A mistake of royal proportions? Not so fast! Despite Twitter speculation, Meghan Markle did curtsy to Queen Elizabeth II when she wed Prince Harry on Saturday, May 19. Her gesture, however, just wasn’t caught on camera.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex walked up the aisle together after they were married, but some initially believed they did not stick to royal protocol by forgoing bowing and curtsying to the 92-year-old queen when they passed by where the monarch was seated with other members of the family, including her husband, Prince Philip, and Duchess Kate.
Viewers reacted on social media to what some perceived as a faux pas. “Did Meghan not curtsy to the Queen or did I just miss it?!” one person tweeted.
“Could someone please tell me why she did not curtsy to the Queen?” another wrote. “Is this a new protocol? Because she is American? Because she forgot? What?”
“The consensus @whatmegwore HQ is that the curtsy was skipped,” an account dedicated to the duchess’ fashion choices tweeted. “Perhaps because Meghan is still an American citizen?”
Prince William and Duchess Kate did bow and curtsy to the queen after their 2011 wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
Harry and Meghan exited St George’s Chapel and shared their first kiss as a married couple on the venue’s steps as hundreds of guests looked on. They then proceeded to hop in the Ascot Landau carriage for a ride around Windsor. The duke and duchess beamed as they waved to onlookers.
See more reactions below:
Did they bow and curtsy to The Queen? I didn’t see it, but the cameras have been very messy throughout so it might just not have been caught.
— кєηηєтн 💁🏻♂️ (@cnchlw) May 19, 2018
omg that moment when meghan markle didnt curtsy to queen elizabeth after being married to prince harry 🙂 awkward. #RoyalWedding
— sehun ♡ mae ✨ #TheStoryofLight (@_sehunism) May 19, 2018
Meghan – did you forget to curtsy to Her Majesty? I will have to lie down for months if you did forget. #royalwedding
— William Hanson (@williamhanson) May 19, 2018
Why did harry and Meghan not bow/curtsy to the queen when they left? I remember Kate and William did.
— youngam (@youngam) May 19, 2018
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