Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Shared Their First American Christmas Card

published Dec 24, 2020
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wish you a merry Christmas! They just shared their family Christmas card, and it reflects the kind of laid-back, intimate holiday we hope they get to enjoy this year.

The card was released on Twitter by Mayhew, an animal welfare organization and one of the duchess’s U.K. patronages. It features a painted version of a photo that, according to People, was taken earlier this month by Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, in the backyard of the couple’s Montecito, California home.

The image shows Meghan and Harry with a smiling 19-month-old baby Archie, whose red hair matches his dad’s, and the family dogs, Pula and Guy.

In the card, Meghan wrote:

“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 U.K. 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.”

Mayhew says the family’s donation will help support its programs, including winter care package deliveries for animals and pet owners in need, veterinary care, and therapy animal visits to care homes, hospitals, and mental health facilities.

This year will be Harry and Meghan’s first American Christmas. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’ll be a different kind of holiday for the whole royal family. According to Vogue, Queen Elizabeth won’t be hosting the traditional extended-family Christmas this year. She and Prince Philip will spend the holiday at Windsor Castle, while Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will be at their country home in Gloucester. Prince William and Kate Middleton plan to spend the day at their country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk, People reports.

Here’s to a happy holiday for all royals and non-royals alike.