Award-winning celebrity photographer Alison Jackson, known for her photo of Princess Diana showing the 'middle finger', does it again with pre-natal series of the Sussexes.
People can't wait to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex take on their roles as parents. And with the couple silent about the whole thing, the people are all the more curious to see how the royal couple is preparing for the arrival of their child who is due this April.
According to Daily Mail, Alison Jackson, a renowned celebrity photographer, has imagined the royal couple's pre-natal prep using lookalikes. She has done several such spoof photoshoots of the other royals as well, including one with a pregnant Kate and William ahead of Prince George's birth. The British BAFTA award-winning artist is known for her satirical pictures depicting the imagined private lives of celebrities such as Donald Trump, David Beckham etc.
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Her latest collection depicts Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lookalikes portraying what pre-natal preparations would look like. She has captured numerous activities showing how the couple spends the last few months before the birth of their child. The pictures show the Royals picking out baby names, practicing pre-natal yoga together and picking out baby clothes.
In the picture where the two are debating baby names, they are standing in front of a board with the potential ones on it. On the boy's side, they have typical American names like Chuck, Brad and even Thomas, Meghan's dad's name which is stroked out, referring to Markle's strained relationship with him. Jackson has jokingly done the same for the girls' names, striking out Kate's name with a big 'NO' next to it – hinting at the supposed rift between the princesses.
Other pictures show 'Prince Harry' being a doting father by listening to the child's heartbeat and measuring Markle's baby bump. The fake Harry is shown helping Markle tackle some extreme pre-natal yoga moves in the funny pictures.
However, being a 'father' isn't the only way that Jackson has depicted the soon-to-be father. She also showed Harry having some alone time, away from his wife downing a pint of beer. Another photo shows the Prince holding a book on Veganism while gorging on a thick juicy burger.
Jackson light-hearted pictures weren't always taken as a joke. Some even got her into trouble previously. She was always at war with herself, debating whether she should do a series of pictures or avoid it altogether. But, every picture had an untold story of contemporary celebrity culture which she was determined to show.
One example was the controversial photos of 'Princess Diana' holding up the middle finger to the camera. "She was chased all the time by the press and the public. We had a need to see her more and more and more. How did she feel about all of that? The photo shows her [lookalike] with her middle finger up - it was a 'that's to you guys for chasing me around'" said Jackson, explaining the thought behind it.
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Another photo from 1997 that got the public's attention was Jackson's photo of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed holding their mixed-race child. "I wanted to examine how Diana had been manufactured by the media and the racial prejudice surrounding their relationship. That picture got me into serious trouble," she told the Telegraph. That was the photo that kickstarted Jackson's career. She's inspired every day to create pieces of art that create a movement or evoke emotion from people. "My pictures ask where the truth ends and the lies begin…where the subjective triumphs over the objective."