The cute family image shows Meghan holding up their giggling daughter, while smiling Harry looks on with his arm around their two-year-old son in the portrait by Alexi Lubomirski, who shot the couple’s engagement photos and the official family portraits on their wedding day.
Archie, who has inherited his dad’s red hair, is casually dressed in jeans like the rest of the family, and his face is on show unlike other images shared by Harry and Meghan, where they have only shown the youngster from behind.
The Sussexes, who are currently residing in a $14.7million mansion in Montecito, released the card to announce they’ve made a donation to several charities, including an organisation that supports Afghan families left behind after the US withdrawal .
‘This year we welcomed out daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a ‘Mama and Papa’ and Lili made us a family,’ their message read. As we look forward to 2022 we have made donations on your behalf to several organizations that honor and protect families – from those being relocated from Afhghanistan to American famiilies in need of paid parental leave
It comes as the couple prepare to spend their third Christmas outside of the UK, and away from Prince Harry’s family.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have finally shown the first photo of their daughter Lilibet Diana, six months after she was born
The couple revealed they have made a donation to a number of charities
It marks a change in for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have hidden their children’s faces in recent snaps.
Archie has also rarely been seen since the couple stepped back as senior royals in March last year, with the most recent picture of him released to mark his second birthday this May showing him with his back to the camera.
During the Oprah Winfrey interview and Prince Harry’s mental health documentary, royal fans were only be able to get a glimpse of Archie’s face.
Meanwhile royal fans were left disappointed over not seeing Archie properly after Meghan and Harry released a new picture of their son to celebrate his second birthday.
It also marks the first time royal fans have been able to see Lilibet’s face.
Meghan is thought to have revealed a grainy first photograph of her second child Lilibet after a framed picture of Prince Harry kissing a newborn baby took pride of place on her desk in a video for her 40th birthday.
Royal fans expressed their annoyance over not seeing Archie’s face again after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry released a new picture of their son to celebrate his second birthday (pictured) in May this year
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released their first Christmas card since relocating to Los Angeles earlier this year
Three further black and white photos could be seen in a connected frame in front of this, with the central one seeming to show Harry kissing a baby and one on the right potentially showing Meghan holding a young child.
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second child, was born on June 4 in Santa Barbara, California, and is eighth in line to the throne.
Lilibet was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and named after the Queen’s childhood nickname, while her middle name Diana was in tribute to Harry’s late mother.
The baby – a younger sister for the Sussexes’ two-year-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor – weighed 7lbs 11oz.
A statement from the couple’s press secretary said: ‘It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.
‘Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.
‘She weighed 7lbs 11oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.
‘Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.
The charities Harry and Meghan have donated to ‘on your behalf’
Founded in 2010, Team Rubicon is a disaster response non-profit, using the skills and experiences of veterans with first responders to develop emergency response teams. It has deployed across the US and across the World to provide humanitarian aids to areas impacted by disasters.
Welcome.US is an organisation that provide supports to welcome refugees in the US or helping resettle. It counts several high profile chairmen and chairwomen, including George W. Bush, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.
Human First Coalition
This non-profit is led by volunteers and has been helping American citizens and allies following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. It has been working hard to provide shelter for citizens who have been left behind following American forces’ withdrawal from the country this summer. It has also been focusing efforts on offering safe passage into the US for those who are still in Afghanistan.
This international organisation has been providing mental health and psychological support for refugees and victims of humanitarian crisis all around the world.
Paid Leave for All
A national US campaign fighting to bring paid family and medical leave for all working people. Meghan wore a letter in October advocating for paid leave. The extraordinary 1,030-word letter – given to supportive media to share – asked the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and the Majority Leader in the US Senate Chuck Schumer, both Democrats, to consider her plea ‘on behalf of my family, Archie and Lili and Harry’.
Pl+us is another campaign advocating for paid leave in the US. It was founded by Katie Bethell, who was named as one of the World greatest leaders by Fortuna Magazine. It works in partnership with employees, employers, consumers and investors. So far, it has won paid leave for nearly 8million working for companies like Walmart, Starbucks, CVS and more.
‘Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.
‘This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
‘The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.’
No photographs of Lilibet were released following her birth, unlike her brother Archie, who had a photocall at Windsor Castle.
Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opted to share an illustrated Christmas card – leading to some disappointed fans calling for the couple to show Archie’s face.
In the 2020 festive greeting, the couple were seen playing with Archie in the garden of their £11million ($15million) home in Montecito, along with dogs Pula and Guy. The card was a drawing of a photograph taken by Meghan’s mother Doria.
It was released via Mayhew, the London-based animal charity for which Meghan is a patron and read: ‘Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.’
A tiny Christmas tree in the picture was decorated with ornaments selected by Archie. The Mayhew tweeted the image along with a thank you for an undisclosed personal donation from the royals.
Meghan wrote in the card: ‘This year we, as a family, have made donations to several charities with you in mind. From a local California organisation that helps families transition out of homelessness, to two of our UK patronages: one that supports animal and community welfare, and the other, a memorial fund for a cherished friend that helps to educate children and fight poverty in Uganda, we have honoured their work on behalf of all of us.’
The card offered a sneak peek into the family’s home and Archie’s playhouse. A spokesman for the couple at the time said: ‘The original photo of the family was taken at their home earlier this month by the Duchess’s mother.
‘The small Christmas tree, including the homemade ornaments and other decorations, were selected by Archie, and the tree will be replanted after the holidays.’
Mayhew, which is based in Kensal Green, West London, said on its website that the money would help it ‘weather the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and enable us to reach the animals and people who are struggling’.
Caroline Yates, Mayhew’s chief executive, said: ‘We are delighted to have the Duchess of Sussex as our patron, and she has shone a huge light on our community-based animal welfare work over the last two years.
‘We were especially honoured to recently receive a personal donation from the Duke and Duchess, which will enable us to help even more cats, dogs and pet owners in need over this tough winter period.’