Prince Harry and Meghan Markle release official engagement photos

Images were taken by the fashion and celebrity photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who says it was ‘an incredible honour’

Official photographs of Prince Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle, taken by the fashion and celebrity photographer Alexi Lubomirski, have been released by Kensington Palace to mark the couple’s engagement.

One is a black and white portrait showing them in an intimate embrace, and the other is a more formal portrait of them sitting together holding hands.

The 33-year-old prince and his bride-to-be announced their engagement on 27 November and they are set to marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on 19 May.

The black and white image of the happy couple
The black and white image of the happy couple. Photograph: Alexi Lubomirski/AFP/Getty Images

Lubomirski, whose previous subjects have included the actors Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore and Angelina Jolie, took the portraits this week at Frogmore House, Windsor.

He said: “It was an incredible honour to be asked to document this wonderful event, but also a great privilege to be invited to share and be witness to this young couple’s love for one another.

A third image was also released.
A third image was also released. Photograph: Alexi Lubomirski/PA

“I cannot help but smile when I look at the photos that we took of them, such was their happiness together.”

Markle, 36, an American actor best known for her role in the legal drama Suits, displays her engagement ring in both studies. The ring was designed by Harry.

In one image she holds his face, and in the other she sits just below him on the steps of Frogmore.

On Wednesday Markle joined senior royals at a Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. She will join the Queen and other members of the royal family for Christmas Day celebrations on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

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