Now that Kate Middleton is on the fast track to royalty, an interesting question of politics at the palace has been raised: Will Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (a.k.a. Prince William's stepmother) have to curtsy to the young princess?
“Interesting,” if you’re seven and have a lot of Barbies, maybe. No, that’s cruel. It is interesting, inasmuch as these ancient traditions have managed to hang on for so long. Anyway, yes, Camilla, does have to curtsy.
"A little-known edict issued by the monarch five years ago is about to sink Kate, Princess Anne, the Queen's cousin Princess Alexandra and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie into a very royal quagmire," writes Christopher Wilson in the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
A document titled "Precedence Of The Royal Family To Be Observed At Court" was drawn up in 2005 in order to clarify the position of the then highly unpopular Camilla among the royal family. As Prince Charles's wife, she should have been high up in the order, but instead, she was moved down to appease Princesses Anne and Alexandra.
"Princess Anne, in particular, was extremely chilly towards Camilla and made it clear she had no intention of curtsying to her ever," a former courtier tells Wilson.
Meow. Royals! They’re just like us, except with footmen and taxpayer-funded stipend for hats.