Photographer who snapped Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Remembrance Day revealed as their poppy-free wreath is shown
THE celeb snapper who captured Meghan Markle and Prince Harry paying their respects on Remembrance Sunday has been revealed.
Top photographer Lee Morgan, 39, – who was worked with Vogue, Kanye West's Yeezy and Adidas, captured the Sussexes laying a poppy-free wreathat the Los Angeles National cemetery Sunday.
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He was enlisted by the ex-royals to capture the moment they visited the graves of fallen soldiers after the Prince was allegedly told he couldn't have a Remembrance Day wreath laid at Cenotaph on his behalf.
Mr Morgan, who specialises in fashion and celebrity portraiture, describes himself on his LinkedIn page as someone who enjoys "collaborating with artists and creatives from diverse cultural backgrounds and contributing my time to great teams with great ideas".
The snapper captured the moment the couple, Harry dressed in a smart suit bearing military medals, and Meghan in all-black, placed their poppy-free wreath at an obelisk in the cemetery with a plaque inscribed "In Memory of the Men Who Offered Their Lives In Defence Of Their Country".
In America, poppies aren't really used to signify respect to the war dead with the Sussexes instead opting for a tasteful arrangement of leafy-green plants.
Mr Morgan also snapped the pair laying flowers picked from their garden at the graves of two Commonwealth soldiers – one from the Royal Australian Airforce and one from the Royals Canadian Artillery.
The German-born photogropher grew up between the US and Brazil and is the child of two dancers.
In a behind-the-scenes video he describes how his passion for photography was first awakened after glimpsing arty snaps of his parents dancing.
He said: "I became interested in photography in my early teens. I would see photographs of my parents dancing together and they would take us to art and photo exhibits.
"So around 13-years-old I became really interested in photography. I decided to make this my career from 18-years-old.
"I got the opportunity to follow a photographer and see how an actual photo shoot worked.
"I was really interested and saw that it could be a business and how I could make money taking photos and I made it a career."
The 39-year-old is in high demand from top clients having also worked with Facebook and Bloominghdale's.
He was also shortlisted for two top photography awards in 2014 after putting together an inspired shoot that saw skaters fitted up as surfers riding concrete waves.
Mr Morgan was shortlisted in the Best Story and Best advertisement categories.
Speaking to his budding career, the photographer said simply: "I just like to take pictures."
He added: "My advice for young adults trying to pursue a career in the arts is to be honest, do your research, devote your time to your craft, don't burn any bridges down, the world is small and New York is smaller.
"You may need someone's help in the future."
'ONCE SERVED, ALWAYS SERVING'
The couple's photoshoot did draw some criticism, however, with Prince Harry forced to deny the snaps were a "publicity stunt" after social media users questioned his enlisting of the celeb photographer.
The couple quickly came under fire for the move, with Piers Morgan accusing them of using it as a "PR opportunity."
Those close to Harry defended the photos, claiming the Duke of Sussex's military family will always be one of the most important things to him after he spent ten years in the forces.
They also denied accusations the visit to the cemetery was a publicity stunt.
"If you listen to the podcast that he did at the weekend, he talks about wearing the poppy and wanting to recognise Remembrance Sunday, not only for all those people historically, but also for the people he knew that he lost," someone close to Harry said.
"I don't think that's someone who does something like Remembrance Sunday as a publicity stunt."
Harry also laid a wreath on Remembrance Sunday, on which he is said to have written: “To all of those who have served and are serving. Thank you.”
Speaking of his time in the forces on a podcast over the weekend, Harry said: "Once served always serving, no matter what."
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