Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have found themselves near the bottom of the list of the Royal Family.
The pair, who wed in 2018, have recently returned to the UK and prolonged their stay in the wake of Her Majesty the Queen’s death.
There were hopes of reconciliation between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the royals during their stay, but a thinly veiled swipe appears to have since been made via the Royal Family’s official website.
While the pair haven’t been working royals for some time now, they had remained reasonably high up on the rankings on the website, sitting in the middle below the likes of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
However, they’ve since been demoted to below The Duke of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra and The Duke of Kent – but remain above Prince Andrew.
Part of Meghan’s “about” section reads: “As announced in January 2020, The Duke and Duchess have stepped back as senior members of The Royal Family. They are balancing their time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour their duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and their patronages. Frogmore Cottage in the UK remains their family home.”
Prince Harry’s page echoes similar sentiments, but notes that the 38 year old dad-of-two is fifth in line to the throne.
While this will be a blow to the pair, King Charles III is said to be hopeful that things between them and the rest of the royals are reconcilable.
“It remains the case that the King loves both of his children,” a source told The Telegraph.
“Over the last 16 days or so, there were tremendous flickers of hope. In terms of the future, there is hope of a cause for unity.”
It comes after King Charles III appeared to offer an olive branch to his estranged son in his first ever public address as monarch.
In the televised address to the nation, he paid tribute to his wife Camilla, his son and now heir to the throne Prince William, and to his youngest child, Prince Harry.
During his speech King Charles said: “I want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”
Meanwhile, in a bid to keep the peace, Prince Harry’s said to be wanting to make last-minute changes to his upcoming memoir.
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A source told The Sun on Sunday: “The publishers paid $20million up front because they knew whatever was written would be huge for sales and exposure all around the world.
“But the first draft they received was disappointing as it was a bit too emotional and focused far more on mental health issues than they wanted."
The sourced added: "Eventually, the final draft has been finished and signed off and a lot of money and energy has been spent to make sure it comes out this year.
“But Harry has thrown a spanner in the works as he is desperate to get it refined in the light of the Queen’s death, her funeral and his father Charles taking the throne.
“There may be things which might not look so good if they come out so soon after the Queen’s death and his dad becoming King.”
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