It’s apparently against royal protocol.
When attending a dinner party it’s usually assumed that spouses will sit next to each another — not because they can’t stand to be apart, but simply because it’s what makes the most sense especially if the couple, say, has a new child together. However, this is apparently not the case when it comes to royal dinner parties where there is assigned seating and everyone is expected to sit where they’re told whether it’s next to their significant other or not. For this reason, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are being criticized for going against tradition and insisting that they sit together at soirees.
Allegedly, their request to sit with each another is not going over well with some folks in their circle. According to the Daily Mail, friends of the royal couple have apparently stopped inviting the pair to parties because they insist on being together the whole time and showing PDA.
“It’s thought she has dismissed party etiquette as ‘exclusive’ and ‘traditional’ and has instead been rejoicing in affectionate dinner-table PDAs with her royal husband, which is ‘frowned upon,’ ” reports the British publication. Additionally, the same report says that Prince Harry’s circle of friends “roll their eyes” at Markle’s “American ways.”
What’s more, the Daily Mail explains there are rules when it comes to dinner party seating plans that attendees are expected to follow and one of them is that couples should never be seated together to avoid public displays of affection and the possibility of putting guests off their food. Another rule: Always sit where one is assigned in order to maintain the intricate social balance at a society function.
All this to say: We can’t be sure that this is 100 percent true as there’s been no comment from the couple or their representatives.