Royal expert Neil Sean reported a royal insider claimed senior royals were rather “confused” with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Christmas card because of its “Californian” vibes. The couple opted to use the phrase “Happy Holidays” on the card rather than the more traditional Merry Christmas members of the Royal Family traditionally use. Mr Sean also discussed the Duke of Sussex’s outfit choice, noting his ripped jeans indicated “rebel teenager”.
He said: “According to those good sources, they were rather confused and let me explain the reasons why.
“As we all know Prince Harry was born a British Prince and there’s nothing more sacred to our gracious Majesty the Queen than her Christian faith and this particular time of year, she holds it with great affection.
“In fact, it was one of the most favorite times of the year for Her Majesty and the late Duke of Edinburgh so you can imagine I’m suspecting her dismay at the Christmas greeting which was on the cards now.
“I’m told this phrase Happy Holidays is very much a Californian slang.”
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He continued: “Moving back to the picture what did senior royals allegedly think, well it’s interesting, isn’t it? Because it’s a very relaxed picture of seemingly a very happy family.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex went with the traditional Merry Christmas greeting in last year’s card from their family.
This year’s card read: “Happy Holidays. 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.”
It was released through the site Team Rubicon, which also benefits from the Sussexes’ donations alongside Welcome.US, the Human First Coalition, Humanity Crew, and Paid Leave for All.
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“Both Meghan and Diana are seen in profile, leaning back to look up at their children as they raise them higher than their own heads but, although Meghan’s head leans back onto the chest of the royal Prince she so clearly loves and is loved by, Diana’s head is sadly supported by a cushion alone in this mother-child pose.
“The joy and delight on both women’s faces is tangible and it is also mirrored by their children’s facial expressions.
“Lifting a child like this creates sensations of excitement that convert to fun when the child looks down and sees the reassuring and loving smile on its mother’s face.
“It focuses the child’s attention on the mother and mutual, echoed smiles and laughter like this are often the result.”