A single mother from Norfolk has captured one of the most rare images of The Royal Family ever taken. Karen Anvil was in the crowds which gathered at Sandringham yesterday, Christmas Day, when she snapped the treasured photo. In it, Meghan Markle can be seen beaming happily as she clings to the arm of Prince Harry. Beside them is the obviously pregnant Duchess of Cambridge and her husband the Duke, William.
The reason for the excitement behind the photo, which in itself is a fabulous image, is due to the affectionate gesture between the Duke and Duchess. There’s no written rule that says that William and Kate can’t kiss or hold hands in public, but as we know, the royal family is taught to follow the queen’s lead. The queen rarely holds hands with her husband in public, and this seems to have set an unwritten precedent for the other royals. She’s set the standard that PDA is generally distasteful and, as a married couple, William and Kate have chosen to follow suit. Which is why you wont see many, if any, pictures of the couple engaging in public affection. This rare moment sets a new precedence perhaps for their children. Will we one day see Prince George and his future wife break Royal tradition and protocol?
For Karen Anvil, the woman behind the historic photo, she is forever grateful to have been in the right place at the right time.
Speaking to the BBC, she said: ‘I’m just very bubbly by nature and I was with my daughter and I got a bit excitable, I suppose. I was just sort of shouting and I just went “Merry Christmas!” like an idiot. I was fan-girling. That’s all I said and got them to look.’
Ms Anvil now hopes that the photo will pay for her daughter to go to university after sharing it on her twitter account yesterday. Things took a very sudden chaotic turn when the photo was shared and quickly swept the web. Ms Anvil and her daughter Rachel were among the supporters who braved the chilly temperatures to catch a glimpse of the senior royals on their way to church yesterday. The crowds are permitted to line the route while professional photographers are restricted in where they can go, giving Ms Anvil her excellent vantage point. Ms Anvil explained that at first she allowed people to use the image for free before realising there was the potential to earn some money. Followers and other Twitter users started commenting on the picture, telling Ms Anvil she could charge for its use. Ms Anvil said she will put any money she earns towards paying for Rachel’s education.