Royal photographer Samir Hussein is sharing details about how the coronavirus pandemic will affect future engagements. (And yes, things are bound to be even more exclusive than usual.)
The photographer—who has captured several memorable moments, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s iconic rain photo—appeared on a recent episode of the Royally Obsessed podcast, where he chatted with hosts Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito about what to expect. Hussein admitted the royal family will likely take drastic measures due to the pandemic, including limited access during events.
“I think there’s going to be very little access to them,” he said. “When these opportunities do come up, it’s probably going to be just one or two photographers until things get back to some kind of normality.”
Hussein explained that the concern isn’t only for the royal family, but for the press, too. “I think it’s just going to be limiting the number of photographers because it’s not just the proximity of us to [the royal family], but it’s also us to other photographers,” he continued. “Normally for a big engagement, there would be quite a few of us down there.”
Although he hasn’t received any official guidelines, Hussein proposed a potential solution. “Maybe two or three photographers for each job,” he said. “And it might be that we have to take it in turns to jobs, so we’ll have to see how that all pans out. Certainly, it’s going to be very limited for the foreseeable future.”
On the bright side, the royal photographer confirmed that royal outings should become more frequent, adding, “I’m hoping there will be some opportunities in the coming weeks and months, but it will be very limited for sure. Not what we’re used to at all.”
Hey, we’ll take what we can get.