Royal wedding photographer reveals what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were really laughing about in wedding portrait
The Royal Wedding, held two Saturdays ago at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, was full of heartwarming moments. There were all the touching tributes made to Prince Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, that kiss, and of course, the way that the now-Duke and Duchess of Sussex gazed at each other throughout the ceremony.
But, in true British fashion, there were plenty of gaffes. From Princess Charlotte sticking her tongue out to the photographers, to Rick Hoffman's incredibly displeased expression, there were moments of lightheartedness throughout. One such instance was seen in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding pictures, where the newlyweds can be seen breaking with austere royal tradition, and actually enjoying themselves while having their photographs taken.
Alexi Lubomirski, the Polish Prince, who took the official royal wedding portraits, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement photos last year, has disclosed some inside details about the post-ceremony shoot.
Talking to the BBC, the photographer - who has royal lineage via the Polish House of Lubomirski - explained exactly what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were laughing about in that black and white photo, which sees the newlyweds sitting on the East Terrace of Windsor castle, just moments after they said their vows.
Lubomirski said that he got the snap as the Duchess of Sussex "slumped" against her husband's legs in exhaustion.
"It was just one of those magical moments when you're a photographer and everything falls into place," he said. "I said 'just before you go in, sit on those stairs'. And she just slumped in-between his legs and there was this moment where they were just laughing because they were exhausted and thinking finally it's all over. It was one of these beautiful moments."
The now-iconic snap was captured in the space of just three and half minutes, and was taken after the ceremony, the carriage procession, and the group portraits. "We went out there and had about three and a half minutes to take some quick shots because everything was running like clockwork," Lubomirski stated.
When it came to the family photos with the flower-girls, pageboys and the couple's families, the photographer stressed that he tried to avoid making them look too "regimented and linear".
"[We] talked about how we could break it and get some rhythm and asymmetry into it and it all came down to very little tiny things - nothing crazy. In terms of how were were placing people - we wanted some people sitting, some people standing, kids on parents laps and that was a huge thing to get that realness out of it".
In a statement to the press, following the nuptials, Lubomirski asserted "It has been an incredible honour and privilege to document The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s inspiring journey of love, hope and family; from the engagement photos, all the way through to the official wedding and family portraits on Saturday. This has been a beautiful chapter in my career and life, that I will happily never forget."
Congratulations to the happy couple!