But fans were disappointed to see that the Suits actress sat three rows away from her royal beau.
However, there is a reason for the distance between the couple.
Apparently, because Meghan is not a royal or a dignitary (although an engagement is expected to be in the cards), it would have breached protocol to have her sit next to Harry, first lady Melania Trump, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (and his amazing socks!)
But though she might not have been in touching distance of her prince, Markle did have a royal protection officer at her side, which broke with tradition and serves as proof the actress could soon be ready to take up an official princess role.
It’s not the first time the couple have broken with royal protocol since they officially started dating last October.
Last year, Kensington Palace issued a rare statement confirming their relationship, and unhappy with the furor and incessant trolling, implored the public for privacy and respect.
Considering the royals rarely issue statements concerning William and Harry’s private lives, this was a pretty bold move.
And it didn’t stop there, following speculation that Prince William hadn’t reacted indicating he might not be on board with the release of the original statement, he was forced to issue his own statement about the couple’s relationship.
In another unprecedented move, the palace issued a second release to the Telegraph putting an end to the rumors of a lack of sibling support and confirming that the Duke of Cambridge was fully behind his brother’s original decision to release the statement.
“The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him,” the statement read.
There’s also the fact that Meghan is the first American woman to whom Prince Harry has officially been linked.
Because of this, there’s little precedent or protocol for how Prince Harry’s girlfriend might conduct herself in public while dating him.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t expectations for how you should act while dating a royal.
One of the most important “rules” Meghan will need to observe is always walking, sitting, or standing in the same position, in relation to the other royals because royal rank is a protocol that all the family still follow.
According to the Mirror, it currently goes the queen first, followed by Prince Philip, then Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and lastly Prince Harry.
If they did marry, Meghan would take her place at Harry’s side.
It’s likely that as their relationship continues, Kensington Palace will want Meghan to scale back her publicity commitments too.
Earlier this year, senior royal officials were supposedly unhappy with Meghan’s recent Vanity Fair interview in which she opened up about her relationship with Prince Harry for the very first time.
“We’re a couple. We’re in love. I’m sure there will be a time when we have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time,” she said.
“This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.”
Yet another bend in the royal rules has meant that Meghan has reportedly been introduced to Prince Harry’s grandmother, the queen.
Royal protocol dictates that this is only really meant to happen after an official engagement announcement.
But according to US Weekly, the special occasion took place at the queen’s Scottish residency, Balmoral Castle, on Sept. 3, after the young couple had returned from a romantic trip to Botswana.
The meeting may come as a surprise to many, as it is well-know that it took the Duchess of Cambridge five years to come face to face with the queen.
The fact that Meghan has been fully welcomed into the royal family so quickly has once again sent rumors flying that a royal engagement is on the way.
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