It was a surprise for Valentine’s Day: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were expecting their second child with a black-and-white portrait. In it they lay together on their lawn, the trees a spreading branch behind them, Megan’s head in Prince Harry’s lap. Her hand rests on a bump covered with a Carolina Herrera dress, which designer Wes Gordon made for her first custom pregnancy. “We can confirm that Archie will be a big brother. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child,” said a spokesman for the couple.
A photographer? Misan Harriman. He has been a longtime friend of the couple. In fact, when Harriman posted a picture on his Instagram, he did so with a thoughtful, personal headline: “Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness how this love story begins, and my friend, I am honored to film it as growing, “he wrote.” Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on this good news! “But attributing the choice to friendship alone is a disservice to both Harriman and the couple.
Nigerian-born Harriman made history in September as the first black male photographer to capture the cover of the British Vogue. The theme was activism, appropriate to the theme given his past work: that summer he captured the London protests Black Lives Matter.
It is significant that they chose such an artist to announce the pregnancy – an event that caused a frenzy in the media and went global within minutes. In addition to sharing their news, they also highlighted Harriman’s profile, and thus his powerful work with civil rights cameras.
In June, Vogue reported that Harry and Meghan planned for racial justice to become one of their reasons for signing. Delivering a prom speech for her alma mater, the Immaculate Heart, the Duchess named victims of police brutality, and also shared her experiences during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. That summer, the couple spent time talking to community leaders and local advocates to discover how they could be most effective. (One of those figures? Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries.) Then, in late 2020, they announced that their charity, Archewell, would be partnering with five other nonprofits. One of them is the Loveland Foundation, which provides black women and girls with mental health resources.
Harriman said British Vogue that his portrayal of the two matured with symbolism: “With the tree of life behind them and the garden representing fertility, life and moving forward, they needed no direction, because they are, and always have been, waltzes through life together as absolutely related souls, ”he said.
It’s hard not to read that explanation and feel touched. In November, the Duchess of Sussex wrote a powerful edition for The New York Times where she discovered she had had an abortion. “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, which many have experienced, and little has been said about it,” the duchess wrote. Thus, Harriman’s framing of fertility “moving forward” undoubtedly stems from the appearance of steam from that dark period.
Then there is the choice of the time of their publication: Valentine’s Day. It is obvious that this is a day dedicated to the celebration of love. But it goes beyond that: 37 years ago, on February 14, 1984, Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced that they were expecting their second child, two years after the birth of their first.
In mythology, the “tree of life” represents both fertility and the connection between heaven and earth. In this case, the picture seems to embody it all.
This article originally appeared on Vogue.com
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