It’s no secret that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have moved on from being “senior” members of the royal family. While we have countless questions about their new lives in Montecito, 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 King Charles III, in addition to serving their title. Everyone else—like Princess Beatrice—is considered a “minor” (or “non-working”) royal.
So, who are the “senior” members of the royal family? Keep reading for all the details.