The history of members of the royal family going behind the camera is surprisingly a long and established one that dates back to Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Lord Snowdon) who married Princess Margaret and set up successful portrait studios in Kensington. Kate Middleton’s foray into photography is perhaps the strongest hint that a jobbing career might lie ahead in future if she continues to hone her skills mastering her bokehs and f-stops. Never mind the ambitions of royal photographers that now lie in tatters in the wake of her growing portfolio.
The honorary membership of the Royal Photographic Society is a recognition of her burgeoning talent that has seen her document family life and the development of her two children; Prince George and Princess Charlotte as well as her travels in Asia. With her unparalleled access she might yet capture the most candid images of life behind-the-scenes in the House of Windsor in years to come. She has also taken keen interest in the National Portait Gallery, the country’s most renowned showcase and archive for portraiture.
Prince Harry too has dabbled chronicling a Christmas spent frolicking in front and behind the lens in Africa as he toured Leshoto for his Sentebale charity in 2015. But could it be the relentless scrutiny of the paparazzi that drives royals to seek sanctuary behind the lens and give an unvarnished and wholesome account of their lives?