The photographer who captured the striking black and white picture, which coupled the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's second pregnancy, says the Royal couple are soulmates.
Vogue contributing photographer Misan Harriman is the creative behind Markle's second pregnancy announcement photo. As someone who has shared a long friendship with the royal couple, he said the two have an unbreakable connection.
In the photo, Prince Harry sits on the grass in a garden barefoot, with Markle resting her head on his lap as she cradles her baby bump. Harriman notes the "Tree of Life" behind them, which symbolizes new life and fertility.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at "The Mountbatten Music Festival" in London, March, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images.
Harriman, who captured the moment from his laptop in London, added that the pair needed very little in the way of being directed, which is something he attributes to how well they fit together, adding:
"They are, and always have been, waltzing through life together as absolute soulmates."
This connection is something Harriman recalls from the first time he met the couple at a charity event. He remembers how the two were so enamored with each other, and they were oblivious to Harriman hovering around them with his lens.
Harriman took to Twitter to share the black and white picture, and it accompanied it with a heartfelt message. He wrote of the honor he felt to having initially captured the Duchesses' wedding, to be able to photograph this full-circle moment.
Harriman became the first black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover in its 104-year history.
Markle opted to wear a long white flowy dress by Carolina Herrera, with whom she's built a relationship through the brand's creative director, Wes Gordon. It is the same dress that was made for her during her pregnancy with her son, Archie.
Harriman also shared how meaningful being asked to be behind the lens of the pregnancy announcement was for him, given Markle's miscarriage that she endured in 2020. Harriman said:
"To be asked to help share this absolute joy after such an unimaginable loss and heartache is a marker of true friendship."
In an open piece written for "The New York Times," Markle described falling to the ground while holding Archie in her hands after experiencing sharp pain in her belly. She said she knew at the time that she was losing her baby.
The world first heard of Prince Harry and Markle's first pregnancy via a statement released on 15 October 2018. Kensington Palace Tweeted at the time that the couple was delighted to share that they were expecting Archie to arrive in Spring.
The announcement followed the royal couple's arrival in Sydney, Australia. They were executing one of their royal duties during a trip that saw them visit New Zealand, The Kingdom of Tonga, and Fiji.
The Duke and Duchess officially resigned from their roles as senior royals, relieving them of all royal duties. The move was based on a desire to live a normal life outside of the British media.
Harriman achieved impressive credits, becoming the first black photographer to shoot a cover for British Vogue throughout its 104-year history. This was for the September 2020 issue with Marcus Rashford and Adwoa Aboah.
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