In case you missed it, Harriman, who famously spearheaded the duchess's maternity shoot during her second pregnancy, received an Oscar nomination for Best Live-Action Short Film for his project, The After. In response to the big announcement, the 47-year-old photographer and director took to Twitter and said, "Omg thank you @TheAcademy and congratulations to our amazing team that made this film. Thank you for your endless support. @Netflix Wow."
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Major congrats are in order
The movie, which stars David Oyelowo and Jessica Plummer, marks Harriman's directorial debut, and it follows a grieving rideshare driver who's forced to confront his past when he picks up a passenger. As it turns out, Markle is a big fan of the film, because in November 2023, she moderated a thoughtful discussion about the movie's themes and impact during a Netflix screening.
On Instagram, Harriman shared an image of the royal in action and wrote, "Here are some images from a very special screening of The After, moderated by the Duchess of Sussex. It was extra special to have her and so many of my film idols watch this film. Thank you for coming to all the guests and @netflix for hosting."
This isn't the only time the Duchess of Sussex has publicly shown support for her friend. In April 2023, she made a virtual appearance for Harriman's TED Talk on "The Power of an Image" and shared some kind words for his introduction. Markle said, "Our next speaker has an unmatched eye for a good photograph. I've experienced his talent firsthand as he's captured many meaningful milestones for me and my family, and I know there are many others who share in this experience."
She added, "His lens has photographed everything from events that have changed the world, invisible moments we all desperately needed to see, along with some of the planet's most recognizable faces. But this was not always his path, and you might be surprised to hear not who, but what, he credits for his success."
In response, Harriman thanked the duchess on IG and said, "The Duchess of Sussex was kind enough to introduce me unto the stage for my @ted Thank you for the support Meg."
In addition Harriman's The After, other short films in the running for an Oscar are Invincible, Knight of Fortune, Red, White and Blue and The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar.
Something tells us that Markle couldn't be more proud. (FYI, you can now stream Harriman's riveting drama on Netflix.)
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