Prince Harry and Meghan Markle release first photo of Lilibet on Christmas card
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The long-awaited first photography of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new daughter has finally been released on their Christmas card.
Harry and Meghan have chosen the festive season to show their daughter to the world, months after she was born in June this year.
The card shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Lilibet and her big brother Archie posing for a lovely family portrait for the first time.
This is the first time Lilibet has been seen since she was born on June 4 this year at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
On their Archewell website, the card was posted with a message that read: "Happy holidays from our Archewell Family to yours."
The card also highlighted the charities the couple work with and added: "In your honour, Archewell has made donations this year to several organisations working tirelessly to uplift families around the world."
Last year, Harry and Meghan shared their first US Christmas card following their move to California.
The card showed Harry and Meghan with Archie playing with the couple’s two dogs, Pula and Guy, at the family's home in Montecito.
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The photo was taken by Meghan's mum Doria Ragland and was edited into a 'painting' style.
A royal expert had predicted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would use a photo of Lilibet on their Christmas card.
Expert Neil Sean made the prediction after stating the release of a photo of Lilibet on the card would be for “maximum impact”.
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He also stated that Harry and Meghan ‘noticed’ a decline in the interest in their daughter.
Prior to the release of the card, Sean claimed: “They feel and their advisers feel that if they do release a picture, they will be invading their own privacy, something they've rallied against.
“For me, I think this is ridiculous. If they were to put a picture on social media, a lot of people would be pleased to see the child, they're all interested but as each month passes, interest diminishes.
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"They're now looking for an opportunity to introduce Lilibet Diana to the world. As we know, we haven't seen a Christmas card but perhaps they're waiting for maximum impact."
Prince Harry and Meghan are expected to celebrate at home in the US, while other members of the Royal Family spend it with the Queen at Sandringham.
However, recent reports suggest many of the usual traditions could be cancelled following fears over Omicron.
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Royal Family
- Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
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