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Mother Who Took Royal Photo At Sandringham House Says It Has Changed Her Life

Karen Anvil

A single mother who took the Christmas snapshot of the royal “fab four” said taking the photograph has changed her life.

Karen Anvil, from Watlington, Norfolk went to Sandringham House on Christmas day with her daughter Rachel to get a glimpse of the royal family as they greeted the awaiting crowd.

By chance, Anvil was able to take a picture of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, all adorning flashing smiles.

The photograph, which was taken on an iPhone SE, has been sought out by 50 publications around the world for rights to use the image, including the U.S., Canada, Spain, Italy, and Japan, BBC reports.

Anvil said she originally planned to distribute the picture for free, until she realized its worth.

"My phone will ring at work and I have to say to my colleagues, 'oh it's just my agent,’” Anvil said. "Obviously they think it's hilarious, but I feel so silly."

“There’s a picture of me and Rachel in Hello [magazine] too – that’s the one I was happiest about. It couldn’t get any better than that,” she added.

According to TMZ, the picture has raked in about $6,700, with the final number still to be calculated.

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And she already knows how she’ll be spending the dough.

Anvil - who works two jobs – said by taking the photograph that will “form part of history,” is making it easier for her to provide for her daughter.

"I'm a single mum, so I welcome this boost for us,” Anvil said. "This photo will form part of history, and any parent would take this opportunity to provide for their children."

The amateur photographer said she’ll use the money to help her daughter out at university so she won’t be forced to get an extra job.

Anvil also said she plans on buying Rachel a car, after she completes her driving lessons.

"I've booked her driving lessons and I'm going to help her get a car which will be essential for her work as a nurse - I never thought I'd be able to do that."

Finally, after getting her first passport, the two are planning a trip to the U.S. at the end of the year to celebrate Rachel’s 18th birthday in style.

"The money will just help me pay for things, so she can make loads of memories with me before she goes off to start her adult life," Anvil said.

But don’t worry, as the pair will be back in England just in time for next year’s Christmas.

"I'm definitely going back to Sandringham next Christmas - we want to see Royal babies!"

What would you do with the money if you took the iconic picture of the “fab four?”

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