Even though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex had stepped back from their roles as Royals this year, they have continued to follow a few traditions for the first Christmas together in their new home in Santa Barbara in the US. The Duke and Duchess have released a festive family card with their 18-month old son Archie as they had prepared for the celebrations.
Earlier in May this year, they had shared a video of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor reading a book with Meghan on his first birthday. Now the couple has shared their family portrait for Christmas 2020. The card which was shared to “The Mayhew Charity’s” social media accounts, attributes an artistic rendering of the family as they pose in the garden of their new home in California.
Family Christmas 2020
The Cute Christmas Card
The illustration shows Meghan, Harry, Archie, all casually dressed with Meghan reaching out an arm to Archie who was held by his dad Prince Harry, and the family’s two rescue dogs, a beagle named Guy and a black lab named Pula, in front of a small playhouse. According to a spokesperson for the family, “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 home-made ornaments and other decorations, was selected by Archie, and the tree will be replanted after the holidays.”
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Fans were super excited to see the new card and most of them were adoring Archie, one follower wrote, “what a beautiful family” whereas another one wrote,” OMG the red hair!” certainly about the cutest little one. Indeed it is a color image of Archie, unlike last year’s Christmas card which was in black and white. Some others were congratulating the animal shelter @themayhew saying that they absolutely deserved this card and the comments went so on.
The Duchess’s Statement
On Wednesday, the day before Christmas eve, Meghan shared a digital illustration as a part of a message through one of her patronages, London Animal Shelter The Mayhew. The organization’s website has shown the Duchess’s statement which reads, “this year we, as a family, have made donations to several charities with you in mind. From a local California organization that helps families transition out of homelessness, of 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 poetry in Uganda, we have honored their work on behalf of all of us.”
Harry and Meghan stepped back from the Royal duties in March this year, after releasing a statement in early January 2020 about their plans to become financially independent. Meghan and Harry were unable to join the Royal family for the holidays in California due to the Corona-virus pandemic, but they celebrated at home in Montecito. Reports say they have already exchanged gifts with Kate Middleton and Prince William. After finishing out their last engagements in the UK, the Sussexes moved to the US.
The New Home in Montecito
The Sussexes had moved on their own back in July this year, into a nine-bedroom, 16 bathroom estate in Montecito, which is a small community in Santa Barbara. The house cost $14.7 million and has come equipped with a children’s cottage among its many facilities. Archie was always “best friends” with the family’s pets according to the reports. They are so happy in their new house and can’t wait to make it a real home. When the Duke and Duchess celebrated Archie’s first birthday, Meghan had announced that she had donated funds for a new kennel to the Mayhew in his name as a birthday gift.
What is the couple planning to do next?
Now that they are on their own officially, the couple has some big plans and good news coming up. The couple recently launched their own website for their forthcoming charitable organization “Archewell”, and it was officially confirmed this summer that Harry and Meghan have set up their own production company too. They have now signed a deal with Netflix. Yes, the couple is soon to appear on the screens.
The Duchess has made it clear that she does not plan to return to acting post-Suits. Their TV and film pursuits seem to reflect Netflix’s push for more social justice-themed programming. Markle has a history of speaking up for racial and gender equality. Netflix says that the content of the couple’s programming will highlight “issues that resonate with them,” as well as those that their non-profit is focused on.
“Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, and shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope,” the couple shares. Netflix also noted that the Duke and Duchess are committed to highlighting diverse voices through their work, as well as using “diverse hiring practices for the key roles they are actively filling at their production company.”
The couple is reportedly developing an animated series focused on “inspiring women.” Last week, Netflix released Rising Phoenix, a documentary about the Paralympic Games, in which Prince Harry appears. The couple is also launching their own podcast series “Archewell Audio” with Spotify and released a teaser with the fans showing a preview on the same, last week.