Meghan Markle Christmas card latest: Fans gush as Prince Harry & Duchess smile at Lilibet Diana while Archie looks on

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have released their official 2021 Christmas card and it gives the world our first glimpse of baby Lilibet.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stuck with their tradition of unveiling the card on December 23rd but it came slightly earlier in the day than it has in recent years.

This year Meghan and Harry's second child Lilibet Diana is featured in an adorable scene.

Lilibet is seen giggling as Meghan holds her aloft while Archie and Harry sit along side them smiling along.

Archie looks the spitting image of his dad Harry as he is seen wearing a smart white shirt with a full head of red hair.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    What did the Queen do last Christmas?

    Last year, the Queen and Philip also spent the Christmas period at Windsor.

    The head of state normally hosts her family at Sandringham in Norfolk over the holidays, and they are watched by crowds as they attend church on December 25.

    It has not yet been confirmed where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be spending Christmas.

    The news follows the Queen's cancellation of her traditional pre-Christmas lunch with her extended family, which had been scheduled for Tuesday.

    She has spent much of this year at Windsor Castle, where she and Philip remained after Christmas as they shielded throughout the lockdowns.

    The 95-year-old monarch lost the duke, her husband of more than 73 years, on April 9, with his funeral held within the castle's confines during coronavirus restrictions.

    In October this year, the Queen was admitted to hospital overnight for preliminary investigations and ordered by her doctors to rest.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Charles and Camilla to join Queen on Xmas Day

    The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be with the Queen on Christmas Day, a Clarence House spokesman has said.

    The Queen will be staying at Windsor for her first Christmas without her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh, rather than travelling to Sandringham as usual.

    But she will be joined by members of her family over the festive period, including a visit from Charles and Camilla on Christmas Day.

    A spokesperson from Kensington Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meanwhile will be spending Christmas in Norfolk and will be joined by some members of the Middleton family.

    The Queen took the decision to remain at Windsor as a "precautionary" measure following rising Covid-19 case numbers.

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    Continued…

    The duchess said the country had been through "such a bleak time" and had faced "many challenges", including the loss of loved ones, while frontline workers had been under "immense pressure".

    She added that while people had been "more emotionally and socially distanced and isolated from each other", this separation had helped people to realise "how much we need each other" and the importance of acts of kindness.

    She praised the "many inspirational individuals" within the congregation at her community carol service, which was attended by those recognised as unsung heroes for their community work, and said they were owed "a huge debt of gratitude".

    Led by the duchess, and supported by The Royal Foundation, the service was attended by those Kate and William had spent time with during recent engagements, as well as members of the armed forces involved in Operation Pitting, young carers, faith leaders and those who may have been more vulnerable or isolated during the pandemic.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate praises 'inspirational heroes' during the pandemic

    The Duchess of Cambridge has paid tribute to the "inspirational" people who have served their communities during the "bleak time" of the pandemic as she introduced a community carol service at Westminster Abbey.

    In a recorded introduction to the service, which took place at Westminster Abbey on December 8 and will air as Royal Carols: Together At Christmas at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve on ITV, the duchess said she and her husband wanted to recognise those whose struggles may have been "less visible" during the pandemic.

    Kate said: "We wanted to say a huge thank you to all those amazing people out there who have supported their communities.

    "We also wanted to recognise those whose struggles perhaps have been less visible too," she added.

    The duchess said the country had been through "such a bleak time" and had faced "many challenges", including the loss of loved ones, while frontline workers had been under "immense pressure".

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kate & William WON'T spend Xmas Day with the Queen

    KATE and William will not spend Christmas at Windsor Castle with the Queen and rest of the family.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their children George, Charlotte and Louis, will be in Norfolk, and joined by members of the Middleton family.

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    Harry & Meghan made donations 'on your behalf'

    Harry and Meghan said they had made donations "on your behalf to several organisations that honour and protect families – from those being relocated from Afghanistan, to American families in need of paid parental leave."

    The organisations include Team Rubicon, Welcome.US, Human First Coalition, Humanity Crew, Paid Leave For All, PL+US and Marshall Plan for Moms.

    The couple wish supporters a "happy holiday season and a prosperous new year, from our family to yours", though they do not reference Christmas in the card.

    Harry and Meghan met with Team Rubicon, a disaster relief charity staffed by veteran volunteers, earlier in the year during a visit to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

    They visited Task Force Liberty, home to 10,000 Afghan refugees being housed at the US military base.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Thanksgiving service for Prince Philip planned for this Spring

    A service of thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh will take place next year.

    Buckingham Palace said the service will be held at Westminster Abbey in London in the spring.

    It is understood the date will be confirmed in due course and the guestlist is being finalised.

    It is thought it will consist of family, friends, dignitaries and representatives of the charities and organisations which Philip was associated with.

    Philip, the Queen's husband of 74 years, died aged 99 in April.

    His funeral was held during the pandemic and complied with coronavirus restrictions within the confines of Windsor Castle.

    Thames Valley Police warned people to stay away due to the strict coronavirus guidance that was in place at the time.

    Only a few people were present in the town during the morning of the funeral, however, hundreds congregated outside the castle to pay their respects to him later in the day as he was laid to rest at St George's Chapel.

  • Joseph Gamp

    What does Meg & Harry's photographer think of the snap?

    Photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who snapped the photograph at the couple's Santa Barbara home in California, described his work on Instagram as "one of those rare and special projects, that one is fortunate enough to be a part of".

    Mr Lubomirski said he had first photographed Meghan and Harry as an engaged couple, and then on their wedding day and as a married couple.

    He said that "now seeing their love manifest into two beautiful children" had been a "delightful honour".

    "To be trusted by your subjects enough, to open themselves up and have their connection documented and translated into an image, is one of the greatest gifts a photographer can have," he said.

    "This day with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was one such joyous experience, and one that I feel extremely privileged to have been invited to capture.

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    Harry & Meghan smiles as daughter Lilibet as Archie looks on

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have sent their best wishes to supporters in a message featuring the first publicly-released photograph of their baby daughter Lilibet.

    The card shows Harry and Meghan smiling at Lilibet as the duchess holds her aloft, while their son Archie sits on his father's knee.

    The couple wishes supporters "happy holidays" in the card, which was sent via email through the Archewell charity they co-founded in 2020.

    A message alongside the photo reads: "This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world.

    "Archie made us a 'Mama' and a 'Papa', and Lili made us a family."

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    ‘Regal’ Kate Middleton behaves ‘just like Queen’ (Continued…)

    Judi continued to say: “Whereas the Queen and Kate will tend to keep their hands held low to their torsos to allow themselves to be as visible and possible, Camilla will often create barriers to ‘hide’ behind, like her use here of the small bouquet of flowers that she holds chest and nearly face high as she chats to her hosts. 

    “Her smile might be non-regal but it projects high signals of warmth, with crinkling around the eyes and a pulling of the lips to suggest a desire for empathy and even sympathy. 

    “Camilla might not stand out at a royal gathering but she seems to use her body language to make her mark on more of a one-to-one basis, where she can look friendly and approachable.”

    Continuing on Kate, Judi said that: “Kate’s body language signals manage to blend a very elegant air of regality, specialness and status with a more respectful approach that at time entails some deliberate mirroring and even status-lowering to help bond with the public. 

    “While The Queen and Camilla appear to adhere to their own personal style, Kate is much more flexible and modern, moving between ‘regal’ and ‘down-to-earth/natural’ depending on what is needed at any time.” 

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘Regal’ Kate Middleton behaves ‘just like Queen’

     Body language expert Judi James has compared Kate Middleton to Camilla Parker Bowles and how their style is different in public.

    Judi said: “The Queen’s body language is as unique as her role and her status. 

    “She uses space to help create her royal aura and her deliberate trait of dressing in bold, block colours to stand out would add to this idea of specialness.”

    For Camilla, Judi said: “With a perilous route into the Royal Family at the highest level, Camilla’s body language signals have always been in almost direct contrast to the Queen’s and would be defined as ‘actively self-effacing and low-key’.

    “Camilla’s body language signals tend to hint at a subliminal desire to hide and to keep away from the spotlight.” 

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    Downing Street: 'Likely' PM's audience with Queen to go virtual

    Downing Street said it was likely the Prime Minister's audiences with the Queen would move to being virtual.

    Asked whether Boris Johnson would continue to meet the Queen in person, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "That will be a matter for the royal family.

    "I'm not aware of them not being… I think they will probably be moved virtually but that'll be a matter for the palace."

  • Milica Cosic

    Meghan & Harry ‘celebrate freedom' with ‘idyllic’ Xmas card

    According to a body language expert, the Duke and Duchess' new Christmas card reveals they are "celebrating" their newfound freedom and putting their "painful" past behind them.

    Speaking to Fabulous, body language expert Judi James said everything from the styling of the shoot to the couple's poses reflect how content they are in their new lives in California.

    The expert said: "This is such an idyllic and even ‘back to basics’ depiction of happiness and contentment from Meghan and Harry."

    Judi claims Harry and Meghan have purposefully referenced their first public appearance together back in 2017 – where the then-Suits star wore a pair of ripped jeans.

    She continued: "[It shows] them styled in the same, emphatically casual way that they were when they first presented to the world as a couple at the Invictus games – when Meghan famously wore the ripped denim jeans that the couple and their son are wearing here.

    "It makes the pose look like a celebration of freedom as much as the couple’s joy as a family of four."

    Read the article in full here.

  • Milica Cosic

    A service of thanksgiving for Prince Philip

    The Queen will make a service of thanksgiving to honour Prince Philip can take place next year.

    She has agreed that the event celebrating the Duke of Edinburgh's life and achievements will take place in Spring at Westminster Abbey.

    The congregation will include family, friends and dignitaries with further details to be announced soon.

    Representatives from the charities and organisations Prince Philip was associated with will also be in attendance.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen's Xmas speech

    It will be her first since the death of her beloved Prince Philip – who died in April at the age of 99.

    The speech is likely to reflect on her dear late husband, as well as the ongoing strength of the nation during the pandemic.

    She’ll be surrounded by her closest family in time for Christmas Eve, according to reports.

    Palace aides are also exploring options for the monarch to appear in public over the next two weeks to wish the country a happy Christmas, reports the Mail.

  • Milica Cosic

    Inside Meghan & Harry's Xmas card

    The card was released with the sweet message: "This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world.

    “Archie made us a ‘Mama’ and a ‘Papa’, and Lili made us a family.”

    The card continued: "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 Afghanistan, to American families in need of paid parental leave: Team Rubicon, Welcome.US, Human First Coalition, Humanity Crew & Paid Leave For All, PL+US, Marshall Plan for Moms.

    "Wishing you a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year, from our family to yours! As ever, Harry, Meghan, Archie & Lili".

  • Milica Cosic

    The first photo of Lilibet

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex beamed as they showed off their little girl for the first time since she was born six months ago in the adorable family photo.

    In the holiday photo, taken by their wedding photographer Alexi Lubomirski, Meghan can be seen raising a giggling Lilibet – who was named after the Queen – in the air.

    Meanwhile Harry, in ripped jeans and no shoes, laughs as he cuddles their son Archie, two.

    Lilibet, who was born in June this year, wore a gorgeous white smock as she beamed at her parents and brother.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen urged to hand over the throne

    Royal commentator Sarah Vine has insisted the monarch should hand the reins over to Prince Charles and enjoy retirement.

    Speaking to Palace Confidential on Mail+, Ms Vine said: “She could just retire and hand over to Charles.

    “She doesn’t have to die to do that, does she?

    “She could just say, ‘I’m still Queen’. That’s what I think would be the sensible thing.

    “I think he would have the chance to establish himself under her watchful eye and we’ll all get used to the idea.

    “And when she very sadly does die, it will be a very sad event but it won’t be a catastrophic headache.”

  • Milica Cosic

    BREAKING: Meghan & Harry reveal first glimpse of Lilibet

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have revealed the first glimpse of baby Lilibet in a sweet family Christmas card.

    The Sussexes gleamed in the first picture of the foursome – with Meghan holding her daughter and Harry with his arm around Archie.

    The card read: "This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world.

    “Archie made us a ‘Mama’ and a ‘Papa’, and Lili made us a family.”

  • Milica Cosic

    A more ‘formal’ Xmas celebration with Harry & Meghan

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will still find a way to celebrate the festive season with The Queen, an expert has claimed.

    Earlier this month, royal correspondent Neil Sean discussed how the Royal Family will be marking Christmas this year on his YouTube channel.

    Neil claimed: “There will be some gifts but it will be very formal.

    “[The Queen] is far too gracious to be childish and not include [Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the gift package.”

    However, the expert said the gift opening would take place at “a distance” and NOT over Zoom calls.

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince William ‘will do what his granny asks’

    The Queen reportedly asked Prince William to stop flying in helicopters with the rest of his family over safety fears.

    And the Duke of Cambridge will likely follow his grandmother’s advice, according to royal commentator Russell Myers.

    Speaking to ITV’s This Morning, Mr Myers said: “There’s an old age rule that members of the Royal Family don’t travel together and the reason is because if disaster did strike, you would potentially have the line of succession absolutely obliterated.

    “The Queen has apparently had a quiet heard in William’s ear and said, ‘it’s about time to take your hand of the controls, split the family up when you are travelling whether it’s up to Norfolk or abroad’.

    “The reason is if with the Cambridge, unfortunately, tragedy did happen, we would see Prince Harry having to come back and take the line of succession.

    “Obviously that would be quite a hot potato with the Sussexes leaving the Royal Family and setting up home in America.

    “He’ll do what his granny asks him, I’m sure.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Fears Harry and Meghan could RULE UK

    THE Queen has been urged to take action “straight away” over fears Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could become the next in line to the throne.

    Over the weekend, numerous sources claimed the Queen has “told William to stop flying his family in helicopters” as she is “terrified” of an accident that could affect the line of succession.

    This would therefore mean it would put Prince Harry directly next in line.

    Royal biographer Angela Levin, who has met and interviewed Prince Harry previously, said: “Action should be taken straight away.”

    Taking to Twitter she told her 23 thousand followers: “The thought of H or it would be M taking the throne is ………..!”

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen ‘wants to set example’

    A royal expert has claimed that The Queen wants to set an “example” for the country and could break a Royal Family Christmas tradition this year, especially following the rising number of Omicron cases.

    Royal commentator Richard Eden told Palace Confidential: “She wants to set an example and she wants to set a good example but everything’s very difficult at the moment.

    “People can catch this new variant of the virus even if they’ve been vaccinated and so it might be possible they don’t walk to church because they don’t want to attract crowds even though they’re outdoors.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen will stay at Windsor Castle for second year

    The monarch will stay at Windsor Castle for the second year running.

    It will also be her first Christmas without her late husband Prince Philip, who died in April aged 99.

    Last Christmas was the first in 32 years that Her Majesty had not been at Sandringham for the holiday as she spent the big day shielding at Windsor with the Duke of Edinburgh.

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    Queen 'disappointed' not to see Princess Anne at Xmas

    A spokesman said: “The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be with Her Majesty The Queen on Christmas Day.”

    Royal expert Angela Levin says the Queen will be "disappointed" that Anne will not be able to join the festive gathering.

    She tweeted: "The Queen will be disappointed not to see Princess Anne at Windsor because he husband Sir Timothy has tested positive for Covid. 

    "Anne is very dutiful and the offspring most like the late Prince Philip. Same sense of humour, same attitude. Hopefully he will recover soon."

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