Mum who snapped THAT Sandringham snap reveals she’s earned £40kDecember 21, 2018
Single mother who snapped THAT photo of the ‘fab four’ at Sandringham reveals she’s made £40k from the snap – allowing her to revamp her home, quit work for a year AND clear her debts
- Karen Anvil, 40, snapped a photo of Harry, Meghan, William and Kate last year
- The ‘fab four’ were strolling into church at Sandringham on Christmas morning
- Ms Anvil revealed she has earned £40,000 from the photo in the last year
- Money has allowed her to clear debts, quit work for a year and revamp her home
The single mother who took the now-famous photo of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan on Christmas Day revealed she has made £40,000 from the snap.
Karen Anvil, 40, was one of hundreds who braved the cold to get a glimpse of the royal family as they walked to St Mary Magdalene Church, on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk on 25 December last year.
After screaming to attract attention, Ms Anvil, who had two jobs at the time, snapped a candid picture of the ‘fab four’ that was quickly distributed to publications around the world.
Over the last year, royalties have brought Ms Anvil a regular monthly income of between £600 and £6,000 – and she said she’s earned enough money to clear her debts, take a year off work and ‘do up’ her council house.
Money maker! The single mother who took this world-famous photo of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan at Sandringham last year revealed she has made £40,000 from the snap
Royal fan: Karen Anvil, left, had been waiting in the crowd with daughter Rachel, right, in the hope of catching a glimpse of the royals on their way into church on Christmas morning
Describing the experience as ‘like a lottery win’, Ms Anvil, of Norfolk, told the BBC: ‘The biggest change for me was that it was so nice to go shopping at Tesco and not be worried about whether I’ve got the cash in the bank.’
One of the first purchases she made was a bed, having slept on a mattress on the floor for 18 months.
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Ms Anvil had been waiting outside the church with daughter Rachel in the hope of catching a glimpse of the royals on their way in.
Photographers from around the world jostled for position to capture a photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the then newly engaged Harry and Meghan – but it was Ms Anvil who trumped them all.
Prime position: Ms Anvil, pictured third from left in a blue coat, waited with daughter Rachel, seen on her left, in the hope of seeing the royals. She snapped a photo as they walked past
By ‘screaming like a fan girl’, Ms Anvil was able to draw looks from both Kate, 36, and Harry, 34, who are both smiling staring straight at her lens in the shot.
Meanwhile William, 36, and Meghan, 37, are striding ahead with broad smiles on their faces.
She uploaded the photo and by 5pm that day it had gone viral. It has since been sold to publications in countries around the world, with requests from Japan, the US, Canada, Spain and Italy all coming through.
In a tweet earlier this year, Ms Anvil told how she had spoken to Prince Harry about the photo when she met the royal during a walkabout in Birmingham.
She wrote: ‘Got to speak to Meghan today! Also shook Prince Harry’s hand and asked him if he liked the Xmas photo! He said he hoped I made lots of money from it! I’m absolutely buzzing!’
The proud mother previously said some of the money will go towards her daughter’s education.
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