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Thursday 15 November 2018

Royal seal of approval for Herald's Gerry as Meghan picks his shot

Meghan Markle visited Ireland in July. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Meghan Markle visited Ireland in July. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Meghan Markle has personally picked out a photograph to send as a postcard to her adoring fans - and chose a snap taken by Herald photographer Gerry Mooney.

Prince Harry's wife had plenty of choice as one of the world's most photographed women, and eventually picked Gerry's photograph to show off her best side.

The latest addition to the royal family was sending out postcards as a thank you to her fans who had sent their best wishes following her 37th birthday, and Gerry's photo was the one Meghan wanted to use as the cover.

Thrilled

The photo chosen was one of the duchess mingling with fans at Trinity College during the royal newlyweds' visit to Ireland in the summer.

The July trip to Dublin was the first official visit made by Meghan and Harry after they got married.

Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after a visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after a visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney

A PA for the Duchess of Sussex, as she is officially known in the UK, told Gerry that Meghan had personally picked that one out as her favourite picture.

"The duchess would be thrilled to use the photograph as her birthday correspondence card," the Kensington Palace official said.

Reacting to the initial call from the royals, Gerry said he thought it was a joke by one of his friends.

The initial contact was made in early August, with the postcard now going viral online.

"They were delighted to have it. It came as a surprise to me, to be honest," Gerry said modestly.

"When I heard it was Kensington Palace on the phone, at first I thought it was one of the colleagues having a laugh, but no, it was serious.

Gerry Mooney
Gerry Mooney

"They explained what they were doing.

"When the duchess goes on a public engagement there's thousands of pictures, both professional and from normal people, taken of her every single day.

"So to have an image picked by her as the image she wanted to use for her birthday card, I have to say I was very pleased with it," he added.

Gerry explained that both Meghan and Harry seemed very relaxed as they went around Trinity College meeting the public.

"The people were very much taken to Meghan. And I remember taking it - as quick as pictures are taken - and thinking there was a certain bond between her and the people at the time," he said.

He said that officials at Kensington Palace went out of their way to get in touch with him for the photograph.

"It's something that I'll put up along with other memorabilia from the job," he said.

"It's a lovely memento of the job and it's not every day you get a call from Kensington Palace looking for a picture to be used."

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