Harry and Meghan's nod to Prince Philip in their Time photoshoot

Harry and Meghan’s nod to Prince Philip: How photographer who captured couple’s Time portrait took snap of the Duke of Edinburgh with his first camera aged just eight

  • Pari Dukovic took the pictures of the Duke of Edinburgh when the royal visited Turkey in May 1992 
  • He said the images taken on a Russian KMZ Zenit camera were his ‘first ever of someone influential’
  • Mr Dukovic revealed the two pictures in an Instagram post paying tribute to Philip following his death
  • Photographer from Istanbul has now photographed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for Time magazine

The photographer who took the portrait of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for Time magazine also captured two pictures of Prince Philip with his first camera aged just eight when the royal visited his home city of Istanbul.

Pari Dukovic took the pictures of the Duke of Edinburgh when his father got them both into a church service when Philip visited Turkey in May 1992 – and told how the images were his ‘first ever of someone influential’.

The photographer said he had been given the Russian KMZ Zenit camera for his eighth birthday just four months earlier, and the pictures ‘instilled in me the idea that a kid can create and dreams can become reality’.

Mr Dukovic, who is of Greek descent but is now based in the US as staff photographer for The New Yorker, revealed the two pictures in April in an Instagram post paying tribute to Philip following his death aged 99.

Philip had been meeting the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople in Turkey at the time, and Mr Dukovic later gifted the photo to the Orthodox leader who in turn passed it onto Philip as a memory from his visit.

The post emerged as Mr Dukovic, who has also worked with Barack Obama and The Weeknd, photographed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for Time which named them as among the top 100 most influential people of 2021. 

One of the two pictures photographer Pari Dukovic took of the Duke of Edinburgh when he visited Turkey in May 1992


Mr Dukovic also took this picture

In the Instagram post on April 17 which was accompanied by his two pictures of Philip, Mr Dukovic wrote: ‘When I turned eight years old, recognizing a passion in me, my dad gifted me my first camera – a Russian Zenit.

‘Since then he has archived my photographs through adolescence. Four months after I got this gift, Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh came to Istanbul on an environmental trip to visit with the Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew I.

What did Pari Dukovic say about photographing Prince Philip aged eight? 

‘When I turned 8 years old, recognizing a passion in me, my dad gifted me my first camera – a Russian Zenit. 

‘Since then he has archived my photographs through adolescence. Four months after I got this gift, Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh came to Istanbul on an environmental trip to visit with the Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew I.

‘My dad got us access to the service and this is where I took these two photographs, my first ever of someone influential. This experience instilled in me the idea that a kid can create and dreams can become reality.

‘We gifted this photo to the Ecumenical Patriarchate which eventually made its way to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as a memory from his visit. I’m thankful for this life altering experience that my dad made possible. Rest In Peace, Prince Philip.’

April 17 

‘My dad got us access to the service and this is where I took these two photographs, my first ever of someone influential. This experience instilled in me the idea that a kid can create and dreams can become reality.

‘We gifted this photo to the Ecumenical Patriarchate which eventually made its way to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as a memory from his visit. I’m thankful for this life altering experience that my dad made possible. Rest In Peace, Prince Philip.’

Appearing on the front cover of Time magazine in the US to celebrate their inclusion in its annual ‘100 most influential people’ list, the picture of Harry and Meghan appeared to have been heavily re-touched.

Both Harry and Meghan have appeared on Time magazine’s ‘icons’ list separately but this is their first inclusion together – and their first joint magazine cover.

It is accompanied by a flattering profile, written by their close friend, chef Jose Andres, with whom they have collaborated on charitable initiatives, in which he writes: ‘In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know. They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle.’

Describing the duchess as an ‘active humanitarian and a powerful advocate for women and girls around the world’, he adds: ‘Springing into action is not the easy choice for a young duke and duchess who have been blessed through birth and talent, and burned by fame.

‘It would be much safer to enjoy their good fortune and stay silent. That’s not what Harry and Meghan do, or who they are.’

Another picture in the series shows the Sussexes, this time dressed in coordinating shades of olive green, strolling through a verdant garden hand in hand, gazing at each other and smiling.

According to the magazine, Clare and Nina Hallworth, whose clients include Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Kirsten Dunst and Cameron Dias, styled the couple.

Make-up was by Linda Hay, who works with models Heidi Klum and Karlie Kloss. Their hairdresser was celebrity favourite Serge Normant, who styled Meghan’s ‘messy bun’ for her wedding to Harry in 2018.

The couple were named alongside other ‘icons’ including Dolly Parton, Britney Spears, Joe Biden – and even Donald Trump. 

Mr Dukovic photographed the Sussexes for Time which named them as among the top 100 most influential people of 2021

Another picture shows the Sussexes, this time dressed in coordinating shades of olive green, strolling through a garden

This is another of Mr Dukovic’s photographs of the Duke and Duchess for Time magazine as part of its Time 100 edition 

Their cover is one of several alternative versions of the issue on sale. Others feature gymnast Simone Biles and actress Kate Winslet.

Philip was meeting the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople (pictured in Budapest on Sunday), and Mr Dukovic later gifted the photo to the Orthodox leader who in turn passed it onto the Duke as a memory of his visit 

The couple also agreed to write a citation for another nominee, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first African and first woman to lead the World Trade Organization.

They used the short piece to call for more vaccine equality, saying: ‘Okonjo-Iweala has shown us that to end the pandemic, we must work together to equip every nation with equitable vaccine access.

‘Our conversations with her have been as informative as they are energizing. This is partly because, despite the challenges, she knows how to get things done – even between those who don’t always agree -and does so with grace and a smile that warms the coldest of rooms.’

Time editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, said of their inclusion: ‘Their actions this year not only prompted deep re-appraisals of British society and the monarchy’s place within it, but have also catalysed essential conversations on topics from mental health to misinformation.

‘Our cover portrait, taken by Pari Dukovic, marks the first time the world-famous couple has formally posed together for a magazine cover shoot.’

Photo editor Dilys Ng added: ‘It captures their powerful dynamic as equal partners.’

Meanwhile, the Royal Family took to social media yesterday to wish Prince Harry a very happy birthday, despite the strains of the last year. Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace all posted happy returns.

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