Photographer to the stars Mario Testino has opened up working with the British royals and revealed how he came to capture Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s iconic engagement photo.
“I waited a long time, an hour or two, to make that picture perfect,” said Mario in an interview with The Telegraph. “But I wasn’t totally satisfied. Then, when I’d finished the shoot, they were about to leave and they suddenly hugged in front of a radiator.
“It was spontaneous emotion. You could see they were completely in love.”
Having worked with Diana, Princess of Wales, on her famous shoot for Vanity Fair, Mario compared the late Princess and her sons.
William “is more like his mother,” according to the Peruvian photographer. “There’s a kindness and a gentleness there that instantly wins you over.”
The Duke was, Testino felt, completely “in love with Kate. I knew they would stay together.”
Harry is more like his father Prince Charles, says Mario, who says that the 29-year-old has a similar sense of humour to the Prince of Wales.
Mario Testino at William and Kate’s wedding
“Kate, she is beautiful in a different way,” said Mario. “She radiates happiness. She is comfortable in her love.”
Mario, 59, who has recently been awarded an OBE, first met William and Harry in 2008 when he was asked by Kensington Palace to showcase a series of his portraits of Diana and wanted to show the exhibition to the Princes first.
Mario, who was a hot contender to take the official christening pictures of Prince George before Jason Bell was chosen, recalls that William and Harry brought their then girlfriends, Kate Middleton and Chelsey Davey, to see the photographs.