Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s family Christmas card was released this week, giving royal fans their first glimpse of baby Lilibet, who was born in June this year
Meghan and Harry’s highly-anticipated Christmas card showing their daughter Lilibet has broken down their “wall of privacy”, an author has claimed.
The festive card shows the happy couple with their two young children – a denim-clad Archie sitting in Harry’s lap, and Meghan holding Lilibet in the air.
Harry can be seen laughing, while Archie, who now has gorgeous red hair like his dad, has a big smile on his face.
It’s the fourth card Meghan and Harry have released since tying the knot it 2018.
Royal writer Daniela Elser said the card showed the Sussexes as a “near-perfect modern family” – but warned it also broke their own privacy arrangements.
Writing for news.com.au , she called the picture a “very serious error of judgement” – despite being a “beautiful image”.
She wrote: “Up until now, Harry and Meghan have assiduously, and totally understandably, shielded their little ones and done everything they can to minimise their exposure.”
She added: “Whether wittingly or not, they have just managed to demolish that carefully crafted and maintained wall of privacy they have built around their kids.”
Ms Elser also went on to say Harry and Meghan are “officially civilians” and therefore did not have to put out a Christmas card at all.
She continued: “It is incredibly hard here to draw any conclusion, but that they must know what 24-carat PR this photo of the four of them represents and the incredible power and potency of this image of them as a damn-near-perfect modern family.
“No matter what your views might be on Megxit or their decision to air all the royal family’s dirty laundry on TV or to write a memoir or get chickens or get into bed with corporate giant after corporate giant, what is undeniable is that their new vitamin D-dappled lives clearly suit them perfectly.”
The card is the first time Lilibet has been seen since she was born on June 4 this year at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
On the Sussexes’ Archewell website, the card was posted with a message that read: “This year we welcomed out daughter, Lilibet, to the world.
“Archie made us a ‘Mama and Papa’ and Lili made us a family.”
Photographer Alexi also took Harry and Meghan’s official engagement and wedding photos.
He said: “This is one of those rare and special projects, that one is fortunate enough to be a part of.
“To be able to continue the story of this family whom I first photographed as an engaged couple, then on the day of their wedding, as a married couple and now seeing their love manifest into two beautiful children, has been a delightful honour.”
The card was given to the charity Team Rubicon, which shared it on social media today.
Meghan and Harry also write in the card: “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 parental leave.”
Those charities are Welcome US, Human First Coalition, Humanity Crew, Paid Leave For All, PL+US and Marshall Plan for Moms.