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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

Single mother hopes royal photo with Meghan Markle will pay for daughter’s university

Karen Murdoch’s picture of the four young British royals appeared on the front page of numerous UK newspapers

Ms Murdoch's picture was chosen ahead of shots captured by top photographers at Sandringham, Norfolk. Adrian Dennis/ AFP Photo
Ms Murdoch's picture was chosen ahead of shots captured by top photographers at Sandringham, Norfolk. Adrian Dennis/ AFP Photo

A single mother who took a photograph of Meghan Markle with Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has said she will use the proceeds to send her daughter to university.

Karen Murdoch captured a shot of the young royals at Sandringham, Norfolk, on Christmas Day, which was later used on the front page of many British newspapers on Tuesday.

Ms Murdoch’s picture, which was taken using an iPhone, was chosen over pictures taken by top photographers who had gathered outside St Mary Magdalene Church to catch a glimpse of Ms Markle, who is celebrating her first Christmas with the British royals.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are both seen looking directly into the camera and smiling, in the first picture taken of the two couples together.

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Ms Murdoch, 39, had joined well wishers at the church hoping to see the royals and said she caught their attention by shouting “Merry Christmas”.

After posting the image on social media, she was inundated by requests from the world’s media to use the picture, which she initially allowed to be used for free.

However, after being advised by Twitter users to sell the photo for a fee, Ms Murdoch began using an agent to work on her behalf.

"The thing is - and I hate to play the single mum card - I'm a single parent, I work two jobs, which I'm proud of and I've always worked,” Ms Murdoch, who goes by Karen Anvil on Twitter, told the BBC.

"Now I want to save money for my daughter for uni and if I can do that, and can get that opportunity that's amazing," she said.

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