he photographer who captured the first intimate portraits of the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex has said he believes the bride will have a “huge” impact on attitudes toward diversity.
“I think with Meghan and the position that she’s in, it’s just another fantastic reminder, a wake-up to everybody, that we are all one people and it’s a fantastic breath of fresh air to the English royal family,
“And I think it’s just evolved them one step further, they are moving with the times, which is great, and yeah, it’s wonderful.”
Kensington Palace released three of Lubomirski’s portraits as official wedding photographs on Monday.
They were taken after Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle on Saturday, witnessed by millions watching live television around the world.
Lubomirski said he was thrilled to be asked to photograph their wedding, having previously taken their engagement portraits at Frogmore House.
The newly married couple were joined by senior royals including the Queen and Prince Philip as well as their 10 page boys and bridesmaids for the portraits in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.
Lubomirski said he wanted to inject an air of informality into the images, while still working within certain boundaries.
“It’s a historical document but it’s also the royal family and it’s the monarchy and there’s this lineage aspect. But within those walls we wanted to try and twist it a bit, we wanted to just give it a little flavor of the couple, and that meant authenticity, love, family,” he said.
“I wanted the shots to be very familial, which meant I didn’t want them to feel like they were in a school photo where everyone lines up. I wanted it to be broken, I wanted some asymmetry in there, I wanted children on laps of parents, and I wanted it to feel like a family picture.”
Lubomirski explained how he had a trick up his sleeve to help him keep the bridesmaids and page boys — all under eight years old — on side after overhearing someone promising them Smarties, a kind of candy, before they came into the grand room for the shoot.
“As soon as their attention span started to wane, I used the Smartie trick,” he said. “I said ‘who likes Smarties?’ and everyone raised their hands and all of a sudden there were big smiles, and so that was the shot.”
There was a real family atmosphere in the room between the shots, he added, just like any other wedding. “Brothers were talking about speeches, grandparents were talking to grandkids, some children were crying, uncles and aunts were chatting. It was like a typical family reunion.”