Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding is finally here, GQ catches up with Hugo Burnand, William and Kate’s royal wedding photographer and the only portrait photographer in the UK to have a Royal warrant, who talks us through the day.
What was the crowd’s reaction to seeing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?
Deafening, frankly! I can’t tell you how amazing it was to see that expression of love between Harry and Meghan, mirrored by the love and support that came at them from the crowd. As with every wedding we all fell in love with the bride. The chorus of gasps and cheers as we all first glimpsed Meghan in that stunning dress went right through me. And as for Harry, who looked every inch the perfect prince in his military attire, the country, in fact the world, just adores he and his brother so the crowd looked elated to see him.
What was the build-up like before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived?
It really was the best of British – the bunting, the flags, the buckets of goodwill complimented perfectly by the international feel – American flags waving amongst the Union Jacks, tourists from around the world and throngs of international TV crews jostling for position. From my position on the Guardroom Roof inside the castle grounds it has been such a joy to witness this magical day.
How did the day compare to Will and Kate’s?
The big difference is I actually got to watch this one! Being on the inside last time, intimately involved in the day I didn’t, and still haven’t actually, watched the day back. I’m so happy to have been able to experience it from a different perspective this time and to be able to take it in, knowing what they must all be going through yet not having to shoulder the pressure and responsibility. It is simply the greatest honour to have been the official photographer for multiple Royal Weddings so this day has bought many of those emotions back.
What was the stand-out feeling about Harry and Meghan’s wedding?
They were both smiling so much – the mega-wattage of those smiles was incredible. Two beautiful people, inside and out, looking immensely happy. Everyone in the crowd coming together- young, old and from all nationalities – the goodwill is palpable and contagious.
Right now, this feels like the happiest place on Earth.