Norfolk Mum who took beaming picture of the Royals and Meghan Markle says whole experience has been ‘surreal’

Rachel Murdoch and her mother Karen, whose Royal picture made the news worldwide. Picture: Chris Bis

Rachel Murdoch and her mother Karen, whose Royal picture made the news worldwide. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

The mum who took the 'perfect' picture of Royal Family members which has graced the covers of newspapers and magazines around the world has said the whole experience has been quite bizarre.

Karen Murdoch's photo of the Royals at Sandringham has seen her inundated with interest from the med

Karen Murdoch's photo of the Royals at Sandringham has seen her inundated with interest from the media. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Karen Anvil also known as Murdoch, from Watlington, near King's Lynn, beat the professionals when she snapped a photograph on her smartphone of Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle, as they walked to the Christmas Day service at Sandringham Church.

The image made the front covers of the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Mirror and The Sun as well as featuring in Hello magazine and publications in Australia, Canada and America.

The 39 year-old said the experience of her image appearing around the world had been surreal adding; 'It doesn't feel real.'

Ms Anvil, who works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a learning and development co-ordinator, confessed she was not a professional photographer by any means, and had just happened to be in the right place at the right time.


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She said: 'It was purely the luck of the Gods, that I got the photo.'

Within hours of the taking the photograph it had attracted the attention of thousands online in the form of likes and retweets.

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Ms Anvil took the advice of friends, social media users and even established photographers such as Royal photographer for The Sun newspaper; Arthur Edwards and hired an agent to help manage the distribution of the image.

Not wishing to say how much she had made from sales of the photograph, Ms Anvil hopes to use the money she has earned to help towards her daughter's university education. Using some the initial funds to pay for her daughter Rachel to learn to drive, she is hoping the rest of the money made from sales of the picture will make her daughter's life at university financially a bit easier.

Ken Goff, Ms Anvil's agent said sales of the image were doing very well adding: 'It's one of those pictures, without a doubt, I'm pretty sure that it will be used almost every year, as the picture of the Royal couples at Christmas.'

'There were other pictures on the day but it was just a good picture.'

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