Meghan Markle, 36, also known as the Duchess of Sussex, is married to Prince Harry, 33, but must the Duchess curtsey to Princess Eugenie, 28?

In British tradition, women curtsey to those of a superior senior rank to them.

However, the situation is a little complicated for Meghan and Eugenie.

Eugenie is only ninth in line to the British throne, whereas Meghan’s husband is fifth in line.

So who curtseys to whom? It is said Meghan technically has to perform the gesture for Eugenie.

Meghan Markle will technically have to curtsey to Princess Eugenie

This is because Eugenie is a “blood royal”, explains former royal butler Grant Harrold.

“Technically Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice are blood royals,” he observed to

The two daughters of Sarah Ferguson, 58, and Prince Andrew, 58, are granddaughters to Queen Elizabeth II.

“Therefore, when The Duchess of Sussex is not with her husband she ranks lower than them as a non blood royal.

“The Duchess of Sussex would be expected to curtsey to any blood royals who are styled HRH.

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However, while Meghan is technically obliged to curtsey to Eugenie, this may not happen in practise.

“These days this rule is more relaxed,” added Grant.   

Meghan is expected to attend the wedding of Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank, 31, on October 12 this year.

But will Meghan and Eugenie have similar weddings? Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry took place earlier this year on May 19.

However, there is a crucial difference in that Princess Eugenie – unlike Harry and now Meghan – is not a “working royal”.

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This means she has less royal obligations to fulfil on her wedding day.

“Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice aren’t working royals, and that’s unlikely to change,” James Brookes, Director of Broadcasting and Communications at Royal Central told

A working royal is classified as a member of the royal family who “carries out engagements on behalf of the Queen”.

Prince Andrew, 58, has in the past described his daughters Eugenie and Beatrice as “modern working young women, who happen to be members of the Royal Family”.

While Eugenie is a high profile royal who frequently attends royal celebrations, she is under no obligation to do so.

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