Younger, hipper, cooler – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement photographs herald a new era of royal portraiture, just as their relationship has. Shot by rising star Alexi Lubomirski – a former assistant to Vogue favourite Mario Testino, who took William and Kate’s first official images (fuelling the fact that this couple represent the new generation) – these are images akin to a fashion campaign from heritage house Burberry (for whom Testino and his crew are frequent collaborators).
While the borderline engagement-ring advertisement pose is not all that different to Wills and Kate – heads together (sorry) and engagement ring on full show – the mood, almost defiantly, is.
Markle pulls the focus in both. In the first, it is she who is centre frame with her eyes straight to camera, wearing a surprisingly daring, barely-there dress from the Ralph & Russo autumn/winter ‘16 couture runway. In the second, she is sensually enveloped in her prince’s jacket, wearing a suitably princess-to-be cream cashmere sweater and – her eyes blissfully closed – an expression to match. Harry, on the other hand, with his rough hipster beard and laughter lines, looks, well, like his Christmases have all come at once. These pictures prove this is a couple who are going to be different to anything we have seen from the royals before – and something tells us we haven’t seen anything yet.