Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Christmas card is here and it definitely isn’t what fans are used to seeing from the royal family. The Sussexes have included baby Archie in a unique way — and it’s so relatable to any parent who has tried to capture the perfect family portrait for their holiday card.
BABY ARCHIE’S FIRST CHRISTMAS CARD REVELED
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust tweeted the Sussex family Christmas greeting, noting: “Just sharing the sweetest Christmas Card from our President and Vice-President, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Very Merry Christmas, everyone!”
The card features mom and dad smiling in the background as Archie takes center stage, up close and personal, staring into the camera.
The card reads: “Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From our family to yours.”
The electronic card was shared by the Twitter account The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust on Tuesday morning, and a spokesperson from Buckingham Palace confirmed the card’s authenticity to TIME. The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is a non-profit that aims to support and elevate young leaders across the Common Wealth; Prince Harry is the charity’s president.
Archie can be seen wearing contemporary British kidswear label Boden as he beams at the camera. She added: “Harry and Meghan’s eyes are on their son, showing he is the center of their universe, although their matching poses behind him as they sit casually on the floor gives us a new glimpse of the strong love ties between the couple themselves too.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s last Christmas card was a glossy black-and-white shot of the couple watching the fireworks at their evening wedding reception at Frogmore Hall in Windsor.
James said both cards “suggest little has changed in terms of the Sussex couple’s ambitions, intentions and sense of marketing themselves as a couple on the world stage.”
She said: “Both cards have an A-list feel to them, from the glamour of the wedding day to more casual glamour of what appears to be the couple at home this year.
“The monochrome shows a desire to be cool, stylish and rather different and on both cards, we are being shown the couple in what is suggested to be a spontaneous, intimate and highly emotional moment rather than being directly engaged with them via their eye contact with the camera.”
“Both cards are also very high on romance. Harry and Meghan might not want to share their eye contact with the camera but they do appear keen to emphasize the strength of their emotions, both as a couple and as parents.