Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just posed for their first magazine cover together

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Prince Harry (who is 37 years old today) and his wife, Meghan Markle, have broken royal tradition and posed for their first magazine cover together as a couple. In the striking image, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stand side by side for TIME (as part of their TIME 100 list), in what has been deemed a celebration of them as "equal partners".

The bold cover is a break for traditional royal norms, as whilst other members of the Royal Family have appeared on the front of various publications (case in point: Kate Middleton's, the Duchess of Cambridge, now iconic Vogue spread), none - at least not in recent years - have taken on a profile slot as a twosome.

Accompanying the new images of the couple is a write up by José Andrés which praises the Sussexes for using their platform, power and privilege to create real change in the world, notably through their charitable organisation, Archewell.

The images, which were taking by leading photographer Pari Dukovic, show the couple in a variety of settings, with the cover having a garden backdrop.

Dukovic has shared three shots on Instagram, writing, "This portrait sitting marks the first time the world-famous couple has formally posed together for a magazine cover shoot."

In another picture, Meghan and Harry can be seen looking blissfully happy whilst holding hands and strolling through a garden together. It's not clear where the outdoor spot is located, but it could well be the same area that they shot their birth announcement photos when letting the world know they were preparing to welcome a second child, Lilibet Diana, into the world:

Finally, Dukovic has posted an portrait of the pair inside, stood in front of a window, with the same trees outside just visible:

Trees appear to be somewhat symbolic to the couple, as during her recent 40th birthday video, Meghan Markle is asked by comic actor Melissa McCarthy whether she'll be celebrating with "another photoshoot under a tree where you're looking very peaceful?"

To this, Meghan then, seemingly giving an insight into her new life in California, replies, "Peaceful under a tree is me every day."

The Duke and Duchess were tended to by some of Hollywood's most elite during the photoshoot for TIME, with make-up artist Linda Hay (who took care of the likes of Emily Ratajkowski for the recent Met Gala) and Kirsten Dunst's go-to stylists 'Nina & Clare'.

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