Nigerian-born lensman’s moment


NIGERIAN-born and British photographer and confidante to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Misan Harriman, calls the royal couple “absolute soulmates” amid their pregnancy announcement.

Harriman was the photographer selected to capture the beautiful moment seen on the viral image of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry gazing at each other adoringly. 

The photographer revealed in his tweet that the entire black and white picture taken in Los Angeles was shot remotely via iPad by Harriman, who was in London. 

Harriman captured Markle cradling her baby bump in a white Carolina Herrera dress, while laying on Prince Harry’s lap as he looked down at her lovingly, who sat barefoot in rolled up pants and a shirt with rolled up sleeves. 

“With the tree of life behind them and the garden representing fertility, life and moving forward, they didn’t need any direction, because they are, and always have been, waltzing through life together as absolute soulmates,” Harriman told British Vogue. 

“When you see people who have the connection that they have, it’s like reading the pages of a book.” 

On Twitter, Harriman captioned the Valentine’s Day picture: “Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness this love story begin, and my friend, I am honoured to capture it grow. Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on this joyous news!”

Harriman, 55, had only been a professional photographer for three years when Meghan Markle, his long-time friend, called him to shoot their picture for their official pregnancy announcement. 

In 2020, Harriman made history as the first black photographer in the history of British Vogue’s publication, when he photographed model Adwoa Aboah and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford for the September issue. 

His other prolific shots include the engagement shoot of Prince Harry’s cousin Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, musicians Rihanna and Stormzy, as well as pictures captured from the London Black Lives Matter protests.

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