Harry and Meghan offer rare glimpse at Archie in Christmas card

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared their first Christmas card since they relocated their family to California this year.

The card shows the couple playing with their son Archie, 19 months, who appears to have taken after his father with his bright red hair.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have offered a rare glimpse of their son Archie in their new Christmas card. Photo: Getty
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have offered a rare glimpse of their son Archie in their new Christmas card. Photo: Getty

The family is pictured on the grounds of their $14.7 million home in Montecito, alongside their dogs Pula and Guy.

The card was released by Mayhew, the UK animal charity for which Meghan is a patron.

The charity took to Instagram to share the card.

"We’re thrilled to receive wonderful Christmas wishes from our Patron, The Duchess of Sussex,” the wrote.

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"The Duke and Duchess have also made a personal donation, helping us continue to be there for the dogs, cats and people in our community this winter and beyond. From all of us at Mayhew, two and four-legged, thank you and Merry Christmas."

On Mayhew's website, they also shared a special Christmas message from Meghan.

"This year we, as a family, have made donations to several charities with you in mind,” the post read.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared their first Christmas card since they relocated their family to California this year. Instagram/TheMayhew
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared their first Christmas card since they relocated their family to California this year. Instagram/TheMayhew

"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."

A spokesperson for the couple said the photo was taken by Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland.

"The original photo of the family was taken at their home earlier this month by The Duchess's mother,” they said.

"The small Christmas tree, including the homemade ornaments and other decorations, were selected by Archie, and the tree will be replanted after the holidays."

Fans were quick to comment on the post, full of praise for the couple and their charity work.

"I love this beautiful card!!" one wrote.

"Omg the red hair!!" another excited fan added.

"I love how unique this card is," someone else wrote.

"OMG!" another said. "Look how big he is!"

"Archie is looking like a little boy now," one user commented.

It comes after the couple announced they signed a deal with Spotify to release their own podcast called Archewell Audio.

Harry and Meghan have attempted to shield Archie from the press as much as possible since he was born. Photo: Getty
Harry and Meghan have attempted to shield Archie from the press as much as possible since he was born. Photo: Getty

In a trailer for the podcast, Meghan asks Harry to say ‘Archewell Audio’ because she’s a fan of his pronuciation.

“No, say it, cos I think it sounds really nice in your accent,” she implores.

After he says it, she replies, “I mean...”

They then introduce themselves as Harry and Meghan, before explaining they wanted to start the podcast because they love hearing people’s stories.

“No matter what the story, they usually offer you an understanding of where someone else is coming from,” Meghan says.

“And at the same time, remind you in some way of a story about yourself.”

Harry adds that the project’s goal is to amplify otherwise unheard voices.

“And that’s what this project is all about. To bring forward different perspectives and voices that perhaps you haven’t heard before, and find our common ground.”

Meghan said kindness and compassion would underlie everything they do with Archewell Audio, adding that it’s something they saw throughout 2020.

The couple confirmed a “holiday special” in the trailer before breaking out into a festive tune together.

The clip ends with Meghan laughing as she says: “He has a podcast voice.”

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