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Meghan Markle and Harry release their Christmas card showing off Archie’s shock of red hair

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released their first Christmas card since relocating to California showing off 19-month old Archie’s shock of red hair. 

The couple can be seen playing with their young son in the yard of their $14.7million Montecito home, along with dogs Pula and Guy. 

The card was released Wednesday via Mayhew, the UK animal charity for which she is a patron.  

It reads: ‘Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.’ The card is a drawing of an image taken by Meghan’s mom Doria 

A spokesperson for the couple said: ‘The original photo of the family was taken at their home earlier this month by The Duchess’s mother.

‘The small Christmas tree, including the homemade ornaments and other decorations, were selected by Archie, and the tree will be replanted after the holidays.’

The cards offers a sneak peek into the family’s home and Archie’s playhouse.  

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released their first Christmas card since relocating to LA showing off 19-month old Archie’s shock of red hair

The couple can be seen playing with their young son in the yard of their $14.7million Montecito home, along with dogs Pula and Guy

The couple can be seen playing with their young son in the yard of their $14.7million Montecito home, along with dogs Pula and Guy

In it Meghan writes: ‘This year we, as a family, have made donations to several charities with you in mind.

‘From a local California organisation that helps families transition out of homelessness, to two of our U.K. patronages: one that supports animal and community welfare, and the other, a memorial fund for a cherished friend that helps to educate children and fight poverty in Uganda, we have honoured their work on behalf of all of us.’ 

Harry and Meghan moved to Montecito after staying at Tyler Perry’s $18million, 12-bedroom, eight-bathroom Beverly Hills home following their move from Canada, after stepping down as senior royals in March. 

In November Meghan wrote for The New York Times about her July miscarriage. ‘Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,’ she wrote. 

The couple, who are understood to be spending the festive period with Doria, recently announced they have signed a lucrative podcast deal with Spotify worth up to £30million. 

They will produce and host their own shows as part of the newly formed Archewell Audio – starting with a ‘holiday special’ that the couple hopes will ‘uplift audiences around the world’.  

Last year, Harry and Meghan’s family Christmas card showed the couple grinning as baby Archie stared down the camera lens.

In 2018 the then newlyweds sent a black and white image from their summer wedding at Frogmore House. 

Last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's family Christmas card showed the couple grinning as adorable baby Archie stared down the camera lens (pictured)

Last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s family Christmas card showed the couple grinning as adorable baby Archie stared down the camera lens (pictured)

In 2018 the then newlyweds sent a black and white image from their summer wedding

In 2018 the then newlyweds sent a black and white image from their summer wedding

The festive black and white card showed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex laughing as they posed in front of a Christmas tree, with Archie’s face in the foreground of the image.

It was shared on social media by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and read: ‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours.’

In a tweet, the Trust said: ‘Just sharing the sweetest Christmas Card from our President and Vice-President, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Very Merry Christmas, everyone!’     

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall released their official 2020 Christmas card last week, choosing a candid picture as they relaxed in the gardens of Birkhall.

It shows all the family are wearing cosy winter clothes with the oldest child Prince George, seven, sitting next to his father, Prince William.

Pictured: the Cambridges' Christmas card. The family will spent Christmas alone after the government changed the rules yesterday

Pictured: the Cambridges’ Christmas card. The family will spent Christmas alone after the government changed the rules yesterday

Prince Charles, 71, and Camilla, 73, have released their official 2020 Christmas card, choosing a candid picture as they relaxed in the gardens of Birkhall

Prince Charles, 71, and Camilla, 73, have released their official 2020 Christmas card, choosing a candid picture as they relaxed in the gardens of Birkhall

Princess Charlotte, five, is seen sitting on her mother Kate Middleton’s lap wearing a Ralph Lauren jumper, while the youngest of the clan Prince Louis, two, nestles between his parents, both 38. 

Prince Charles, 71, and Camilla, 73, have spent much of the year at their Scottish residence, choosing to spend the first lockdown at their home in Aberdeenshire and returning for a summer break. 

In their photograph Prince Charles can be seen with his arm around Camilla as they share a laugh in the gardens. 

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