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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Baby Archie Release Their Christmas Card
The celebrity Christmas card is an annual opportunity to let the world know who you really are and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have become masters at the art of telegraphing their alt-royal identities through their yearly festive greeting.In 2018, they irritated almost everybody by sending out a black and white picture of their backs, taken as they watched fireworks on the evening after their wedding earlier in the year. The picture was the only official image to be released from inside their evening reception, and seemed to be seeking to say something about the nexus of fame and privacy.> Official 2018 Christmas photograph of Meghan and Harry; the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and showing the couple at ‘Frogmore House’, Windsor viewing the firework display at their wedding day’s evening reception – Saturday 19 May 2018! pic.twitter.com/ALS0JPnqVy> > — Andrew Russell – Davis (@Diana6197Davis) December 24, 2018Eagle-eyed fans swiftly pointed out the striking resemblance it had to a the save the date Meghan Markle and her first husband Trevor Engelson sent to their wedding guests. Instead of standing with their backs to the camera watching the fireworks over Frogmore Lake in Windsor, however, the save the date photo showed Meghan and Trevor sitting on a beach looking out to sea with their arms around each other in a strikingly similar style.In 2019, Meghan and Harry also sent a message about their cool credentials when they went black and white again, sending out a picture that foregrounded Archie while they looked on in admiration from further back.> Just sharing the sweetest Christmas Card from our President and Vice-President, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Very Merry Christmas, everyone! pic.twitter.com/McOcHALoGl> > — The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (@queenscomtrust) December 23, 2019For 2020, the couple have chosen to grace the planet with a color picture of their small family sitting outside a playhouse in the garden of their home in Montecito with their dogs.But just to be different, instead of using a photograph like everyone else on the planet, Meghan and Harry have sent out a stylized drawing of a photograph taken by Meghan’s mother Doria earlier this month. The drawing shows Archie’s shock of bright red hair.> We’re thrilled to receive wonderful Christmas wishes from our Patron, The Duchess of Sussex, who also made a personal donation, helping dogs, cats and our community. 💜 From all of us at Mayhew, thank you and Merry Christmas. 🎄🐶🐱 > Find out more! 👉 https://t.co/5o2RHLveRM pic.twitter.com/uBV19F6Odt> > — Mayhew 🐶🐱 (@themayhew) December 23, 2020A spokesman for the couple said: “The original photo of the family was taken at their home earlier this month by the Duchess’ mother.“The small Christmas tree, including the homemade ornaments and other decorations, were selected by Archie, and the tree will be replanted after the holidays.”Of course it will.The image was released via The Mayhew, a London-based animal charity of which 39-year-old Meghan is a patron and reads: “Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”The Mayhew tweeted the image along with a thank you for an undisclosed personal donation from the royals.Meghan writes in it: “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, to two of our UK 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 honored their work on behalf of all of us.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.