Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share their first family Christmas snap starring baby Archie

Publish Date
Friday, 27 December 2019, 11:21AM

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released their first Christmas card as a family of three, after much speculation that the couple would not be sending one at all.

Marking their first Christmas together, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a sweet black and white eco-friendly card, with seven-month-old Archie starring front and centre.

Behind the handsome royal tot are Meghan and Harry, who are smiling adoringly at him, while the family sits in front of a twinkling Christmas tree.

The card's message reads: "Wishing you a Merry Christmas from our family to yours."

This is the most close-up picture the couple has ever released of the little one, who stares wide-eyed at the camera.

READ MORE:
ROYAL TOUR: Meghan Markle reveals her sweet nickname for baby Archie
• Prince Harry shares heartbreaking revelation camera flashes remind him of Princess Diana's death

It is believed the never-before-seen image was taken by American actress and musician Janina Gavankar, a friend of the couple.

In yet another eco-friendly statement from the couple - who faced backlash over their private jet usage earlier this year - the bottom of the card reads: "This year we have decided to send our cards electronically."

Harry and Meghan are currently on a six-week extended break from royal duties.

They spent Christmas with the Duchess' mother, Doria Ragland, in Canada, which was confirmed by Buckingham Palace last week.

"The decision to base themselves in Canada reflects the importance of this Commonwealth country to them both," said the palace's statement.

"The Duke of Sussex has been a frequent visitor to Canada over many years, and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of the Royal Family. They are enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son."