The Photo of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in the Rain Has a Magical Backstory

When Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announced they were resigning as senior working members of the British royal family, it came as a shock to everyone — including the royals. The duo always looked happy and poised. Despite the tabloids and think pieces picking them apart, they never wavered.

However, in October 2019, in the shocking ITV documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, it became very clear just how much the pair were struggling amid the spotlight and in an institution stepped in exclusion.

Still, the Sussexes have refused to allow trolls and naysayers to deter them from a peaceful life away from The Firm. In fact, they absolutely dazzled during their press round for their final royal engagements.

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After living on Vancouver Island in Canada for several months, the Sussexes have officially moved to Los Angeles to set up a more permanent home. Just before the borders between Canada and the U.S. shuttered amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the pair packed themselves and their son, Archie Harrison, on a private plane bound for the duchess’ hometown.

“Harry and Meghan have left Canada now for good,” an alleged source told The Sun. “The borders were closing and flights were stopping. They had to get out. But this move was planned for some time. They realized Canada would not work out for various reasons and they want to be based in the Los Angeles area. They have a big support network there. It’s where their new team of Hollywood agents and PRs and business managers are based. Meghan has lots of friends there and, of course, her mum Doria.”

Currently, they are in self-quarantine in a compound near Hollywood. The duchess is also anticipating the release of her first post-royal project, Disneynature’s Elephant which will air on Disney+ April 3.

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new life won’t be perfect

Though they will no longer be royal, the Sussexes’ will still be living in a fishbowl existence. However, they will now have the chance to speak directly to their trolls.

 “Of course they are besotted with each other,” royal expert Camilla Tominey told ITV News. “But that’s not to say the love they have for each other and their child and their dream life in North America that they’re not going to face challenges. And that it’s not going to be difficult particularly for Prince Harry to leave everything that he’s known. This is an institution he was born into, he knows nothing else.”

Prince Harry has a different perspective. “Certainly being in a different position now gives us the ability to say things and do things that we might not have been able to do,” he explained in a leaked phone call. ” I think it’s much better.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s rain photo has a magical backstory

It’s clear that the Sussexes trust one another completely and they are doing what’s best for them. Once this virus is contained, hopefully, we will get more magical moments from the pair. In early March in London, as they beamed at each other under a shared umbrella, a timeless photograph was taken.

 “It was pouring down with rain, which can be very tricky when shooting flash photography,” Samir Hussein, a longtime Getty photographer who often covers the royal family, told Vogue. “[It] also meant Harry and Meghan would be under an umbrella, which usually means it’s hard to get clean photos of the couple. Little did I know these elements would come together so spectacularly to produce a timeless image. I knew that if that light could be lined up to be right behind as they walked, then it could create a dramatic photo, acting like a backlight in a studio shot. I managed to maneuver myself to line up the flash behind them and then had to work quickly, with just a second or two to get the shot as they smiled wonderfully at each other. It’s a one in a million, when all the elements you could wish for as a photographer come together—perfect timing, great lighting, strong symbolism, and amazing subjects.”

Honestly, it’s a photo that will go down in history.