Wait, Who Are the ‘Senior’ Members of the Royal Family Now That Meghan & Harry Have Moved on?

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.

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1. King Charles

Title: King

He took over the throne following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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2. Camilla Parker Bowles

Title: Queen Consort

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

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3. Prince William

Title: Prince of Wales

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

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4. Kate Middleton

Title: Princess of Wales

In addition to attending events, Middleton also has a joint charity with her husband, The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales.

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5. Prince Edward

Title: Earl of Wessex

Although he's less involved than Prince William, Prince Edward is still considered a senior member of the royal family.

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6. Countess Sophie

Title: Countess of Wessex

Ever since Prince Harry and Markle resigned, the Countess of Wessex has stepped up to carry out official duties.

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7. Princess Anne

Title: Princess Royal

As the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Princess Anne is still an active member of the royal family.

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