A photographer who snapped Harry and Meghan Markle for Time magazine also took a picture of Prince Philip when he was an eight-year-old budding snapper.
Pari Dukovic, now a well-established photographer who has also worked with Barack Obama, took the photo of the Sussexes for Time, which named them among the top 100 most influential people of 2021.
For Dukovic, on the staff of The New Yorker, it was not his first brush with royalty.
He had in fact snapped the Duke of Edinburgh, in his hometown city of Istanbul back in 1992, when he was just a child.
His dad had bought him a Russian KMZ Zenit camera due to his love of photography and he managed to get snaps of Philip when they both went to a church service.
Dukovic gave the photo to the church leader, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew l of Constantinople, who in turn gave it to Philip as a souvenir from his visit.
The now US based snapper posted two of his photos of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 17 this year following his death.
He wrote: “When I turned eight years old, recognising a passion in me, my dad gifted me my first camera – a Russian Zenit.
“Since then he has archived my photographs through adolescence. Four months after I got this gift, Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh came to Istanbul on an environmental trip to visit with the Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew I.
“My dad got us access to the service and this is where I took these two photographs, my first ever of someone influential. This experience instilled in me the idea that a kid can create and dreams can become reality.
“We gifted this photo to the Ecumenical Patriarchate which eventually made its way to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as a memory from his visit. I’m thankful for this life altering experience that my dad made possible. Rest In Peace, Prince Philip.”
Now he is back photographing royals with Harry and Meghan who have appeared for the first time together in Time magazine’s icons list.
Along with the photo was a complimentary profile by a friend of the couple Jose Andres.
He wrote: “In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know.
Photograph by Pari Dukovic for TIME)
“They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle.”
Time editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, claimed the couple had affected a “re-appraisal” of British society.
He said: “Their actions this year not only prompted deep re-appraisals of British society and the monarchy’s place within it, but have also catalysed essential conversations on topics from mental health to misinformation.
“Our cover portrait, taken by Pari Dukovic, marks the first time the world-famous couple has formally posed together for a magazine cover shoot.”