A couple from Victoria were spending New Year’s Day at nearby Horth Hill Regional Park, kicking off the first day of 2020 with a picnic and a hike. And because this wasn’t the pair’s first rodeo, they were equipped with a selfie stick to capture photos of themselves basking in all the gorgeous scenery around them. But sometimes a selfie stick isn’t enough and an actual human taking the pics makes for better photos. So they’re lucky Duchess Meghan was around.
Asymina Kantorowicz and Iliya Pavlovic had just finished eating when they noticed a group of people nearby with two dogs, one of which was walking over to them. At the time they were looking at the pics they had just taken when one woman from the group followed the puppers and approached them. “She starts asking if we want her to take a photo for us,” Kantorowicz told CTV News Vancouver Island. “We said sure. I didn’t see who she was at that time.” She did, however, recognize another member of the group: actress Abigail Spencer, who happens to be one of Meghan’s closest friends and is best known to fans for her roles on Grey’s Anatomy, True Detective and Suits. Wait. Suits! And that’s when it may have hit Kantorowicz, the realization that the woman offering to take their photo was Rachel Zane, er, Meghan Markle, er, the Duchess of Sussex.
“I froze up. I actually couldn’t believe who it was,” she recalled. And if she wasn’t certain at the moment, Kantorowicz then looked around and noticed Prince Harry standing to the side. “I kept looking back and forth like, ‘Is this actually happening?'” But she and Pavlovic were clear-minded just enough and were able to compose themselves and pose for the pic. “In that moment the only thing I could think to say, ‘There’s only so much that selfie sticks can do,'” Kantorowicz recalled. “She laughed and responded with something like, ‘We’ll have to do better,’ and then Harry said, ‘No pressure.'”
According to Kantorowicz, who described the Duchess as “super-friendly,” Meghan took three photos of them before returning to her group and their two dogs.
“She handed the phone back and said, ‘Happy New Year!’ and we said, ‘Thanks and Happy New Year!” said Kantorowicz. “Then we kind of turned to each other laughed and said, ‘Did that just happen?’ I still can’t believe it. It feels like a dream.”
She continued: “We really appreciated that she stopped to take a photo for us. We would not have recognized them had they not approached us.” Though perhaps the security detail would’ve eventually been a dead giveaway.
And while Kantorowicz nor Pavlovic didn’t want to make a big deal about it, she admitted they both called their moms to tell them all about the experience, adding, “We hope they’re enjoying their family trip to the island.”
Moral of the story? Next time you see a couple of group struggling to find the perfect angle for a pic, or you see one person not included because they’re taking the photo, be like Meg and step in and offer your services. She gets it.