The star photographer who took Harry and Meghan’s official wedding photographs revealed today he had just three minutes to shoot the ‘exhausted’ couple alone.
Alexi Lubomirski, 42, said the shot of the bride entwined in her husband’s legs on the Windsor Castle terrace happened because the Duchess had ‘slumped’ on to Harry.
Mr Lubomirski, who is a Polish prince, is the protege of photographer Mario Testino who was famously beloved by Harry’s mother Princess Diana.
He said: ‘We went out there and had about three and a half minutes to take some quick shots because everything was running like clockwork.
‘It was just one of those magical moments when you’re a photographer and everything falls into place. I said “just before you go in, sit on those stairs”. And she just slumped 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 three extraordinary official photographs released by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been called the most bold and intimate royal wedding portraits ever seen.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were shown in love and entwined on Windsor Castle’s East Terrace shortly after they married – but the photographer said he had only three minutes to shoot it and the couple were ‘exhausted’
Mr Lubomirski, 42, whose own wife Giada looks very much like Meghan, pictured together at Windsor Castle on Saturday, called the star’s relationship with Prince Harry a ‘wonderful love story’
The Duke and Duchess are pictured in The Green Drawing Room, Windsor Castle, with (left-to-right): Back row: Master Jasper Dyer, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, mother of the bride Doria Ragland, The Duke of Cambridge Middle row: Brian Mulroney, The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty The Queen, The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Rylan Litt and John Mulroney Front row: Ivy Mulroney, Florence van Cutsem, Zalie Warren and Remi Litt
In this extraordinary image with their six bridesmaids and four page boys George, third from the right is grinning cheekily as is Charlotte, second left on the floor. Here the Duke and Duchess were pictured in Green Drawing Room, Windsor Castle with (left-to-right): Back row: Brian Mulroney, Remi Litt, Rylan Litt, Jasper Dyer, Prince George, Ivy Mulroney, John Mulroney Front row: Zalie Warren, Princess Charlotte and Florence van Cutsem
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who wed on Saturday during a moving multi-cultural ceremony that reflected the diversity of modern Britain, said they feel ‘so lucky’ to have shared their big day with 120,000 people in Windsor and millions watching around the world.
BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT GIVES HER TAKE ON THE ‘SEXY, FLIRTY’ PICTURES
Body language expert Judi James told MailOnline the pictures demonstrate not only the pair’s adoration for one another, but William’s status in the family, Meghan’s close bond with her beloved mother and the Queen’s ‘delight’.
Ms James said: ‘The black and white shot is pure Hollywood romance, very much like the engagement shot.
‘It is very sexy and flirty. They clearly adore one another and it looks like a luxury perfume advert. It is the most romantic wedding shot we’ve ever seen.
‘It definitely sets the tone for them to be going on the do their work around the world, they are a Hollywood A-list couple and this picture puts them in that league.’
Ms James said the group shots represented a formality that may have been in keeping with the Queen’s wishes.
But Ms James did note the evident bond between mother and daughter.
She said: ‘Meghan’s torso is turned towards her mother who is very close to her in the picture. They are a close double act which is so good to see.
‘William is towering above everyone else and is very dominant and though Charles is due to take over, he has an endearing sheepish grin on his face and William seems to have a higher level of status.
‘It is great to see the Queen and Philip grinning. She didn’t smile much during the service, and she doesn’t smile in church but you can see the delight on her face.
‘Despite his recent operation, Phil has just adopted a dashing, manly pose which is really good to see.’
Ms James added: ‘In the other shot with the children, I am surprised that Meghan is at her husband’s feet very quickly after she walked in to the church by herself. She’s down at the feet of the man she loves, though it is slightly submissive.
‘Here, the children have stolen the scene just as they did at the wedding.’
The most striking image shows Meghan sitting between Harry’s legs on the East Terrace of Windsor Castle as the prince looks smiling at the camera while his new bride laughs at someone to their left.
Even the formal family wedding shot featuring the Queen has an informal feel and the bride’s mother Doria Ragland, 62, stands proudly next to her daughter looking firmly part of the royal family ‘firm’.
The final image shows Prince George and Princess Charlotte grinning cheekily with the other bridesmaids and page boys with Harry and Meghan both wearing wide and clearly joyful smiles.
Describing how he did it Mr Lubomirski told the BBC: ‘I didn’t want it to feel like a sports team photo or an army photo, regimented and linear.
‘So he 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’.
Meghan and Harry’s choice of official images can be seen as yet another stage of their royal revolution because they contrast with royal portraits of the past.
The images were taken by Alexi Lubomirski at Windsor Castle following the carriage procession.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday.
‘They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world.
‘Their Royal Highnesses are delighted with these official portraits taken by Alexi Lubomirski and are happy to be able to share them.
‘They would also like to say thank you for all of the generous messages of support they have received.’
Mr Lubomirski said: ‘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.’
And their US-influenced and multi-cultural wedding ceremony with gospel choir and fiery Chicago preacher’s sermon was something conservative royals had never experienced before.
Mr Lubomirski, 42, was chosen after he photographed the now-newlyweds on their engagement in a series of stark images released in December.
The pictures taken at Frogmore House in Windsor included one intimate black and white portrait of the couple embracing.
This is where the couple held their evening reception on Saturday night.
Body language expert Judi James said at the time that the couple look ‘so in love’ in the three new official royal portraits viewers felt like they were ‘intruding’ on a private moment.
Meghan has been hailed for her part in the most diverse royal wedding ever.
In a candid biography published on the Queen’s official website, Meghan highlights a speech she gave at the 2015 UN Women Conference, in which she forcefully stated her guiding principles.
The profile recalls how volunteering in a soup kitchen in LA’s Skid Row, and campaigning against a ‘sexist’ washing up liquid advert, helped shape her ‘lifelong commitment’ to ‘social justice and women’s empowerment’.
The new page on Buckingham Palace’s online guide to the royals lists the duchess’s interests, saying she has a ‘keen awareness of social issues’.
Last night a source told the Mail that while Meghan was keen to make an ‘impact’, she would not rush into anything, and was very conscious of what ‘it means to be a royal’.
The public statement of her values comes after she insisted on walking halfway down the aisle alone, and refused to be ‘given away’.
A body language expert said ‘It is great to see the Queen and Philip grinning. She didn’t smile much during the service, and she doesn’t smile in church but you can see the delight on her face’ and called Philip ‘dashing’
The body language expert also commented that William ‘is towering above everyone else and is very dominant’ and that Meghan and her mother make a strong double act, torso turned in to each other
The newlyweds leave Windsor Castle after the royal wedding on their way to the reception at Frogmore House, where they had their engagement shoot last year
Harry and Meghan waved as they drove to Frogmore House in a converted electric car for their glittering reception
Meghan Markle and Harry have been praised for their modernising wedding ceremony and passionate kiss of the steps of St Geoerge’s Chapel
A sea of smiling faces greets Harry and Meghan as they leave the church after the American-influenced service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury
Harry looked very emotional at points in the service and several others in the congregation were in tears on their happy day
As details of her new role were revealed, it emerged that:
After a tumultuous build-up to the wedding, a tearful Prince Harry praised his wife for having ‘navigated everything with such grace’, adding: ‘We make such a great team’;
Meghan made a speech at their private reception, referring to Harry ‘my husband’, which made him blush, and thanking Prince Charles for his welcome to the family.
Her wedding dress designer, Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller, revealed that even the women working on the garment were kept in the dark about who it was for;
Hairdresser Serge Normant revealed it took him just 45 minutes to create Meghan’s ‘messy bun’ using a packet of hair pins that cost only a couple of pounds;
The couple’s first dance was to Land of a Thousand Dances by Wilson Pickett and a ‘worse-for-wear’ George Clooney was among the last to stagger off the dance floor;
The newlyweds spent last night at a mystery romantic bolt-hole, with the Queen apparently looking after Meghan’s pet beagle Guy while they are away.
Mr Lubomirski’s bold use of black and white and British winter light won him more plaudits
Some royal watchers said the public may have felt they were intruding on a private moment because the engagement shots were so personal
Yesterday the Duchess of Sussex’s name was already on the Court Circular, the royal family’s record of engagements. Tomorrow she will attend her first official engagement as a royal, at a Buckingham Palace garden party to mark Charles’s 70th birthday.
Meghan has, sources say, already become a strong influence on the direction of Harry’s public work, particularly his championing of women’s issues.
The couple plan to become ‘Commonwealth champions’, to the delight of the Queen. A trip to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in October is being discussed at the highest level and aides are promising that the second half of this year will be ‘incredibly busy’ for the pair.
They will also take a couple of short trips before the summer, including a visit to Dublin. Harry, 33, is yet to visit Ireland but Meghan, 36, spent time there as an ambassador for the One Young World summit in 2014.
But it is the visit to Australia, where Harry’s Invictus Games for injured servicemen and women is being held in Sydney, that is expected to showcase the duke and duchess as a new royal ‘power couple’ Yesterday, a senior aide said everyone, not least the bride and groom, had been deeply moved by how well Saturday’s wedding went. ‘I think that although the day was unquestionably royal in every way it felt like just the two of them were there,’ said another. ‘When they looked into each other’s eyes it was clear nothing else mattered.’ Saturday evening’s riotous party was described as the ‘perfect end to a perfect day’. Meghan gave a speech in which she grinned broadly as she referred to Harry as ‘my husband’. ‘I think he was even more emotional than her,’ a source said.
‘Meghan also expressed her gratitude to her mother and to her friends but the person she really singled out was the Prince of Wales. She has been so touched by how welcoming he has been to her and her mother.’ The couple spent their first night of married life in Windsor Castle’s Lancaster Tower, before enjoying a night at a mystery location. But they will return to work this week, having postponed their honeymoon.
Mr Lubomirski, pictured with his wife Giada, is himself a prince who was born in England but now lives in New York with his family
Who is the prince chosen to photograph Meghan and Harry?
Meghan and Harry’s photographer himself has the title His Serene Highness Prince Alexi Lubomirski (right).
He is descended from an influential Polish family who received the hereditary title of prince of the Holy Roman Empire from Emperor Ferdinand III in the 17th century.
Mario Testino’s protege Mr Lubomirski, who was born in England but now lives in New York, was given his first camera aged 11 by his stepfather.
He has also become a firm favorite with celebrities, and has shot cover stars such as Julianne Moore, Angelina Jolie, Demi Moore, Beyoncé, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lopez.
Other celebrities he has photographed include Selma Hayek, Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Scarlett Johansson.
The star photographer is a prince of the Polish House of Lubomirski, whose royal lineage stretches back 500 years on his father’s side and gives him the title: ‘His Serene Highness’.
Experts said the royal engagement series involving Harry and Meghan were ground-breaking
Demi Moore poses for Alexi Lubomirski in her Hollywood Hills’ home for Harper’s Bazaar. The photographer has worked with many stars
Mr Lubomirski was born in England to a Peruvian/English mother and a Polish/French father and at the age of eight, he moved to Botswana with his mother and English stepfather.
He was introduced to star photographer Testino and joined him in Paris as his assistant for four years and has worked regularly for Vogue and Harpers Bazaar.
He has also published books including ‘Princely advice for a happy life’ – a tribute to his two sons – and ‘diverse beauty’ about models not usually used in fashion magazines and campaigns.
Mr Lubomirski lives in the East Village of Manhattan with his wife Giada and two young sons Sole Luka and Leone.