20 Times Meghan Markle Was Anything but Camera-Ready

20 Times Meghan Markle Was Anything but Camera-Ready
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There's no two ways about it: Meghan Markle always looks flawless and like she's ready to partake in a Vogue photo shoot at a moment's notice. But still, that doesn't mean she's always ready for the camera. Sure, she must be mostly aware of the fact that photographers are going to be snapping away whenever she's out in public, but with everything she has on her plate, how could looking perfect for each and every picture be at the forefront of her brain all the time? 

While it's incredibly difficult (impossible?) for the Duchess of Sussex to look bad in a photo, it's not uncommon to see her sort of oblivious of the fact that there's a camera in her face -- and that makes us love her even more. 

Because she arrived in London with Hollywood starlet roots, it's no surprise that, when the occasion calls for it, Meghan can work it for the cameras. (See her engagement photos and pretty much every photo taken of her at the royal wedding.) In fact, if we may be so bold, we'd go as far as to say that Meghan is the most photogenic member of the royal family. That said, every so often a photographer gets a shot of the duchess where she's just not ready. (But yes, she still looks amazing.)

At the end of the day, duchesses are people, too, and nobody's ready for the camera 24/7. Sorry, that's not how it works -- even for royals. From complete oblivion that a photographer's a foot from her face to it momentarily slipping her mind that there's a gaggle of people clamoring to get a shot of her, here are 20 times Meghan Markle wasn't ready for the camera. 

  • I Need a Moment 

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    When you're trying to have a moment, but the cameras are up in your face. Even though she totally doesn't look ready to have her picture taken, we're still in awe that her eye shadow is 100 percent on point.

  • That Commonwealth Day Moment 

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    Clearly Meghan was unaware of cameras when she and Prince Harry chuckled after Liam Payne's performance at the Commonwealth Day service. Inside joke anyone?

  • Surprise!

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    Did Meghan run into someone she knows? Or was she just shocked by the bazillion people clamoring to see her? Either way, she wasn't focused on the cameras, that's for sure!

  • Ooooh!

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    Whether Meghan knew she was being photographed or not, one thing is for sure: Her highlighter game was on point. 

  • Heads Up!

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    Who has time to think about the cameras when they're focusing on their jump shot? Maybe she was worried about looking as effortlessly sporty as her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton on the court? Meghan is definitely more of a yoga gal.

  • Mid-Bite

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    It's hard to look good in photos when you're eating something, even when you're Meghan Markle. Hey, a girl has got to eat though, especially when in Morocco, sampling traditional recipes that were made especially for you!

  • Move, Please

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    Who can be focused on smiling when they're trying to make a break for it? She has places to go and people to see -- Meghan doesn't have time to stop and pose for the cameras every single time.

  • Wait a Minute ... 

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    We're not sure if Meghan isn't ready for the camera here or so ready for the camera here. She's smiling, but it's a bit of an unsure smile. And she clearly doesn't know what to do with her hands for the moment.

  • In Other News ... 

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    It's a proven fact that nobody is "camera-ready" when they're mid-kiss. Talk about an awkward photo -- maybe it was an awkward moment too? Or this guy had bad breath? We'll probably never know.

  • Say What Now?

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    Whatever it is Prince Harry just said to his very pregnant wife on Commonwealth Day, it clearly wasn't what she was expecting. She definitely doing a double-take, and has clearly forgotten that she's being photographed. 

  • When You're Trying to Have a Private Moment With Your Boo ... 

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    But the cameras are still up in your face. She's clearly ready to get the heck out of there and just enjoy some time with her hubby -- with no cameras around.

  • Ugghhh

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    When Meghan went to Wimbledon with Kate Middleton this year, she wasn't feeling the paparazzi. Maybe all the stress of trying to make nice when the media is obsessed with their rumored feud? It must take a lot of mental energy to deal with.

  • Focused on Archie

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    Meghan clearly was more focused on her 2-month-old son than on the paparazzi cameras when she took baby Archie to Prince Harry's charity polo game in July. It was the little guy's first public outing, and she did not have time, patience, or energy for the cameras.

  • A Bit Overwhelmed

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    In one of Meghan's first public appearances after giving birth to baby Archie, she accepted a little baseball jersey for him from the New York Yankees, who were playing the Boston Red Sox in London's first ever Major League Baseball game.

  • Fashion Disaster

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    We're normally huge fans of Meghan's sense of style, but she should've never left the house in this muumuu of a dress. Nothing about this shapeless nightgown of a dress is camera-ready at all.

  • Couple Moment 

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    It's hard to imagine Harry and Meghan didn't see the cameras in their faces here, but obviously they didn't care. 

  • 'Turn Around'

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    At Trooping the Colour 2019, Prince Harry infamously instructed his wife to "turn around" while standing for a photo op on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Maybe the lack of sleep with having a newborn was getting to him? 

  • The Home Stretch

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    We don't blame Meghan a bit for not being camera-ready during her last public appearance before giving birth to baby Archie in May. Plus it was a somber occasion, as she and Harry visited New Zealand House in London to sign a book of condolences after a terror attack in the country.

  • Living Her Life 

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    Fixing her hair, not looking at the camera, holding a tiny stuffed animal -- sometimes a duchess has just gotta live her life. 

  • Over It

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    Over traveling, over being pregnant, over the cameras -- whatever it was, Meghan had had enough the moment this pic was snapped while on a trip to Morocco. Get this woman a cup of tea and stool to put her feet up on, stat.

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