The royal family's photographer shared his favorite photo of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry — and it's not at all what you'd expect

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  • Getty Images photographer Chris Jackson spoke to INSIDER about his new book „Modern Monarchy“ and some of his favorite moments with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry so far. 
  • He told us a photo he took on Wednesday featuring the couple holding hands and laughing is his favorite.
  • Jackson also said that Markle has brought a „new dynamic“ to the royal family due to her „relaxed and unforced“ nature.

You may not immediately recognize the name Chris Jackson, but he’s essentially an unofficial member of the royal family at this point. The photographer has been documenting the royals for Getty Images over the past 10 years, and he’s responsible for some of their most iconic photos. 

Looking back to this day in 2013 and an amazing evening at the @sentebale ‘Stories of Hope’ Exhibition of my images from #Lesotho at the @gettyimagesgallery in Central London. An idea conceived whilst broken down with @nachofigueras on the side of a mountain in Lesotho the exhibition not only celebrated the achievements of the charity over the last decade but illustrated some of the issues and challenges the country faced. This was Prince Harry’s first appearance after becoming an uncle – A really exciting period for the country and everyone involved – Good Times! Tomorrow is the annual @sentebale Polo Cup – In the UK for the first time in a while. Follow @sentebale for updates and some images from the recent highly successful #AIDS2018 Conference in Amsterdam @sentebale @gettyimages #PrinceHarry #charity #Lesotho #Africa #polo photo by @timwhitbyphoto

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He’s been photographing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s journey to becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for over a year now, so we asked him what his favorite photograph of the couple is so far — and his answer is surprisingly recent.

Jackson took what he considers his best photo of the couple during their first official visit to Sussex as duke and duchess of the county on Wednesday

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry favorite photo

„Having photographed Prince Harry for so many years as a solo royal it’s been great to capture him with the duchess, two people who clearly share similar passions and are so relaxed and happy together,“ Jackson told INSIDER. „I actually took my favorite photograph of the pair during a visit to Sussex yesterday  — a lovely interaction as they held hands and burst into laughter during a visit to a youth project.“

Jackson follows members of the family as they embark on royal tours and official appearances; so far, he’s been impressed with Markle’s approach

The Duchess of Sussex has really introduced an exciting new dynamic to the royal family,“ Jackson told us. „Right from her first official appearance at the Invictus Games in Toronto she has been relaxed and natural on camera.“

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry invictus games 2017

He also thinks her demeanor has come across as „relaxed and unforced“ since becoming a royal, and she also carries a sense of „confidence“ during her high-profile appearances.

„She takes the time to chat to as many people as possible on royal engagements and it’s certainly been exciting for me as a royal photographer to document this exciting time!“ Jackson told us.

Jackson said that his favorite moments and photographs of the royal family are the slightly more candid ones

He especially loves the photos he takes that, he said, „remind you these are brother and sister, mother and son, sister and brother.“

For instance, he names the moment Markle and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, burst into laughter during Prince Harry’s speech for the Prince of Wales‘ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration in May as one of his favorite moments he’s captured.

Meghan and Camilla

Several more of Jackson’s favorite moments have been collected for his new book, „Modern Monarchy,“ which will be released on October 16.

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