Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in the Rain is Considered One of the Most Iconic Royal Photos Ever Taken

Photographs are more ubiquitous than ever before. Everyone has a camera with them, almost all the time. There are more devices that take pictures than most people need. Even refrigerators take pictures

But just because everyone can be a photographer, doesn’t mean people don’t need professional photographers anymore. Also, even though human beings take millions, maybe billions of photographs a day, there are still some we all have seen. There are pictures so amazing, so perfect, and so representative of our time, that they catch the fickle attention of the public. 

Samir Hussein, a photographer known for his shots of royals, recently took one such picture of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Samir Hussein’s picture of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is epic 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry smiling at each other under and umbrella in the rain
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

Considering Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are constantly being photographed, taking a fresh, new, and original image of the couple is next to impossible. When a photographer is one of many in a crowd, they’re not likely to get the perfect shot. But Hussein found a way to make it work.

As photographers and other spectators waited in the rain outside Madison House for Meghan and Harry on their last trip to the UK, many were likely feeling pessimistic. Rain reflects light, making flash photography in bad weather incredibly difficult. But Hussein wasn’t giving up on his perfect shot. He decided to let the other photographers make the light for him. 

He stood in front of the couple and used the flashes around them as lighting. He managed to snap a picture right as the two turned and smiled at one another. That might have been pure luck, but there may not be much of a difference between good photography and lucky photography. 

The photograph isn’t just stunning. It documents an important moment in royal history. For Harry and Meghan, it was the beginning of the end. The event, which took place on March 5th, 2020, was one of their last as senior royals. They officially gave up their titles on March 31st. They were at the Madison House to attend an event for the Endeavour Fund, an organization dedicated to supporting “wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans.”

The timing of Samir Hussein’s photo was perfect

The photograph has become an instant classic, and ‘has been described as one of the most iconic royal photos ever taken,’ according to Samir Hussein’s bio. Since Harry and Meghan were on their last trip to the UK as senior royals, the world was watching to see how they would behave. There seemed to be so many negative feelings around Megxit, and everyone wanted to know how things would go down. 

It turns out, Meghan and Harry are happier than ever with their decision, and the photo proves it. The two look positively blissful. Many have compared it to photos of newlyweds. However, these two have been married for almost two years now. 

Even though Hussein was lucky to get the shot that he did, it’s probably no accident that Hussein was the one to capture such a perfect image. He’s been in the business for a long time. He has worked as an official royal photographer for 13 years now. In fact, royal photography is kind of a family business for Hussein. His father worked photographing the royal family for more than 40 years.

The younger Hussein is shaping up to be just as successful as his father.  His work has won numerous awards. He’s taken other iconic pictures, including one of Pippa Middleton carrying Kate’s train on the royal wedding day. But he doesn’t just work with royals. He takes photos of famous entertainers as well and has documented the likes of Taylor Swift and Adele. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry proved they made the right decision 

The real reason Hussein’s photo of Meghan and Harry in the rain is such a big deal is that it proves they made the right decision. The two made it clear they wanted to get away from the toxicity of royal life, and their body language on their last trip reveals a lot about how their life away from the monarchy is going.  

Basically every picture on their latest trip showed both former royals more united than ever, including Hussein’s. According to one body language expert, the fact that they were constantly holding hands is proof that their relationship is solid. 

It’s likely the pair leaned on each other for moral support during the trip. Not all of their events went well. Kate Middleton and Prince William barely acknowledged them at the Commonwealth Day service, even though they sat right in front of Meghan and Harry.