The result was an understated, black-and-white portrait of the pair, gazing into each other’s eyes under a wintry sun, Meghan’s hand resting gently on a bump that had been hidden from public view until now.
Misan Harriman, a friend of the couple, said he shot the image remotely on an iPad. Harriman is based in London, while the Sussexes live in California following their split from the British royal family last year.
Harriman’s image was released on Sunday. Credit: Twitter/@misanharriman
Last year, Harriman became first Black photographer to shoot the cover for British Vogue’s all-important September Issue.
That spread featured footballer Marcus Rashford, model Adwoa Aboah and a number of other prominent campaigners, and was headlined “Activism Now: The Faces of Hope.”
It was a fitting assignment for Harriman, who only became a professional photographer in 2016 after a career in finance, and whose images of the Black Lives Matter protests shot him to prominence in 2020.
“Through my lens I have seen the beating heart of London,” Harriman told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in August, after a number of pictures he took at protests in the city went viral.
One, which featured England youth hockey player Darcy Bourne, outside the US Embassy, holding up a sign reading “Why is ending racism a debate?,” came to symbolize the city’s demonstrations over the summer.
Misan Harriman: ‘My images are about hope’
“It feels like the winds of change have blown finally in the direction that I’ve been waiting for,” Harriman told CNN.
The shot of the couple was not the first time Harriman had been called to present a royal announcement to the world.
No due date was given in the couple’s announcement, but Harriman’s image showed a prominent bump.
“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother,” a spokesperson for the pair said on Sunday. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”
The announcement came almost exactly 37 years after Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced they were expecting their second child — who happened to be Prince Harry.