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Some of the stolen photographs included pictures of the Duke and Duchess on their wedding day, as well as some of the Queen. Hackers accessed the images via an online account set up to hold photos of Meghan and Harry, according to a new biography about the pair, Finding Freedom.
The news that Meghan and Harry had been targeted by hackers was revealed in the tell-all biography about the couple, which was fully released on Tuesday.
All of the images were taken by New York based photographer Alexi Lubomirski.
Some of the unseen pictures were leaked online, but were dismissed as fake at the time.
The authors wrote: “On September 12 2018, a computer programmer based in Russia managed to hack an online cloud storage account that contained over two hundred unseen photos of Harry And Meghan that had been taken by the photographer Alexi Lubomirski.
“Among the stole images were pictures of the couple sharing personal moments during their engagement photo series as well as others from their wedding day reception (including some of the Queen).
“The large set also included outtakes with eyes half closed and other unflattering moments meant for the trash can.
“The hacker leaked a handful of photos to Tumblr (photo sharing site).
“Many fans assumed they were fake, photo shopped images but behind the scenes there was concern at Kensington Palace when they received a tip about the security breach.
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“Harry and Meghan were ‘alarmed to hear that it was so easy to get such personal files of theirs’.”
Buckingham Palace only released a small number of official wedding photographs after the couple’s Windsor ceremony in May 2018.
The American fashion photographer also took the Sussexes engagement photographs in December 2017.
He described taking the pictures as “an incredible honour”.
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Finding Freedom, then new biography about the couple, was written by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
The book is packed with previously unknown details about the events leading up their decision to quit as senior members of the Royal Family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed for the book and did not contribute to it.
Instead the royal reporters interviewed people close to the couple, to dispel “the many rumours and misconceptions that plague the couple”.
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan released a statement ahead of the book’s publication, saying: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.
“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”
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