised questions about the expected forms of greeting, particularly whether Meghan would be required to curtsy to Kate.

Famed royal biographer Andrew Morton, when asked about the Sussexes' potential return to the UK, humorously questioned the likelihood of Meghan curtsying to Kate Middleton.

However, it's important to note that despite the Sussexes' decision not to use their HRH titles, they have retained them. This implies that Meghan would only be required to curtsy to Kate when William ascends to the throne and Kate becomes Queen.

In the meantime, all family members are expected to bow and curtsy to the reigning monarchs, King Charles and Queen Camilla. This might be a point of contention for Prince Harry, who described Camilla as "dangerous" in his autobiography, but has since expressed compassion for her.

As for the younger royals, children are expected to bow to the sovereign from early childhood, around the age of five.

This exempts Harry’s son Archie, who turns five in May 2024, and two-year-old Lilibet. The Cambridge children, all above the age of five, have been pictured performing the traditional greeting.

However, the requirement to bow or curtsy is not constant, but rather reserved for the beginning and end of a visit to the monarchs.

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