Who does Meghan Markle curtsy to, where does the greeting come from and why do people do it?

ROYAL traditions are hard to follow, especially when it comes to working out the official hierarchy.

Here is everything you need to know about who Meghan Markle is supposed to curtsy to after she apparently snubbed the Queen at the Royal Wedding… 

Who does Meghan Markle curtsy to?

Meghan Markle is meant to curtsy for The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, William and Kate.

But royal etiquette can be complicated and can change around and doesn't have a lot to do with the order of succession.

Royal expert Christopher Wilson told Mail Online that she'll also have to curtsy for Princess Anne, as she's the Queen's daughter.

She should also curtsy for Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice unless Prince Harry is in the room – under which circumstances they should curtsy for her.

Meghan will not have to bob before Princess Anne's daughter Zara Phillips, despite the fact that she's a blood relative of the royal line.

She also won't have to curtsy to Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the wife of Prince Edward, unless she is with her husband in which case Meghan will have to bend the knee.

For the men it's much simpler – she just has to curtsy for anyone with the title "Prince".

Where does a curtsy come from?

The curtsy originates from 1500s.

It was designed as an easier alternative to dropping to your knees – a practice that was obligatory at the time when you met a royal.

Since then, men have adopted the classic bow and women have stuck with the graceful dip.

 

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How do you curtsy?

Perfecting the curtsy can be tricky for any royal-in-training.

The person should start by taking their right foot and positioning it, on its tip behind their left foot.

They should then lower their body by evenly bending the knees.

The person's arms should lightly fall to the side, unless they're wearing a big floor-length gown in which case they should lift it a couple of inches from the floor to stop it from gathering on the descend.

Not clear? Check out this video explanation from The Boyer Sisters.

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