It was a chance encounter on Christmas Day that made UK single mum, Karen Anvil, $72,000 in a year.
She snapped a photo of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William and Duchess Catherine attending the royal Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, and even managed to get Prince Harry and Duchess Catherine smiling straight into the camera.
Sharing her photo on Twitter, the 40-year-old immediately began getting interest from publications and on the advice of a professional photographer, she sold the photo through his agency. Although it was originally taken with her phone, Karen’s photo of the royals was sold to over 50 countries and used by several international media outlets.
Nearly a year on, her photo has continued to pay her monthly dividends, with that figured estimated by The Sun to be around AU$72,000 (about £40,000) – not bad for someone with absolutely no photography experience.
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Speaking to the BBC, Karen said her earnings range anywhere from $1077 to $10,777, a month, and she’s used that money to renovate her council home, take a year off from work, pay her debts and take her daughter to Paris to celebrate her 18th birthday.
“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,” she said.