Does Meghan Markle Tip Off The Paparazzi? Famous Photographer Jesal Parshotam Gives An Interesting Answer

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Apr. 26 2021, Published 12:55 p.m. ET

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Does Meghan Markle tip off the paparazzi now that she's married to Prince Harry? Photographer Jesal Parshotam, who has taken photos of Kristen Stewart, the Kardashians, the royal family and more, played coy when the question was asked on the "Hollywood Raw Podcast."

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"I'm going to have to say no comment," he said. "You boys interpret that as you wish, but I can't say it's a categorical no and I can't say it's a categorical yes." 

Parshotam also detailed how he began to follow the royals in the first place. 

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"In terms of breaking stories, the picture that excited me the most — I photographed Harry across the years, I photographed him with Chelsy Davy, three girlfriends ago," he began. "I got the first pictures of him and Cressida Bonas as well, the girlfriend before Meghan, but the first picture of Meghan and Harry for me was an iconic picture. I knew that was the woman he was going to marry. It wasn't just about the money. I do this job to make a living, obviously, we all work to make a living but to be able to get the front page of a national newspaper and to break such a massive story for me was iconic." 

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He added, "That's the picture I have framed in my living room now. I have to remind myself that when I go to work in the morning, this is the kind of work I want to do." 

The photographer also revealed that once Meghan and Harry were "officially a thing," he "flew to Toronto four days after the story broke." 

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"On that occasion, I was in Toronto — the best set I took of Meghan was her going to a forest, and at the forest, she honestly facilitated, she posed up for us," he shared. "She smiled at us, me and the other guys I was working with and we got such a beautiful set of pictures. She talked to us, and at one point, she was telling me, 'Oh where are you from?' I said London. She said you need to stop wearing that trench coat because we're in Toronto, you need to wear a puffer jacket."

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"Honestly, it's surreal — it was very different than what I expected. I photographed her there and again, you need to be in these places for the chance to get the two shot. After doing all that work, I photographed Meghan in India, she went for some charity work. I flew Mumbai, and I managed to get her literally arriving at the airport," he continued. 

Although he's photographed Meghan and Harry plenty of times, he admitted he has "never talked to them," adding that when he did interact with the former actress, she was nothing but kind to him. 

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"I don't think I have a relationship with these people but when Meghan talked about the press and Harry talks about the press, in my personal experience, it wasn't like that. Every time I have photographed Meghan, she has laughed, she has said hello, she has smiled. That day in Toronto, she talked about me wearing a better jacket — is that someone who doesn't like the press? The funny thing about that is Meghan has also posed with paparazzi. I have seen images of her standing next to paparazzi," he spilled. 

"The photographer has his arm around her, he's standing next to her. Meghan also used to organize set-ups. She would ask an agency, 'I am turning up to a restaurant, event, can you photograph me coming in?' She herself had a relationship with the press before she got into a relationship with Harry. I felt like she knew how to manipulate and knew how to use the media in her favor previously to her relationship with Harry," he added. 



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