Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released the first photo of their daughter Lilibet Diana on their Christmas card. Meghan can be seen holding her daughter aloft and laughing while Archie sits on his father’s knee. No images of six-month-old Lilibet, named after the Queen’s childhood nickname, have been released before now, and her two-year-old brother’s face has rarely been seen in public. The message on the card 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.
“As we look forward to 2022, we have 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: 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.”
This isn’t the first time a Royal baby has taken centre stage at Christmas.
Back in 1978 on Christmas day, at the end of the Queen’s speech, footage showed the monarch with her daughter Princess Anne and 13-month-old grandson Peter Phillips.
The video showed Peter playing with one of the family’s dogs and the Princess Royal bouncing her son on her knee.
Anne won’t be able to see the Queen this Christmas after her husband tested positive for Covid.
The Princess Royal is isolating at her Gatcombe Park home with Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, 66, after he was confirmed to have contracted the virus.
The news will be even more upsetting for the family as it’s their first without Prince Philip.
It will also mean that Anne could be forced to miss her grandson Lucas Tindall’s first Christmas.
It comes after the Queen cancelled her traditional Christmas plans at her estate in Sandringham.
The difficult decision was made after “careful consideration” and reflected a “precautionary approach” amid the rapid spread of Omicron across the UK.
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She spent a night in London’s King Edward VII hospital, on Wednesday, October 20. It was her first hospital stay in eight years.
She was recommended rest, at least two weeks off work, and referred for ‘tests’ – all of which resulted in her missing her scheduled appearance at COP26.
Shortly after, she was forced to pull out of laying a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, due to an unrelated back sprain.
However, as of late November, Her Majesty is on the mend. She attended the Christening of her great-grandchildren August Philip (by Princess Eugenie) and Lucas Philip (by Zara Tindall).