Why Prince Harry’s seat at Queen’s funeral behind King Charles was an ‘honour’ not a 'snub'

Prince Harry 'honoured' to be sat behind his father King Charles III.

Royal Family stood inside Westminster Abbey for Queen's funeral
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Prince Harry's seat behind King Charles at the Queen's funeral was an 'honour' and not a 'snub' according to royal expert.

Prince Harry sitting behind King Charles III at the Queen's funeral was an 'honour' and not a 'snub', claims a royal expert.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined members of the Royal Family to attend the funeral of the late monarch in Westminster Abbey. But unlike his brother Prince William, who was sat front row with his wife Kate Middleton and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte in attendance, alongside Zara and Mike Tindall, Prince Harry and Meghan were seated on the second row, behind his father King Charles.

Some people speculated that his seat signalled a 'snub' but Royal historian Gareth Russell has explained why Harry and Meghan's place - directly behind Charles was a "sign of favour" and not a snub.

He told US Weekly, "That’s the etiquette. If you know what the etiquette is, it actually is a place of honour. To be the one behind the king is actually a sign of favour. What they seem to have done with this etiquette though is not prioritise [Prince William] or Harry.”

Royal Family sat inside Westminster Abbey for Queen's funeral

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He continued, "The King’s major concern has been to give a place of honour to his sister and for the older roles to be relaxed. So we saw for the first time a female member of the royal family marching behind the coffin. What we were seeing really was a time for the queen’s children rather than necessarily a focus on the grandchildren.”

King Charles III and Camilla Queen consort were seated on the front row, with Princess Anne, Princess Anne’s husband Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Prince Edward’s wife Sophie.

Mr Russell added, "Giving Princess Anne her rightful place in the 21st century in monarchy [shows that] she really is her brother’s confidant. She is hugely admired in Britain for her charitable work, and we’ve seen that she is someone who’s dealing with great heartbreak at her mother’s passing. But I don’t think there was necessarily a priority about William and Harry.”

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for Goodto.com, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life and has more than 16 years of experience in newspapers, magazines and online. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings and reality show line-ups including Strictly, Dancing On Ice and The Great British Bake Off, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.