Just hours ago, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry — the former Duke and Duchess of Sussex — shared their official 2021 Christmas card, giving the world its first glance at baby Lilibet Diana.
‘Lili’ was born approximately six months ago back in June, joining older brother Archie as the fourth member of the Mountbatten-Windsor family. Dressed in a frilly white set and being held up in the air by Meghan, the family really do look a picture of happiness. The name Lilibet Diana is thought to be a nod to both Harry’s late mum, Princess Diana, and his grandmother Queen Elizabeth, who reportedly goes by Lilibet to close family and friends.
“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,” the card reads.
It was originally shared by Rubicon, a not-for-profit organisation that supports international disaster relief including resettling refugees in Afghanistan. Markle has always been a passionate advocate for those less fortunate, so using the first royal portrait of ‘Lili’ to spotlight a worthwhile charitable cause seems fitting.
“As we look forward to 2022, we have made donations on your behalf to several organizations that honor and protect families – from those being relocated from Afghanistan, to American families in need of paid parental leave,” the card continues.
Members of the royal family almost always share an official Christmas card, even the Sussex’s, who ‘officially’ parted ways with the monarchy back in 2020. Since then, they have been living in Santa Barbara in Meghan’s native California, working on various projects like podcasts, interviews and partnerships with the streaming service Netflix.
The image used in the portrait was shot by photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who also captured the couple’s incredible wedding images.