It was a weekend of celebration for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex publicly announced that Meghan is pregnant with the couple’s second child in a stunning black and white photo taken by her friend and photographer, Misan Harriman.
“The pregnancy announcement was a wonderful surprise after a particularly difficult time for the Duchess,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET. “She had been through a Superior Court case against the Sunday mail And just days before the pregnancy announcement, she won that privacy court case. So a big, big win for Meghan. ”
Nicholl adds that the photograph of the couple comes at a happy time for both of them.
“I think that image sums up not only the joy between this couple expecting their second baby, but also a feeling of lightness, a feeling of relief,” he shares. “It’s such a laid-back image, it’s such a typical image for a real pregnancy announcement. And I think that’s in large part because it’s so laid back and laid back.”
The photo was taken in the backyard of the couple’s Montecito, California mansion by Harriman, who used an iPad while in the UK and they in California.
“I think it’s just that natural beauty and that natural ease that really amazes you, as this is a very special photograph,” adds Nicholl.
Although the world may have been shocked by the news that the Duchess is waiting, Nicholl says the royal family is not.
“Sources told me that both the Duke and Duchess called their family in the UK, the Queen and the Prince of Wales, and I understand the Duke of Cambridge as well, they all got the happy news before it was made public. “Nicholl says about Queen Elizabeth II, Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and Harry’s brother, Prince William. “And it is something that the royal family has been celebrating. The Queen, expecting a ninth great-grandchild is wonderful news, it has made her very happy and, of course, that Prince Charles is a grandfather for the fifth time.”
Photographer Harriman spoke about the shoot on Tuesday while in Good morning america, saying, “You don’t even see the image, you feel it. They are lost in each other. And the tree in the background and the life that grows around it is incredibly powerful and symbolic.”
After Meghan’s miscarriage this summer, Harriman said the image was also meant to symbolize “strength, hope and love.”
“Particularly for the many women who are going through this, this should give them the strength to know that there is light in that dark place. It really means a lot,” Harriman added.
While Harriman wasn’t in California due to COVID restrictions, he did share some of his secrets to getting the beautiful shot.
“I was able to remotely control the iPad and they could hear my voice and it was conversational and the rest really is history,” he said.