The Duke and Duchess of Sussex beamed as they showed off their little girl for the first time in an adorable Christmas photo.The couple have revealed the first picture of their complete family – including little Lilibet
In the festive photo, taken by their wedding photographer Alexi Lubomirski, Meghan, 40, can be seen raising a giggling Lilibet – who was named after the Queen – into the air. Meanwhile Harry, in ripped jeans and no shoes, laughs as the 37-year-old cuddles their two-year-old son Archie.The couple have spoken candidly about wanting two kids, now revealing that Lilli’s birth six months ago has made them complete.
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.” Little Archie’s red hair – clearly taking after his dad – was on full show in the adorable picture.
And Lilibet, who was born in June this year, wore a gorgeous white smock as she beamed at her parents and brother. Her name Lilibet is a touching nod to her great-grandmother the Queen, who was affectionately called the nickname by her family.
The Christmas card snap is the first glimpse the world has had of little Lilibet after the Sussexes welcomed the tot into the world earlier this year. It’s understood the digital personal holiday card was sent to friends and family.And the gorgeous family photo was taken during the summer at the pair’s home in California.
Alongside the family snaps, Meghan and Harry donated funds to multiple charities – including Paid Leave For All and Human First Coalition.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”.
HEIR SHE IS!
Photographer Alexi Lubomirski shared the picture online, saying he was proud to “continue to the story” of the couple. He added: “This is one of those rare and special projects, that one is fortunate enough to be a part of.
“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. X”
Lilibet is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild – joining her big brother Archie, two, and Prince William and Kate Middleton’s brood George, Charlotte and Louis.
Harry and Meghan confirmed Lilibet’s arrival in a statement shared two days after her birth on their Archewell website.
It read: “On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.
“She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
Meghan and Harry’s festive photo comes as the Royal Family’s Christmas plans in the UK have been forced to change because of coronavirus.
The Queen now WILL host Christmas dinner with Prince Charles and Camilla after Princess Anne was forced to cancel over Covid.
It comes after Her Majesty, 95, was forced to scrap her traditional trip to Sandringham, Norfolk, as the UK battles rapidly rising cases of the Omicron variant.
Anne, 71, will not be able to spend Christmas Day with the monarch as planned as her husband Sir Timothy Laurence has tested positive for Covid.
It’s understood retired Royal Navy vice admiral Sir Timothy, 66, and the Princess Royal are isolating at the Gatcombe Park Estate in Gloucestershire.
But Her Majesty will be surrounded by her family – with Charles and Camilla joining her for dinner.
A spokesman said: “The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be with Her Majesty The Queen on Christmas Day.”
However, there is still no confirmation if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be seeing the Queen during her first Christmas without her beloved Philip.