The intimate images were leaked on Instagram and Twitter, according to the Sun. Hundreds of snaps taken by aristocrat Alexi Lubomirski in May last year were distributed. A royal source said: “Security was compromised.”
Personal black and white photos taken on the special day of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were exposed on social media.
They started to appear under the tag “preview”, according to the Sun.
Mr Lubomirski, who is a Polish nobleman, was the official photographer on the big day last spring.
He was also selected in December 2017 to take the couple’s official engagement photos at Frogmore House in Windsor on the estate where they would soon relocate to start their own family on the Queen’s recommendation.
Describing the wedding day shoot, Mr Lubomirski: “Every time Harry or Meghan would talk, one would look at the other and there would be this little sparkle, this little giggle, a little nudge of the elbow and it was so cute.
“They get in their own little world.”
The aristocrat was alerted to the security breach and made aware of the hackers who had disseminated the images without permission.
A royal source said: “There was an online compromise.
“Pictures were hacked then leaked.
“There was an internal investigation but police weren’t involved.
“The situation has now been contained.”
Both a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman for Harry and Meghan and Mr Lubomirski’s agent declined to comment to the Sun last night.
News of the shocking hack comes as Meghan Markle is due to appear for the Queen’s annual Trooping the Colour ceremony today in what will be her first official public appearance since the birth of her son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Much to the delight of royal fans, baby Louis is also expected to be there to make his first public appearance on the Palace balcony.
Trooping the Colour sees 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians parade to mark the sovereign’s official birthday.
It’s a tradition dating back 260 years.
The Royal Family website says: “The streets are lined with crowds waving flags as the parade moves from Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, alongside Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.
“The display closes with an RAF fly-past, watched by members of the royal family from Buckingham Palace balcony.”