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A ROYAL FLASH!

IMom pix up scoop

- By YARON STEINBUCH

It was a jolly good scoop. A British single mom armed with an iPhone beat out an army of profession­al photograph­ers to capture the perfect image of four beaming royals — by shouting, “Merry Christmas!”

Karen Murdoch sparked a Siri-ous media frenzy with her snapshot of Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry and his fiancée, Meghan Markle, as they strolled to Sandringha­m Church on Christmas Day.

The 39-year-old self-described royal geek said she got their attention with a cheery shout.

“I’m just very bubbly by nature and I was with my daughter and I got a bit excitable, I suppose,” she said, according to the Telegraph. “I was just sort of shouting and I just went, ‘Merry Christmas!’ like an idiot.

“That’s all I said and got them to look,” she added.

The image — the first time the four have been photograph­ed together — was splashed across the front pages of the Sun, Daily Mail, Mirror, Star, Daily Telegraph, Express and other papers.

“It was pure luck — I took it on an iPhone and it was a great photograph,” the Watlington, Norfolk, woman told the BBC. “The rest is history.”

Murdoch posted her image on Twitter, where it quickly went viral and attracted the attention of users who advised her to hire an agent to cash in on her grab rather than offering it for free.

Celebrity agent Ken Goff, who is handling sales of the image, said he expected it to earn “thousands” of British pounds.

“It was the best picture on the day,” he told the UK’s Eastern Daily Press. “You’ve got the two principals, Catherine and Meghan, bang in the middle of the frame. It’s the perfect picture.”

Murdoch, a learning and developmen­t coordinato­r at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, hopes to use any proceeds from the snap to fund her 17-year-old daughter Rachel’s college tuition, the Eastern Daily Press reported.

 ??  ?? GOOD SHOT! This first photo of William, Kate, Meghan and Harry, as they walked to church on Christmas Day, was taken with an iPhone by single mom Karen Murdoch (inset), who hopes to score a princely sum.
GOOD SHOT! This first photo of William, Kate, Meghan and Harry, as they walked to church on Christmas Day, was taken with an iPhone by single mom Karen Murdoch (inset), who hopes to score a princely sum.

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