Wait, Who Are the ‘Senior’ Members of the Royal Family Referred to in Meghan & Harry’s Resignation?

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It’s been one week since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they’re stepping down as “senior” members of the royal family. While we have countless questions about their transition, we’re still stuck on the fact that there’s such a thing as a “senior” family member.

As it turns out, there’s a little-known hierarchy that separates active and non-active royals. According to Royal Central, the term “senior” refers to “any member who continually carries out duties in their own right and on behalf of the crown.” Basically, this includes any person who regularly attends royal engagements on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, in addition to serving their title. Everyone else is considered a “minor”—or “non-working”—royal.

So, who are the “senior” members of the royal family? Keep reading for all the details.

1. Queen Elizabeth

Title: Queen of England (for short)

As the longest-standing British monarch, this one’s a given.

2. Prince Philip

Title: Duke of Edinburgh

Although he resigned as the queen’s public consort back in 2017, he’s still considered an active member of the royal family.

3. Prince Charles

Title: Prince of Wales

He’s first in line to the British throne, so he has no choice. (No offense, Prince Charles.)

4. Camilla Parker Bowles

Title: Duchess of Cornwall

As the future Queen Consort, Bowles is a patron of several noteworthy charities, including Barnardo’s, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and The Royal School of Needlework.

5. Prince William

Title: Duke of Cambridge

He’s second in line to the British throne and, therefore, expected to carry out his royal duties.

6. Kate Middleton

Title: Duchess of Cambridge

In addition to attending events, Middleton also has a joint charity with her husband, The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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