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How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Engagement Photos Compare to William and Kate's

There are some key differences.
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By now you've probably heard that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released official photos to mark their engagement, which was announced last month. The photos were captured by fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Frogmore House in Windsor, earlier this week.

The series of candid photos show the happy couple relaxed and smiling in both color and black and white. The pictures drew obvious comparisons to those released by Prince William and Kate Middleton in December 2010, ahead of their April 2011 wedding.


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Here's how the photo sessions stack up:

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Harry and Meghan chose Alexi Lubomirski to shoot their engagement photos. Lubomirski grew up in Botswana, a particularly favorite country of the prince and actress, but studied his craft at the University of Brighton.

As well as shooting many magazine covers, he has worked with Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Jessica Parker, to name a few, and recently a Maybelline campaign starring Gigi Hadid. Last year, he released an entire series to promote and celebrate diversity shooting the likes of Lupita Nyong'o and Hari Nef.

Lubomirski has royal blood himself and inherited the title "His Serene Highness Prince" from his birth father's royal Polish heritage.

Prince William and Kate, on the other hand, opted for esteemed photographer Mario Testino to capture their newly engaged moments (Lubomirski actually used to be Testino's assistant before making it himself). Testino's portfolio of editorials, superstars, and high-fashion adverts is well-known but what most probably encouraged William to select him was that he was a favorite of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

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THE BODY LANGUAGE

There is no denying that Meghan and Harry look suitably loved up in these engagement photos. In the color photo, Meghan is seated between her fiancé's knees, holding his hand (and showcasing her beautiful ring, of course) while using her other arm to casually rest on his knee. Their heads are touching and their closeness is palpable.

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The second photo is even more intimate. Harry looks like he's been caught mid-laugh while he pulls her into his coat. Meghan is looking down, smiling and caressing his face. It's so romantic, you almost feel like you're intruding.

On the other hand, William and Kate's photos were a tad more restrained—as could be expected from a royal heir—yet they looked just as happy. There was a formal photo, with the two having their arms around each other yet leaving enough space between them to fully turn towards the camera. Then there was a more informal photo of the couple locked in an embrace, grinning from ear to ear, with their heads touching.

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The second official portrait, shot by Mario Testino, released in December 2010 to mark the royal couple’s engagement

Testino later told Hello magazine that the more informal photo was impromptu: "I wasn't totally satisfied. Then, when I'd finished the shoot, they were about to leave and they suddenly hugged in front of a radiator. It was spontaneous emotion. You could see they were completely in love."

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THE LOCATION

The two couples were photographed in the chilly month of December, yet one opted for outside while the other had the (probably more sensible) idea of staying inside.

Harry and Meghan's photos were taken in the private grounds of Frogmore House at Windsor Castle, which is suitably near where the couple will exchange vows in May at the castle's St George's Chapel.

William and Kate were photographed at the royal residence of St. James' Palace in central London where William grew up with his brother and father Prince Charles.

THE OUTFITS

For William and Kate's formal portrait, the outfits were, unsurprisingly, formal too. William was dressed in a Turnball and Asser suit, while Kate wore a white Reiss dress and earrings from Links, according to the BBC.

In the informal shot, both wore jeans. William matched this with a shirt and beige Cuccinelli jumper while Kate selected a white blouse from Whistles.

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Prince Harry was suited up for his engagement photo shoot, choosing a navy design, and then opting for a Burberry coat, according to The Telegraph, to wrap himself—and Meghan—into for the second shot.


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Ralph & Russo Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 Show at Paris Fashion Week in July 2016

Meghan is continuing to pave the way as someone to watch in the fashion sphere by choosing a sheer, full-length Ralph & Russo gown with gold embellishment detailing for the color portrait. She wore a white jumper by Victoria Beckham for the black and white shot.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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