The single mother who snapped one of the first ever photos of Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle on Christmas day has spoken of the global media attention she’s received, which includes publication of the image in over 50 outlets worldwide, saying “it’s changed our lives.”
Last month we reported on the iPhone photo Karen Anvil took of the royals. By her own admission, Anvil is no photographer, nor does she aspire to be. Regardless, she has been praised for her effort. The entire incident is a sweet story of how the hospital worker, who is a royal enthusiast, happened to be in the right place at the right time. She intends to use the profits to fund her daughter’s university education, where she intends to study nursing.
After the photo circulated the world, Anvil took on an agent. She tells the BBC of how she’ll be at her work office, when she starts to get calls about further sales. “I feel so silly,” she said.
So far, the image has been featured on the front pages of just about every British newspaper, including the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, and Express. What’s more, more than 50 publications around the world have since used the photograph, including in Canada, Spain, Italy, America, and Japan. Anvil has also been interviewed on primetime British morning TV.
An image of Anvil and her daughter has even appeared in tabloid magazines in the U.K. “There's a picture of me and [daughter] Rachel in Hello [magazine] too — that's the one I was happiest about. It couldn't get any better than that […] I've had some offers to do work but they're just too cringe, to be honest.”
My daughter wants to study nursing and will have full-time working placements. But what I want is to provide for her so she doesn't have to work an extra job on top of her placements and studying.
When quizzed about the total sum from image sales, Anvil remained coy. She wouldn’t reveal the exact figure, but said it's not "millions or even half a million, [but] it's been a great help," with her agent adding that international sales had been “healthy.”
Lead image by David Dibert via Unsplash.