Meghan Markle asks The Queen who should go in royal car first amid confusion in Cheshire

The newest member of the Royal Family seemed panicked as to who should get in the royal car first – eventually hopping in ahead of The Queen.

The former actress could be seen consulting the Queen as they were walked to the waiting car, asking: "What's your preference?"

But the 92-year-old didn't seem fazed, thought to reply: "You go first."

While it was a moment of confusion, royal experts revealed Meghan had not broken protocol by getting into the car first.

Etiquette coach William Hanson commented on Twitter: "Not big faux pas on HRH The Duchess of Sussex’s side – just an innocent lack of knowledge.


"HM The Queen always sits behind driver – not because of protocol, just preference."

Others pointed out that by letting Meghan in first, the Queen would be able to get out of the car first.

The confusion was the only blip in what has already proved to be a successful day for Meghan on her first day of official engagements without her husband by her side.

Meghan appeared to dutifully follow the Queen through crowds, taking her lead as she chatted to excited young fans waiting in the streets of Cheshire.


It was earlier revealed how much of Meghan's life will be dictated by protocol after marrying Prince Harry.

Even on her wedding day – which is normally all about the bride – Meghan would have had to stop eating when the Queen did.

The Queen is said to rigidly follow the tradition to the letter, but other members of her family – like Prince Charles – aren't so strict.

This isn't the only tradition Meghan will have picked up on joining the Royal Family.

She will have to start packing a black mourning outfit for all trips abroad, in case of the sudden death of a family member.



But despite the chaos of trying to navigate all the royal rules, Meghan today appeared to fit seamlessly in.

The Duchess of Sussex looked regal in a neutral dress by Givenchy paired with black accessories, standing demurely behind her new grandmother-in-law.

Meghan stunned in the fitted belted pencil dress, featuring an unusual cape shoulder detail.

But she chose to have her hair down and forgo gloves for the day out.

The Queen herself made sure to stand out –  with today no exception to her love of signature bright block colours and matching hats.

Meghan was treated to a trip on The Royal Train to travel to Cheshire – a significant honour, as it is understood that even Prince Harry and Kate Middleton have not had a ride on board.

The locomotive was launched in 1842 when Queen Victoria was on the throne and even puts the Orient Express to shame with its stunning smoking room with ornate gold fittings.

Described as “Buckingham Palace on wheels”, the sumptuous train was brought into service because Victoria disliked travelling by coach.



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