- Intimate shots are part of Harry and Meghan’s ongoing royal revolution launched from Windsor on Saturday
- Newlyweds shown in a romantic pose on East Terrace of Windsor Castle basking in excitement of wedding
- Harry and Meghan shown with senior royals including the Queen, Prince Philip, Charles and mother Doria
- Final image shows couple’s cheeky and smiling page boys and bridesmaids including Charlotte and George
- Mario Testino’s protege Alexi Lubomirski was official wedding photographer and he is also a prince himself By MARTIN ROBINSON
These are the three extraordinary official photographs released by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle today showing the happy couple madly in love in the most bold and intimate royal wedding portraits ever seen.
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.
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’.
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 couple were captured by Alexi Lubomirski, 42, the protege of photographer Mario Testino who was famously beloved by his mother Princess Diana.
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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 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 today.
‘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’.
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.
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.
Who is the prince chosen to photograph Meghan and Harry?
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’.
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.