The Sussexes released their holiday card, with our first look at baby Lilibet Diana

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I really didn’t think that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would do a holiday card this year. I was wrong! Last year, they did a Christmas card through one of Meghan’s patronages, Mayhew, and it was just a piece of digital art as opposed to a family portrait or photo. This year, they wanted to show off their family AND highlight some charities. So here is their Christmas card photo, and our first-ever glimpse of baby Lilibet Diana. Lili looks like a very happy, smiley baby who also might have red (or reddish) hair. LOOK AT ARCHIE!! Look at his full head of carrot!!! I love this family so much. Now, does this look like a denim ad? Yes, but I love it. I particularly love Meghan’s sweater!!

The Sussexes are highlighting some different charities this year, not just their patronages from a few years ago. Team Rubicon is disaster-relief, Paid Leave for All is the paid-family leave organization Meghan has been working with this year, etc. It’s a great boost to all of these charities and organizations to be included on the Sussexes’ Christmas list.

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2021 Christmas card courtesy of Archewell.

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  1. Swack says:

    That smile on Lilibit is so awesome!

    • whatWHAT? says:

      as are the ones on both parents faces, ESPECIALLY Harry’s. there goes the “he’s miserable with Meghan and she’s making him do all of this” angle.

      nope, HE. IS. HAPPY. This is the life he wanted.

      and I CANNOT get over little Archie’s hair! adorable!

      • nutella toast says:

        It just struck me what is in this picture that is lacking in all the other royal photos (besides bare feet and jeans)…is intimacy. Looking comfortable being that close to each other. Looking like a family unit – and not just because they are obligated by blood, titles or tradition. They look like they WANT to be together. That, but any measure, is success in this lifetime.

      • minx says:

        He has a beautiful family and lives in one of the most gorgeous places in the US. I highly doubt he wants to return to his old life.

      • Truthiness says:

        The happiness of all four is palpable, it just radiates. And they released a photo with their children on their terms and no one else’s. 10/10

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        This will send the derangers and the detractors in the press into a melt down. Their happiness literarily jumps out of the photo. I wish the Sussexes a lifetime of happiness and blessings.

      • HeyJude says:

        Their kids are adorable, they’re adorable, all together adorableness, it’s just wonderful!

      • Lorelei says:

        @Minx, seriously. The other day, when Richard Eden got everyone into a tizzy over the possibility of a “King Harry,” I almost asked him on Twitter if he also still believes in Santa, because the idea of Harry returning to the UK and to that family is just as delusional.

      • Lexistential says:

        Oh how wonderful. They are such a beautiful family.

        Suck it, Salty Island!

    • PaulaH says:

      Interesting that the Royal Photo that has the world’s attention is of the family they drove out of the country. Salty Island lost, USA gained!

    • Marivic says:

      Lili and Harry are trending in the US and UK. Actually the whole Sussex family is trending. The photo is very natural and beautiful.

      • The Truth Piper says:

        The Sussex’s look radiantly happy.

        Princess Diana would love her daughter-in-law Meghan, two beautiful grandchildren and delight in seeing Prince Harry so happy.

        Best wishes to Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet for a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy, prosperous 2022.

        May Princess Diana rest in peace.

        Note: Authenticity, happiness and success are the best revenge. Good for Harry, Meghan and their children.

  2. Izzy says:

    OMG. Gorgeous.

  3. truthSF says:

    So adorable!!!!😍🥰🥰🥰

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Yes! This is what a loving and thriving family looks like. No need for embiggening. The loving looks say it all.

  4. MaryContrary says:

    Omg-that photo is ADORABLE.

  5. Charfromdarock says:

    Such a cute family!

  6. SarahLee says:

    Squee!!!!! This is adorable. I’m dying over little Archie and all his red hair. Lilibet looks adorable too. Well done, Team Sussex!

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I am loving every single bit of this card!!! They look so happy, relaxed and utterly adorable!! I love the relaxed nature of jeans and just hanging out with their beautiful children! I think Archie is the spitting image of his Dad and Lilibet looks so happy too!! I think that their ability to not only share a very well executed picture, but the fact that they are again highlighting organizations to send encouragement and highlight how we can all continue to contribute to calls of action!!

      I LOVE everything about there card, pictures and statement!!

      • Jais says:

        The jeans! They are such a gorgeous family. Love them. Wish them the best.

      • CarrieVirginia says:

        Agree. The photo radiates happiness. You can’t help but smile when you look at it. 🥰

      • aftershocks says:

        @BothSidesNow said:
        “I think Archie is the spitting image of his Dad…”

        LOL. Archie is a combination of both of his parents, clearly. You can see this when you look at baby pics of both Meghan and Harry. What Archie takes from Harry is his forehead, his head shape, his ears, his hair color and his coloring generally. The thickness of Archie’s hair and the waviness is from Meghan’s side of the family. Plus, Archie has Ragland eyes altogether. Archie’s eyes are dark brown, far apart and prominent in his face. Harry’s eyes OTOH, are very close together, deep-set in his face and blue. Meghan’s eyes are deep-set like her father’s but dark brown like her mother’s.

        Regarding Archie’s nose, it appears to be more Ragland-Markle shaped. But some features in children become more developed as they get older. Still, I don’t think Archie’s nose is like Harry’s at all. It may turn out to be more Ragland than Markle too, but we’ll see. I think Archie has a bit fuller lips than Harry, but I believe his mouth shape is very similar to Harry’s. I also believe from having previously looked at photos of Archie’s and Diana’s eyes side-by-side, that the shape of Archie’s eyes is very similar to Diana’s, but again Archie’s eyes differ in not being blue, not being close together, and not being deep-set.

        Lili Diana looks so happy and full of light and love. We only see her profile, but she appears to have a broad-shaped nose similar to Meghan’s baby pictures. But yes, reddish-looking hair; perhaps it will be auburn or dark brown with reddish highlights.

        What a complete and lovely blessing this family is. I believe Diana is watching over and smiling down upon them from above, while protecting the spirit of the conceived little one that M&H lost due to miscarriage.

    • Over it says:

      Love that this beautiful happy family is thriving and not just surviving. I love all this happiness for them

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        Exactly. They wanted them broke and broken and to come back begging for bread. But God said no. I know some are still crying for Harry to come back alone but how can anyone ditch such a gorgeous family to go back to a palace of toxicity?

    • aftershocks says:

      Beautiful card; beautiful family. Honestly, LOL, I knew that Archie had red hair when he was two-days old. It was the reddish peach fuzz on his skin, which Harry mentioned in passing, and it was slightly visible in pictures. Plus, in South Africa, when Archie at four-and-a-half months had some strands of hair on his head, it was obvious in photos with good lighting that those strands were reddish. Plus, the recent photo of Archie feeding his chicks with his back to the camera showed that his hair is gingery red. And even in Meghan’s book, The Bench, the illustration of the little boy with his Dad (obviously intended to represent Archie and Harry), showed father and son with red hair.

  7. Kalana says:

    Ahhhhhh!!!! It’s so cute!

    Archie is such a little redheaded cutie and Lilli is so adorable!

  8. swirlmamad says:

    I am smiling ear to ear seeing this. Harry’s joy at his little family is palpable. Meghan just glows even through a photo, and how much do I love that they have TWO adorable little carrot tops? Those kids are clearly so happy and loved.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Me too!! My cheeks are in a state of a frozen smile!! I am giddy as to how beautiful and happy they all are!!!

    • Teddy says:

      Yes, me too! The ease and love and joy that just spills out of this photo. Harry looks so happy. And omg Archie!!! Love the denim, and how casual it is. It all has a very American, not salty, vibe. And is that Meghan’s calligraphy?

    • Ania says:

      Harry looks extatic that he finally has a family he always wanted. My husband is like that and it is the best feeling for mum to know that her babies are the world for their dad. They are the only strangers that make me happy just because they are happy. Meg looks relaxed and kids are just the cutest.

      Somewhere is a cold castle the glassess are being smashed at the wall. Living well
      is the best revenge (even if you no longer care).

      • Jais says:

        “They are the only strangers that make me happy just because they are happy”
        Well said @ania. Same.

      • Lorelei says:

        What Jais said! Perfect description

      • Cessily says:

        “They are the only strangers that make me happy just because they are happy”.
        Beautifully said.. after feeling their pain and fear during the Oprah interview, I feel very protective of this family and their privacy, safety and happiness. They have created a beautiful family.. I have never paid more than a passing glance at royals or celebrities, but this couple touches my heart.. there is something very special about them that should be respected and protected. Happy Holidays 🎄🎅🏼❤️💚

      • aftershocks says:

        @Cessily said:
        “I have never paid more than a passing glance at royals or celebrities, but this couple touches my heart.. there is something very special about them…”

        Happy Holidays everyone! Coming back here again today to enjoy this wonderful, celebratory card/ photo that’s filled with love and the energy of life and purposeful caring.

        For me too, there is something special about Meghan & Harry which draws and maintains my interest. Firstly, it is how passionate they both are about giving back. They are authentic and genuine in their goals, desires, and responsible activism. Together, in such a short time, they have achieved so much toward helping others. Also, before they met, they’d achieved a lot individually in their charitable pursuits. Some people fake caring. These two are the real deal. They would not maintain my interest nor my emotional investment to the degree that they have if they didn’t exhibit such solid characteristics and substantive accomplishments.

        Secondly, M&H are so deeply and completely in love, which is such a rare thing to find, to experience, and to sustain. Their deep bond of love, ironically, is the reason why there is such jealousy and hate directed at them from some ignorant, evil quarters. So, the most enlightening thing we can all learn from the Sussexes’ journey is that love is not easy. These two have had their love tested in such terrible ways, but they are both secure in their love for each other, and thus, what they’ve had to face has only made their love and commitment to each other and to their goals, grow stronger.

        Thirdly, of course, M&H are a gorgeous, sexy, confident couple on equal footing! What they exude individually and together draws light and love to them, which they continue to reflect and to give back. There is a constant flowing cycle. “This little light of mine, I’m gonna make it shine…” So many people keep the Sussexes always in their prayers. Such a phenomenon is not a small thing in this world.

        I’m sure M&H are aware and deeply appreciative of everyone’s prayers. In turn, M&H are steadfast in keeping their eyes on the prize (their purpose, goals & intentions), while living with grace, courage, and thanksgiving. As Meghan has told us: “My faith is greater than my fear.” Hallelujah!!!

  9. Jan90067 says:

    I remember the shock and HORROR of H&M’s first public outing, and the BM almost FAINTING that Meg’s jeans had ripped knees. Now HARRY’s jeans have the tear…wonder if they’re going to lose their collective shizzz over it or ignore it lol. (ETA: I LOVE that Archie, like Daddy, is BAREFOOT! Maybe that’ll make a few blue bloods faint! lol)

    It is a gorgeous card. While posed, it doesn’t *look* posed, no one looks frozen, and the kids actually *look* happy.

    Beautiful card, beautiful family!!

    • SarahLee says:

      And they’re barefoot! So California!

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Yes!! I actually love that they are! It’s a personal glimpse into their lives!

        And they all look so happy!! I am utterly giddy at seeing how happy they truly are!!!

      • Jan90067 says:

        Same here! I was just going to make a similar comment on CB’s twitter about this.

        When you compare the two families’ cards, TOBB & Wiglet’s looking SO posed, so formal, so sterile, with that brown background that gives *nothing* away, no glimpse into who they are as people, as a family (other than George is already being separated as “special/different” from Char and Lou, even by pose/clothing), and contrast it with the warmth of H&M’s holiday card(s) – the last two: with the watercolor of the three of them playing at the playhouse w/the dogs, and the one prior, with Archie crawling toward the camera in front of their tree…. It’s truly night and day.

        We continually get a glimpse *into* H&M’s family and life, how it’s relaxed, how natural it all seems, how *they* seem, how in love they are. There is true JOY in their smiles, even the kids’ smiles.

        What a marked difference.

    • LBB says:

      They are all barefoot, Love it! Casual elegance.

    • Chic says:

      He’s done with the Salty Isle and living life on his terms in his clothes! After 3+ years perhaps FR and RR will get it? ..uh no! Gonna enjoy this pic and breakdown from RR.

    • Becks1 says:

      I know this is reading way too much into it, but Archie’s outfit reminds me of that first outfit of Meghan’s….the ripped jeans and the white “husband” shirt.

      Also, I’ll say that the bare feet are making me really jealous, bc its really cold here and I’m wearing my Uggs and my feet are still cold and I need to take my fleece off to work out but I’m cold.

      i hate winter.

      So, I’m having issues with the bare feet, LOL. this is the time of year I get so jealous of anyone who lives in a warmer climate (my CA friends on Facebook really tick me off, LOLOL.)

      • Rapunzel says:

        Becks- I’m in CA (Central Valley) and it’s cold right now. 30s-50s Fahrenheit. Nobody’s barefoot here, if it makes you feel better.

      • Charm says:

        Apparently the pic was taken this past summer. So Lili was 3-4months. She is all of 61/2 months old now. Such a beautiful family photo.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Rapunzel that does help lol.

      • Kkat says:

        Becks I’m in Southern California and my phone says it’s 37 still 😛
        I’m a bike shorts and t-shirt person and barefoot most of the year.
        For the last week however I’m wearing sweats, a hoodie, thick soft socks and slippers.
        Right now I’m under two comforters and a blanket lol
        So its definitely chilly here 😁

      • PaulaH says:

        Beautiful family photo. I’m so happy that Harry has the family he always wanted. I live in the South (USA) and it’s a brisk 70 degrees!

      • bettyrose says:

        Becks & Rapunzel – I’m in the Bay Area and we’ve had several nights so cold it was almost down to freezing. It’s warmed up a bit, but it’s pouring rain just now (no complaints. I NEVER complain about the rain we so desperately need) but my bare toes touched the frigid kitchen tiles at one point and I’m not making that mistake again. #Socks.

        ETA: No ripped jeans either unless paired with leggings (which I used to do in college when it was -20 below).

      • Chergui says:

        I don’t think you’re reading too much into it. Parents tend to dress their kids in their own style, while they’re young and since this is her style, it makes sense she would choose an outfit like that.

        Then they get older and have their own ideas about what they want to wear.

      • Carty says:

        I’m in Iowa and it’s 50 degrees and I’m sweating. I get hot easy. Anyhow, the jeans with white shirts is a very popular look for family pictures here in the states. Done ourselves.

      • Carmen says:

        I’m visiting my family in Orange County and it’s COLD and RAINY!

      • Jess says:

        I love a barefoot Christmas! I’m in the south and it’s supposed to be 72 degrees tomorrow, makes me so happy!

      • aftershocks says:

        @Charm said:
        “Apparently the pic was taken this past summer. So Lili was 3-4 months.”

        If the pic was snapped during the summer, Lili couldn’t have been more than 2 1/2 to 3 months old, since she was born June 4, and she would have turned 3 months on September 4 (when the summer is over).

    • RoyalBlue says:

      The distressed jeans on Harry must make the crazies’ heads spin like they are in the Poltergeist.

    • North of Boston says:

      If any of the RR or BM complain about Harry showing a his bare knee, we can just refer them back to the Cambridge’s pic with FFK’ legs on full display.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Jan, I can’t lie, the first thing that ran through my head when I saw the card — which is beyond gorgeous and I completely adore — is that they were going to have an absolute field day over Harry wearing ripped jeans. Luckily, the Sussexes are way too happy to give a flying fck what racist, bitter Brits have to say about them anymore, and most of the rest of the world admires and is rooting for them.

      (Also, I don’t want to post a link and threadjack, but this is the only way I have to communicate with you! But if you go to Rex Chapman’s Twitter account, he posted a thread yesterday debating *exactly* what we (including @Saucy&Sassy and @BothSidesNow; I hope they see this, too) were talking about here a couple of days ago. It had thousands of comments, some encouraging, some enraging, but I wanted to try at least and let you know to check it out in case you hadn’t already seen it.
      I can’t even stand that guy and don’t follow him, but somehow that thread popped up in my feed and I got totally drawn into it.
      If you happen to confirm that you saw this, I’ll delete it, since it has nothing to do with this post, but I hope it’s left up long enough so that you see it!)

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        The moment I saw this card I smiled. It makes me feel happy, because there is so much happiness shining through in that photo. It’s clear that Archie & Lili are two kids who are really happy to be spending time with Mama and Papa. Such a beautiful family.

        (Lorelei, I took a look at the twitter account. I think when the hospitals have to triage covid patients, those that are most likely to survive will go to the front of the list. I don’t wish anyone to die, but when there are no more beds within travelling distance, it’s a fact of life that will happen.)

      • Jan90067 says:

        Lorelei, I will check it out tomorrow (as it is now 10:30 pm as I am rereading these comments), thank you! Happy Holidays to you ❤️

      • Lorelei says:

        @Jan/@Saucy— glad you saw it, but *definitely* keep away from it until after the holidays— just bookmark it or something, because no way do we want to fill our brains with all that right now and end up angry today.
        Ignorance is Bliss.

        I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and that ALL of us Celebitches have a Happy New Year — and I’m sure there will be another post here eventually in which we can let loose about all of those comments and it will be cathartic for us all! But for now, I’m pretending it doesn’t exist. Ignorance is Bliss.

        Have a great weekend, everyone!! ❤️

    • MoonTheLoon says:

      They clearly have an extremely skilled photographer. Posed family photos are nice, but the action shots are where the gems surface. One of my favourite parts of the rare family shoot I did, back in the day.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ Yes, a very skilled photographer: Alex Lubomirski, the same pro who took M&H’s engagement and wedding photos. He knows how to capture great shots that express the personalities of the subjects. And with such engaging, happy subjects, how could any good photographer take a bad photo.

        Honestly, practically all of the photos taken of M&H are iconic (including the lovely ones taken remotely when Meg was pregnant with Lili, by Meg’s photog friend, Misan Harriman; and especially the March 2020 diamond raindrops photo under the umbrella).

        Certainly, all of the Sussexes’ Christmas greeting cards are special keepsakes, along with the New Year’s photo of Harry and Archie in Vancouver — taken by Meg!

    • NiqGee says:

      The barefoot part is my favourite part. I love that Harry has been barefoot in all the official pictures from their house. You know he’s so comfortable walking around their house and hard barefooted. Love that for him and them.

      • Aengus says:

        Mine too. Their relaxed Cali vibe will jibe with their global audience who don’t understand English stuffiness.

    • Cessily says:

      There are many past photos of prince Harry with holy jeans and people are circulating them on social media.. someone will always complain about something..

      There is also a beautiful photo of a Princess Diana going around in a white shirt faded jeans and barefoot. The nit picking people really need to learn to just move on not everything is done with the British rags weird obsession with “hidden messages” normal people outgrow middle school pettiness, it’s exhausting.

  10. Crowned Huntress says:

    Such a gorgeous little family. Archie has gotten so big with his full head of beautiful red curls and look how happy Lili looks!

    Happy for their happiness!

    • gruey says:

      People have been debating the color of Archie’s hair for years! It’s such a flex to just suddenly reveal a full head of FLAMING red hair lol. That we couldn’t quite figure out for so long is amazing.

      • aftershocks says:

        Archie’s hair color for me was never a huge mystery. But a lot of people loved getting caught up in debate about it. In South Africa at four-and-a-half months, even with the few strands on his head, Archie’s hair color was visibly reddish in good light. The only question was whether the reddish color would remain or darken into reddish brown as he grew older.

        Plus, a lot of people aren’t aware of a previous photo posted on Instagram by a California friend of Meg’s showing Archie with his Mom when he was 1 1/2 years old. His hair was clearly gingery red. It was a nice, clear photo of Archie’s face and upper body, with Meghan in the background. They were wearing similar brown-striped clothing. The photo was taken down quickly, but not before some Sussex fans had seen it and screen-captured it. But it’s not been widely disseminated, for obvious reasons.

      • HeyJude says:

        Yes, he’s a bonafide Weasley! It’s so cute.

  11. RoyalBlue says:

    Beautiful family photo, and I love how they put their philanthropy front and centre of everything they do.

  12. Ameerah says:

    I love this! Lili is adorable and I love that Archie is a ginger.

  13. GandalfTheMeh says:

    Look at how happy they look. Especially Harry!

  14. Sofia says:

    They all look very happy. The kids are adorable!

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  16. Beloved says:

    Very adorable!!

  17. Becks1 says:

    I love this so much. they look so happy. Archie’s curls! Harry’s smile! Lili’s laugh! It’s a fantastic picture and I love it.

    • Nic919 says:

      It’s such a natural photo. The happiness shines through. I also love the red hair on Archie.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Yes, the happiness is genuine as we can clearly see!!

        I have nothing but love for the Sussex family ❤️❤️

    • L84Tea says:

      It’s perfection. 🙂

    • Lorelei says:

      @Becks, I absolutely adore Archie’s hair, and I’m actually so relieved to see such a high-profile, beloved child with it, because my son has the exact same hair as Archie — both color and texture— and he haaaates it.

      He’s been self-conscious about having red hair for as long as he’s been able to speak, but he knows how much I love Harry, so whenever it comes up, I’ve pointed out to him how handsome Prince Harry is and how much so many girls love him and his ginger hair, lol. I was so glad to have such a great example of such a handsome and adored ginger for him— not to mention what a good role model Harry is. And since Harry has been in the news so much lately, he sees him a lot (and all of the applause Harry gets!).

      It’s been particularly bothering him recently because lots of his friends/classmates have a style that I guess is trendy right now — their hair is sort of shaved on the sides and longer in the front/middle (I’m not explaining this well! The best comparison I can come up with is that it would have been associated with “skater” types back in the day, when I was younger). So my son keeps asking if he can get his hair cut like that too, and I have to explain that it’s not that I won’t allow him to, but that it just wouldn’t work because his hair is curly and all the other boys who have it have straight hair. He knows that I get my own hair chemically straightened, so the poor little guy asked if he get his straightened too, and I was just kind of like, “Buddy, no, your hair grows so fast and you really don’t even have enough hair to straighten…”

      But obviously Archie is much closer to him in age and more relatable, so as soon as he gets home from school today, I’m going to show him all of these comments from people praising how awesome they think Archie’s hair is and hope that it makes him feel better about himself! 🙏🏻🤞

      • Imara219 says:

        @ Lorelei curly-haired boys can rock the style you are talking about. Try going to a Black barber and it’s either an undercut mid fade with curly top or low fade/high taper with curly top

      • SomeChick says:

        awwww, your sweet kiddo. I bet the skater cut would work with curly hair. it would just lay differently. hugs to you both!

      • PrincessK says:

        Very good. Also you are not the only one. The way in which red haired children get bullied is off the scale and discriminatory. I went to an event attended by Prince Harry about three or four years ago and one lady brought her red headed son along and I knew that she did it as a way of boosting her little boy’s confidence. So yes Archie’s red hair is going to help a lot of youngsters. Wishing you well.

      • Anners says:

        Lorelai – if your son’s hair is like Archie’s, then tell him he is one lucky kid! The colour and texture are absolutely gorgeous and he is literally one in a million (maybe even more!)

      • Chica says:

        Hi Lorelai take a visit to @elijahAmerica’s TikTok Page. He’s mixed and looks like he could be Archie in 15 years. He’s also confident about his red hair.

      • HeyJude says:

        He may not like it now, but once he gets a little older just remind him the girls (or boys or whomever else he fancies) will love it and give him so much attention for his handsome and special red hair.

        (I know my nephew has very softly curled hair. Think almost like a old-fashioned baby doll level curls. He hated it as a kid and would get buzz cuts to make it go away. As a college student now thought it’s his ticket to being the center of attention with all the co-eds! He loves his curls now.)

      • Lorelei says:

        Thank all of you guys so much for these comments! It’s been…a day, and I honestly got a little teary at the fact that strangers on CB are so much kinder than many people I’m currently dealing with IRL. I’m going to show my son these comments; I know they were insignificant to you to quickly type, but to me, they mean more than you know.

        Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Celebitches! ❤️

      • Lady D says:

        I hope you and your little family have a great Christmas, Lorelei. Best wishes:)

  18. Eurydice says:

    I’m so happy for them and I love that they included donations and links. Whenever they appear, they add value.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Yes!! Always highlighting that there are ways we can help contribute to causes that are near and dear to them!

    • booboocita says:

      They do “add value,” don’t they? It’s not just a family photo. It’s a joyous affirmation of the season and an exhortation to remember those less fortunate and help make their season joyous too. Team Sussex all the way!

      • Tangerinetree says:

        Yes, I love how they encourage people through their own actions – to give to others! The Sussexes radiate the simple joy of just by being together as a family.
        And is there anything sweeter than a laughing baby?!

    • Sid says:

      Yes. They leverage their public profile in the best ways.

    • PrincessK says:

      Yes, adds value. So many silly people commenting in the British papers just don’t get it. This is a wonderful way of boosting the profile of these charities and bringing in more money.

  19. Harper says:

    Lili is adorable. Archie’s hair! What a wonderful photo. JOY.

  20. blackfemmebot says:

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  21. Duch says:

    What a lovely picture

  22. blackfemmebot says:

    They look so happy😭😭😭❤️Agh I love them!

  23. Agreatreckoning says:

    ‘a full head of carrot’, love it @ Kaiser.

    I really like this photo. It’s a joyful holiday card.

  24. Jessica says:

    I’m honestly tearing up, this is wonderful!!

  25. Seaflower says:

    Gorgeous and full of joy.

  26. Liz Version 700 says:

    What a gorgeous family picture! The kids are so precious! Archie is Dad’s Mini-Me and Lily has such a sweet bubbly smile! Love everything about this card.

  27. Rapunzel says:

    Perfect card…and shows the kids but no straight photos of their faces usuable for the media.

    The RRs are like…”they’ve finally shown us Lilibit” when it’s not even for them. So salty.

    Can’t wait for the inevitable post Christmas analysis criticizing Harry’s ripped jeans and the fact that only Meg is wearing shoes. Future headline: “Meg spends all her Netflix millions on shoes for herself… Harry and the children left with dirty feet and ripped clothing.”

    • Becks1 says:

      I’m dying at your last paragraph. ITS SO TRUE. Put a pin in this comment bc you know we will see stories about that, about how Meghan buys herself designer clothes and Harry and the children can’t even buy shoes.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I didn’t even notice her shoes! I had to look at the card again. Yes, the rats will be looking to draw blood for these *selfish* antics of Meghan!

        FFS, give it a rest! They WON, you lost!!

      • Jenn says:

        Angela Levin has already written a tweet about Harry being so poor he can’t afford shoes.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Jenn, it’s ridiculous. Are they so wealthy from all of their “woke” content that they can afford to live in a multi-million dollar mansion with 14 bathrooms, or are they struggling failures to the point that Harry can’t even get decent shoes? Pick a freaking lane.

        This photo is absolutely gorgeous.

      • Gabby says:

        UGH on Angela Levin. She is rotten from the inside out. Did anyone here see The Devil’s Advocate with Keanu Reeves back in the day? Remember when the evil people’s faces started to turn, revealing who they were? That’s Angela Levin right there.

    • JerseyCow says:

      Ha ha you’re right! She keeps him barefoot so it’s harder for him to escape 😂

      • Amy Too says:

        I’m sure the barefoot is some kind of “horrific twisted liberal nod to the fact that *Harry* is the barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen spouse while Meghan is the one wearing the pants AND THE SHOES! How dare she! He very dare she! This is some kind of liberal bias media transgender propaganda,” probably.

    • equality says:

      But the same people will find Will’s shorts and bare legs acceptable.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        His shorts are a picture of nightmares!! Then you add the hyena maniacal smile and you are ready to scrub your eyes out with bleach!! Then we have another stroll of that ugly sweater too.

    • Eurydice says:

      The DM had a minimum of snark, but it was there. Noting the bare feet, that people will *finally* see Lilibet, that they’ll *finally* see Archie’s face, that it’s been three years since Harry celebrated the holidays with “his family,” and they paid 14.7million for their home.

      • Dee (2) says:

        Ugh, he’s celebrated with his family every year. They disgust me with this attitude that his wife and children aren’t his family, while W&K are applauded for having a “quiet, homey family holiday”.

      • Jan90067 says:

        They HAVE seen Archie’s full face on the African tour AND on his first Xmas card, crawling toward the camera, as well as the pic of Harry holding him in the adorable furry hat and boots in Canada. How quickly they forget 🙄

    • Ponchorella says:

      Someone at the Fail is working on that headline at this very moment.

      • PrincessK says:

        The Fail are so happy they have managed to squeeze FIVE articles out the release of this beautiful photo. They are so desperate and hungry for Sussex news that even the story about the Queen’s Xmas speech has been turned into a Harry and Meghan story.

    • Cleo D says:

      The Fail comments are funny. Almost all of them say Beautful picture! or Beautiful family! -even when followed by ‘Though I, Humphrey Snogwort of Evil Dutton, personally disapprove.’

    • Watson says:

      Totally agree on the usage of no straight photos of the faces. A beautiful heart warming photo that also gives the kids a semblance of privacy. It’s beyond clever!!!

    • Leah says:

      Show of hands. Who didn’t think the RR and BM would have something negative to say about this beautiful, joyous photo? They are nothing but predictable, lmao!

      • Feeshalori says:

        Predictable is right. I think the question is rather what were they going to complain about since we all know they’re negative Nellies. So they’ve groused about Happy Holidays. Have they complained about Harry’s bare feet yet?

    • Cessily says:


      Absolutely loved that.. haven’t laughed that hard in awhile.. sadly we know it’s coming and probably as soon as those talk shows start up after the holidays. They will make fools of themselves over it.

  28. FHMom says:

    Omg. Such cuteness. I’m in love with this photo

  29. DuchessL says:

    That is an adorable picture of the family and the children are absolutely beautiful. It doesn’t seem like Harry is miserable in California lol

  30. atorontogal says:

    Seeing this picture made me feel the way I used to when seeing pics of Diana and her boys. I don’t know them but absolutely adore them. What a beautiful happy family.

  31. Chic says:


  32. Songs (Or it didnt happen) says:

    The photo was taken by HSH Prince Alexi Lubomirski, who did their engagement pictures as well.

  33. Esme says:

    Now this is a (California) holiday card!!! Gorgeous family and everyone looks genuinely happy😍😍

  34. Julie says:

    All this, and a full head of hair, Willy!

    Whilst they live in your shiny dome, rent free

    They’ve clearly won.

    Happy Christmas.

    That family will make me smile all day, people will think the pod people have me.

  35. notasugarhere says:

    Harry’s worked with Team Rubicon for years. It is a military and veterans organization that does physical, hands-on disaster relief. When he was sent on royal tour to post-earthquake Nepal years ago, he stayed extra time to volunteer with TR.

    • windyriver says:

      I’ve donated to TR for a few years, pretty sure I first came across them via Harry’s work. Among other things, they were doing work with the Navajo nation, providing relief for health care workers in the earlier days of the pandemic, and helping to distribute vaccines once those became available.

    • L4Frimaire says:

      Harry is so consistent and loyal to the organizations he supports. It’s great that they are focusing on these organizations and causes, including recent issues that have cropped up like the Afghan refugee resettlement and organizations that advocate for paid leave.

  36. EveV says:

    The entire family is gorgeous and radiant. So happy they graced us with a card and picture! Happy Holidays!

    • PrincessK says:

      Yes, the parents are happy kind people and l believe that these traits will be passed on to the parents.

  37. JennyJazzhands says:

    Super cute!!! They are absolutely adorable.

  38. mariahlee says:

    The best. Harry and Meghan were always photogenic together, but now they have the babies to match! And I love their commitment to giving.

  39. Notafan says:

    The link in Scobie’s twitter is wrong. @Gohumanfirst links to a tech company. They donated to Human First Coalition, a veterans organization. Can you change the link embedded in your article?

  40. Jan says:

    The photographer that took the engagement pictures took this picture, but then he can only print what the camera shows.

  41. L84Tea says:

    So beautiful!! Both Archie and Lily–what gorgeous kids!!

  42. lucy2 says:

    What a lovely card, and how wonderful to use it to raise awareness for several great organizations.

    • Nunya says:

      Bitter Betty take note


      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Yes, SERVICE IS UNIVERSAL. Just like Happy Holidays is universal. Saw some whining about them not saying Merry Christmas. Had to laugh when I read that.

  43. Basi says:

    They are THRIVING so hard. I couldn’t love this any more. It made my day.

  44. HeatherC says:

    Honestly I was hoping we wouldn’t get one this year lol But this is nice. Looks natural, like an actual family instead of a picture that could pass as a stock photo sold in picture frames. Also, Team Ginger all the way

    • Anners says:

      I was so torn with this, too. Part of me wanted them to thumb their noses at their haters because they don’t owe anyone anything, but part of me really wanted to see the babies….and I’m so glad that we got to! Archie is absolutely adorable and those russet curls kill me. And Lili just looks like the sweetest, happiest little baby. They absolutely glow, and I’m so happy for them all.

    • windyriver says:

      It’s good that they did release a picture though, because it removes the additional financial benefit for any photog who got the first shot of Lili.

    • PrincessK says:

      I knew that they would release a picture linked to their charities. I also like that they released it as close to Xmas for maximum benefit.

  45. Bohemian Angel says:

    This is lovely, that gorgeous smile on Lili’s face. They are such a cute family and I wish them all the best.

  46. JanetDR says:

    Well, this made me very happy this morning! I wasn’t expecting it and am so delighted!

  47. Cg2495 says:

    Such a beautiful photo! The kids are simply beautiful and unexplainably I am super excited Archie has red hair and beautiful curls!
    I’m so happy they are happy and enjoying their little family.

  48. Jen says:

    Look at these ginger babes! So cute!!

  49. Jade says:

    I’m so happy these adorable kids are out of the clutches of the british royal family. They will grow up in a healthy loving family.

  50. Amy Too says:

    Better a denim ad than a colonizer ad. 😉

    • Lorelei says:

      @Amy Too, a colonizer ad with the fabric of Bill’s shorts straining waaaay too tightly across his junk, making it uncomfortable to even look at.

  51. Ginger says:

    This is an amazing card! Beautiful family! I can’t get over Archie’s hair and Lilli looks like the happiest baby.

    Cue Kate making holes in Williams jeans for their next family photo.

    • swirlmamad says:

      LMAO we will see Kate “out shopping” with distressed-just-so jeans soon enough.

      • Harper says:

        My guess is George and Charlotte with white button-downs and ripped jeans, trimming their little trees in their bedrooms at CarolE’s.

      • Amy Too says:

        Except Kate’s jeans will somehow be way too high waisted while at the same time looking like they’re not actually meant to be high waisted jeans so it will be a proportions nightmare and everyone in the comments section of any site that isn’t Celebitchy will be saying things like “extremely disproportionately waisted jeans are on trend though! I see them all the time in the shops! They’re right next to the super dated 1980s secretary outfits and the ultra conservative Mennonite prairie dresses!”

      • Dee Kay says:


      • what's inside says:

        @Amy Too: The visual of that is too funny. Almost like a second-hand thrift store frequented by the rich and bored. Kate’s Keenest Klothes.

    • sunny says:

      Such a sweet picture and I love that they are highlighting more great causes! I really love seeing them thrive!

    • NotSoSocialB says:

      Yes! Captioned, “the modern rf!”

  52. Emily says:

    Archie’s curls are the Christmas gift I didn’t know I needed! Off to start a band called Full Head of Carrot.

  53. BUBS says:

    For all they’ve been through, all the pain, tears, almost losing Meghan, to this…JOY! My God, I’m so happy for them. Their joy is complete. They’re whole! Why am I crying? God bless them and God bless all the charities they’ve helped and are highlighting this season. God bless you all!

    • Becks1 says:

      They really do look so happy here, its a fantastic photo.

      As for the rest – I think that’s why its so important for famous people to talk about their struggles. It doesn’t mean their lives have to be open books, obviously. But I think that part of why this picture is resonating so strongly with many of us is because they have shared what the past few years were like for them, we know how hard it was (and we only know SOME of what happened), we know what is still going on with the BRF….and they’re here, on the other side, happy and whole and THRIVING. It just makes the picture mean more, IDK.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Becks, it will never stop being incredible to me that the BRF didn’t learn that is exactly what made Diana so popular — she had flaws and she acknowledged them, never pretending to be “perfect” — and start to adapt way back then. It was so blatantly obvious to the entire world, yet that family learned nothing from Diana.

      • Elizabeth Phillips says:

        Becks and Lorelei, if the royals aren’t perfect, it proves that they’re no more special than you or I and they might not really be annointed by God.

    • Myra says:

      So beautifully said. I’m very happy for them both, especially for Meghan. I’m so glad she has gotten to this point. It’s not always easy to look forward to the future when you’re going through a crisis, but so happy she has come out on the other side.

      • Lady Digby says:

        I totally agree. This photo of a happy and loving family has warmed my heart today as we face another time of uncertainty given Omicron transmission rates. Their bond as a family after so much struggle to get free of toxicity has reminded me of Harry S Truman statement about getting through trouble. We can get through the pandemic by being patient, responsible and compassionate towards others and above all, getting vaccinated!

  54. Belli says:

    So cute, so beautiful, so happy. They are thriving and I love that for them.

  55. Mslove says:

    There is scientific evidence that being generous makes you happy. Hint hint Will & Kate.

  56. Case says:

    What a wonderful, joyous photo. They’re glowing (seriously, don’t think I’ve ever seen Harry smile that wide!) and those ginger babies are adorable. I love how they’re dressed, I love how natural the photo is, I love the inclusion of the organizations they’ve donated to…so great.

  57. Rapunzel says:

    Oh Lawd,
    The Fail is predictably ridiculous, with a headline saying that they “even reveal Archie’s face for first time”

    Freaking morons–his face has been seen many times before. They took him on a tour for goodness sake! Archie’s face has been seen plenty… you’re just mad they’ve kept him private since leaving. And they still not giving you a full frontal shot so you can criticize him.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      You know they are mad they can’t zoom in to see the color of Archie’s eyes. They are desperate to declare whether he has taken after the Spencers or the Windsors and start to ascribe characteristics to him before he is even 5! Because this is what they do.

      • Lorelei says:

        They should be very happy that they can now constantly analyze and debate the skin tone of each child 😬

      • aftershocks says:

        @Royal Blue said:
        “… they are mad they can’t zoom in to see the color of Archie’s eyes.”

        Archie’s eyes are dark brown. His eyes aren’t going to change color from when we saw his eyes when he was five months and later one-year-old (in the storybook birthday video).

        The question is, what color are Lili Diana’s eyes? Hmmm, possibly a lighter brown, or maybe even blue or green? We may never know for sure until she’s much older. Judging by this side view, and the way her eyes are crinkled with laughter, I would guess that Lili has deep-set eyes like both of her parents.

        Possibly additional photos (but not very revealing ones) of Archie and Lili, might be shared on their birthdays next year. It would surely be a bonus if we ever got a video of Harry reading a book to Archie and Lili (with Meg’s help, as those two adorable young ones look to be a handful)! 🙂

  58. Over it says:

    This picture of them so happy and so them really puts the merry in my Christmas. And yes I know I don’t know them , but I am so happy for them

  59. Abby says:

    I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! What a joyful Christmas gift. I wish them so much happiness! They look wonderful.

  60. Krystina says:

    What a beautiful Christmas photo!!
    They look so happy <3

  61. s808 says:

    what a beautiful family!! harry has him a lil mini red head in archie and lili d is just smiling away. merry christmas everyone!!

  62. Commonwealthy seemed witty at first says:

    Such a great card! Such a gorgeous family! What fantastic causes and brand consistency from Team Sussex, AS ALWAYS.

    • aftershocks says:

      ^^ Yep, ‘As Ever, Harry, Meghan, Archie & Lili’ The Sussex Family!

      It’s so cool to see the Sussexes happy and thriving in their Montecito haven, far far away from royal family toxicity. The bitter haters can blabber and whine to no avail, until karma comes to knock them hard to the very core of their bitterness.

      #LoveWins #SussexLoveAlwaysWins

  63. Lyds says:

    Love love love…Archie’s hair and the chubs of Lili is enough to melt anyone’s heart!

  64. Lizzie says:

    Wow, they top themselves every year. Unposed, naturally happy and joyful family.

  65. Diana J Kerstetter says:

    So happy to see this lovely, loving family, relaxed, happy, and beautiful! What a breath of fresh air!

  66. MsIam says:

    Heart is officially melted! ❤

  67. Alexandria says:

    OMG please please…I wasn’t having any expectations but this perks me up. Thank you Harry and Meghan. It’s a small joy that I relish…I’m not religious but God please keep this family safe and happy.

  68. Bettyrose says:

    OMG Archie! He’s a mini-Harry!

    • Jan90067 says:

      I think he looks so much like Meg’s baby photos, but with Harry’s hair.

    • Bren says:

      I agree that Archie looks like Meghan when she was a child. The hair color is all Harry. Archie looks like he has thick hair like Meghan. He’s a good mix of both of his parents. Keep them Windsor genes at bay.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Okay I looked more closely and you guys are right he has Meghan’s nose. I don’t have a sense of his face otherwise but his hair might even be a darker, richer shade of red than Harry’s. Definitely a benefit to have those Raglan genes added to the mix. But the kids will always have beautiful smiles because they’re happy.

      • Chrissy says:

        Yes, Archie has a wonderful head of curly auburn hair. So gorgeous and so rare!
        Love to see them so relaxed and happy. Especially proud daddy Harry. I’m thrilled for the Sussexes!

      • aftershocks says:

        @Bettyrose said:
        “… the kids will always have beautiful smiles because they’re happy.”

        Exactly! What a blessing! While I am thankful for both of my own loving parents, with all of their human failings, I’ve been thinking how lucky Archie & Lili are to have M&H for parents! Ah but, of course, their lives will not be easy. They will grow up with protection officers around them, and eventually they will need to learn how to navigate fans and the media.

        The cool thing is that for the time being, Archie & Lili can just be fun-loving kids, enjoying a beautiful life in Montecito! They will be given the love and the tools to deal with whatever comes their way. And they are surely going to be learning at very young ages the importance of giving back to others. Archie already knows the importance of hydrating, and of driving carefully. LOL!

        Plus, they not only have M&H for parents, they have the wonderful Queen Doria for their grandmother — she is surely very present in their lives! And I’m certain, many stories will be passed down to them about their other grandmother, Diana PoW, the People’s Princess! There are so many videos and books about Diana too. Their parents will guide them to learn the right and true stuff about the inimitable, effervescent, Diana.

    • PrincessK says:

      I can already see Meghan in Lili.

    • PrincessK says:

      Wonderful family portrait. As usual the Sussexes got it just right. Beautiful! 😍

  69. apollocat says:

    Adorable family and god bless. 🧿🧿🧿🧿🧿🧿

  70. Chelsea says:

    This is exactly the type of wholesome content I needed today. What a beautiful family! And even though this was apparently taken in the summer there is something holiday festive about this picture. Maybe it’s the wood in the book or all the joyous smiles? Idk but I do know I’ve never wanted to receive a Christmas card from someone I’m not related to more than this one. Hope everyone reading this has a safe and happy holiday!

    • Lorelei says:

      @Chelsea, same! Everything has been so awful for so long, and it is so rare that the first thing I see when I turn on my phone is something happy. I can’t even remember the last time I felt this way; I guess when Biden won? But that was more relief than joy. This was just wonderful to see.

  71. Margaret says:

    The photographer catchered the love and joy of parents for their children. The Sussexes appear to be relaxed and content, so much pure love is reflected.

  72. Slippers4life says:

    OMFG this is adorable! I don’t even care what salty crap will inevitably spew from England over this. If this doesn’t bring you joy than you want to be joyless. If you can’t at least be happy for Harry that this is his life than I’m sorry for you.

    • CarrieVirginia says:

      Could not agree with you more. They are happy and we are all so happy for them.

    • Christine says:

      This needs to be said a lot more! If this photo doesn’t bring you joy, you are willfully choosing to be a miserable human being.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ Exactly as everyone has said. To see Harry so happy after all we know he endured once he lost his mother at twelve years of age, and after he went through some wild and unhappy teenage years, and some unsettled times in his 20s (even after he had begun to find purpose and direction in the military, and in founding Sentebale, he still felt the void of his mother’s loss).

        By his late 20s and early 30s, Harry yearned so much to find a partner and start a family. He could never have dreamed this amazing bounty: two gorgeous children, and a beautiful, brilliant, compassionate wife who helped him come into his own as a man, via her love, support and understanding, and her joy in living life to the fullest.

        This is so perfect to see for Harry and for Meghan, especially knowing how bitter jealous family members on both sides have tried so hard to spoil their happiness in finding each other! Good that all the haters have failed in their attempts to tarnish and to block Meghan & Harry from courageously forging a happy, fulfilling, thriving life together away from the gilded cage.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Slippers, could not agree more. If this photo doesn’t make you smile, you’re defective, lol. 👏👏👏

  73. Meghan says:

    I LOVE IT! I am so jealous of everything in this Christmas card but especially that they make the squishiest adorablest babies! (My baby was not a squishy baby but he did have the best little wrist wrinkles)

    Every time I see Harry I just think of how much he adores Meghan and their children and his life now. As I’ve said before, I truly believe the man would be dirt poor and still just as happy because he has what he wants in his family.

  74. RoyalBlue says:

    I just realized what the difference is between the Sussex and Cambridge cards. I had commented previously that nothing in the Cambridge cards spoke of Christmas, and I now know why. It’s because the Joy, Love and Peace were missing from the Cambridge photos and shines so clearly in the Sussex photos.

  75. equality says:

    Just ran across first Twitter complaint from idiot who whines that they released the day before Kate’s concert. Because, you know, Kate owns the entire week of Christmas. How dare anybody else put out any content.

    • Ginger says:

      They are upset because they know this card will overshadow that last minute concert that no one cares about.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Oh FFS- They sent a Christmas card. At Christmas. What monsters.

    • Dee (2) says:

      These type of complaints always puzzle me, because they act like people have a limited amount of attention they can give to various things. How is looking at a holiday card and saying that’s cute, going to take attention away from a tv show that doesn’t even show until tomorrow night?

    • Lizzie says:

      They are deranged. They are mad there is nothing to criticize about the beautiful photo. Also saw a few mad comments about using Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.

      • Amy Too says:

        Weren’t they also mad last year at “Merry Christmas” though? Something about it being too American? Or not inclusive enough for the “woke liberal Sussexes”?

      • Babz says:

        There was one lady on Twitter going on and on about how Harry was completely Americanized now, that Meg had taken Happy Christmas away from him and he now has to use Happy Holidays. She said that *everyone knows* that in the UK and the Commonwealth, only Happy Christmas is correct. She’s in “PR” and says it’s important that people be authentic, and that Harry isn’t by allowing Happy Holidays instead of Happy Christmas to be used in the card. She was being completely ridiculous about it, until someone pointed out that she’s an Aussie, living in West Hollywood, so not exactly currently residing in the UK or the Commonwealth. She quickly pivoted to “she wasn’t going to lose her hair over it,” which was exactly what she’d been doing over several tweets. 🙄🙄 I did have to laugh over her insistence that in PR, you must be authentic. Most PR is anything but, depending on the client and the storyline you’re trying to push.

    • swirlmamad says:

      LMAO…that’s what happens when you refuse “half in, half out”. You get overshadowed by a holiday card.

      • Christine says:

        Ha! You are so right!

      • Melly says:

        You are on point. That why I always say rejection is really God’s protection. He may not always give you want you want but he’ll give you what you need.

        I am so happy the RF rejected the half in and half out. Although I’m still convinced Harry anticipated that and was playing chess whilst the RF played Chequers.
        I was feeling grumpy, tired and overworked and overloaded at the thought of Christmas dinner preparation.
        This beautiful card cheered me up no end and reminded me to count my many blessings. So I got on my bicycle and rode whilst singing my head off like a crazy woman and now off to give some money and goods to people who need it.

        A very blessed Christmas to Meghan and Harry and their little family and to all CB’ers.

    • Marivic says:

      In DM today, “Kate Garraway questions if Harry and Meghan’s card showing Lilibet for first time was released to ‘usurp’ the Queen on day details of her Christmas speech.” Duh….

      Also in DM, they’re promoting Kate’s piano performance in her Christmas TV special. Bring it on.

      • equality says:

        Is Kate having a concert the day before the Queen’s speech not taking attention away?

      • Christine says:

        Poor Jesus, Salty Isle just can’t be bothered with anyone stealing his thunder, so long as they are royal!

  76. Amy Bee says:

    Very Cute.

  77. Lizzie says:

    They are good hearted people, cause I would have released this about an hour before tomorrows Kate Is The Hostess And Wears Red Show. Clearly the have all the class and I have none.

  78. D says:

    Archie’s curls and Lili’s smile are just amazing. Beautiful card.

  79. Riverandtree says:

    Aww what a lovely picture and family!

  80. wordnerd says:

    I’d just like to add that “As ever” is the freaking classiest sign-off and I’d like to steal it, however I don’t think I have their cool sophistication to pull it off. Sigh. They’re adorable.

  81. MCG says:

    This is pure joy in picture form. It’s so sweet- and of course these are gorgeous people- so happy for them that they are able to be happy. The kids are gorg, H&M are gorg and I love how they are in denim- true California Cool. Well done!

  82. TeamMeg says:

    Last year they released the card on the 23rd, so I was hoping for today. So happy! Merry Christmas to the Sussexes, and all of you Celebitchies!! xx TM

  83. Mrs. Smith says:

    Someone mentioned above that the Cambs holiday photo lacked joy—that nails it to me. Look at the JOYFUL Sussex family!! Why would anyone believe this family would ever ever return to Salty Tears Island??

  84. tamsin says:

    What a portrayal of proud parents and happiness! I think Lili looks like Archie, who currently looks like Meghan. There’s a picture of Meghan floating around twitter, and Archie has her face. So Archie has red hair from Harry’s side of the family and brown eyes from Meghan. I’m going to bet Lili may have inherited Diana’s blue eyes. Hope we find out one of these days. So interesting that both children have inherited the red hair! For those familiar with genetics, do both parents have to have red hair somewhere in the family line?
    Happy Holidays to everyone.

    • Diamond Rottweiler says:

      Ahem, speaking as a red head, you need a large dose of red heads’ recessive genes on both sides to have red headed children (and then I think the chances are 1/4). Though both parents don’t have to have red hair for this to be the case. In my case, the red skipped both my parents, but came to me from my grandfathers, though I’m the only one of my generation who’s a ginger out of the five of us. My son is blond, but he has red facial hair. So he has the gene for it, too. Red hair and blue/green eyes like Harry’s is the rarest combination on the planet, I believe. I also think red hair is becoming even more rare as people move around globally, reducing the chances for ginger genes to meet. I just wish it didn’t come with skin that turns lobster color after ten minutes on the beach. Uff.

      • anotherlily says:

        Diana’s sisters, brother and father were all redheads when younger. It’s a very strong Spencer family trait. Harry looks like his Aunt Jane and also has the deep set eyes and nose shape of Charles and Philip. Archie’s hair is a combination of Spencer red with the thickness and curls of the Ragland side of his family.

    • JaneBee87 says:

      @Tamsin Yes, to produce a red headed child, both parents need to have the MC1R gene expression; however it can be recessive. For Meghan, it appears to be recessive via her father (there photographs of him with a very red beard when he was younger).

      • Apple says:

        Meghan has freckles. She has that gene. Anyway, I’m thrilled that the Sussexes are carrot heads! Reminds me of the animation, Brave. Cute!

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ Definitely on the Markle side, there are red hair genes, so combined with Harry’s Spencer red hair genes from Diana, the Sussex kids have that gingery red going on. And it looks like Archie has the volume and some of the curly texture of Meg’s hair genes (from her Ragland side). We have to wait and see exactly the shade and texture of Lili Diana’s locks though, as her hair is still coming in, but apparently a bit faster than Archie’s did. LOL!

  85. Julia K says:

    Sweet profile of Archie gives me Doria vibes.

  86. Matthew says:

    when did Alexi Lubomirski start using his title

    • Julia K says:

      Looked this up as I love history; Alexi is descended from a Polish ruling family, but the styling , or use of HSH has since been outlawed. Do not know why now he decides to use this outdated title. Only be knows for sure.

      • Magdalena says:

        Just to be clear: Lubomirski Family is Polish uber-aristorcatic family, but it was not ruling family, or connected to the royal family

  87. taris says:


  88. L4Frimaire says:

    It’s such a sweet picture. They look happy, baby Lilibet is super cute and look at Archie’s red curls! Harry’s DNA is out there representing all the Spencer’s in those kids! I even like the matching denim outfits, which so typical with family Christmas cards. It’s really cheered me up. We say we don’t want a Sussex Christmas card but we love that they put one out.

    • Lady D says:

      I’m really happy that they put out a card like this, the joy in this picture is palpable. I actually didn’t think we would see Lili before her 3rd – 4th birthday.

  89. tamsin says:

    Love Archie’s little white shirt. What a stylish little guy! I think the picture may have been taken in the Tea House. I remember seeing it in the real estate presentations of the Montecito property.

    • TeamMeg says:

      It looks to me like they are sitting outside on some steps, and the windows are reflecting what’s behind the photographer rather than what’s inside the house. Intriguing background anyway (while not at all distracting from the foreground!)

      • aftershocks says:

        @TeamMeg said:
        “… It looks to me like they are sitting outside on some steps …”

        I saw several views of the teahouse recently on Twitter. As a result, I believe you are correct @TeamMeg, that the Sussexes are sitting on steps. It appears to be the steps leading to the teahouse entrance.

        While there may be some background reflection from the windows at the left of the photo, most of the nature we are seeing in the center background is what’s on the other side of the interior teahouse windows. It is really a beautiful, peaceful setting.

    • aftershocks says:

      I believe you are correct @tamsin, based on pictures I’ve seen of the interior and exterior of the teahouse and pond. It’s a beautiful property. There have been articles in which the wealthy American businessman who designed and built the house, described the loving care with which he undertook the project. He and his wife loved the French Provincial style they came across while traveling in the south of France. They wanted to recreate it on the Riven Rock property they purchased. Their children have said they loved growing up there. It’s a beautiful place.

      The Riven Rock area has a fascinating history. The expanse of land was eventually divided into several estates, one of which is where M&H’s home was built during 1999 to 2004.

  90. Normades says:

    They are ridiculously beautiful. Yes It’s so perfect it looks like a jcrew ad but those smiles are not forced.

    Kate wishes she could have a picture like this. When I think back to their card it seemed like they picked that one because they didn’t have any other options. Like Wills couldn’t stand doing a proper photo shoot in England.

  91. Green Desert says:

    What a beautiful family photo. Clearly a moment captured. I love the candid shots they release, nothing posed. Everyone looks so happy and content. I love Archie’s curly red hair!

  92. Joanna says:

    Love the picture and this family!

  93. Alice says:

    Those ginger curls! They all look so natural and happy. Baby Lilibet! The little smile! This is a great Christmas card.

  94. Teddy says:

    Ugh. They’re getting dinged for not using the word ‘Christmas’.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Those folks can all kick rocks. I always put Happy Holidays on our card — to be inclusive of our family members and friends who observe and celebrate all different religions and holidays at this time of year, not just Christmas. They were absolutely right to do the same.

      • L4Frimaire says:

        They are supporting many diverse causes and the people, some of whom are of different faiths. We also send out Happy Holidays cards because not everyone celebrates Christmas, and it encompasses other celebrations and New Years. People who go on about it act like they’ve never heard the phrase before. The usual detractors are always looking for a fight.

      • Apple says:


    • Lorelei says:

      @Teddy, if they had used the word Christmas, they be getting trashed for excluding other religions. I think they’ve reached the point where they know they’ll be criticized no matter what, so they’re going to do whatever they want going forward. I love that they’re so obviously out of fcks to give about what the British media says about them, lol.

    • windyriver says:

      Using Happy Holidays was especially appropriate since, according to Omid, the card was released via Team Rubicon.

  95. ML says:

    Omg, I love their card. It’s bursting with happiness, Lili and Archie are adorable, and the jeans vibe screams American. The fact that they limit their access and then use their family to shine a light on their charities is also a huge plus.
    Happy holidays everybody!
    Who doesn’t like this? The Daily Beast (Tom Sykes) is cranky that (I kid you not) the card says “Happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” Because Meghan (yes, Meghan) is religious, it supposedly should be Christmas. Somebody at the Daily Beast should look up the etymology of “holiday.”

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      The card is inclusive. Like the Sussexes themselves. Sykes and all the other salty ones can get bent.

    • Eurydice says:

      Ok, so Meghan is religious, but she’s not sending herself a card – she’s sending it out to a world that has different religions, even people who aren’t religious. But I guess the BM is used to the way the RF does things, which is to think about themselves first.

    • Lizzie says:

      I’m as Christian as they come and I often say Happy Holidays.
      The hater’s Christmas is ruined because it’s a beautiful photo that they cannot criticize. Sad and pathetic people choosing to spend 24/7 bitter. It is eating their souls.

    • Athena says:

      I don’t get what the complaint is about the Sussexes card. The Cambridges “shared” a picture, ( look at us on holiday in Jordan, dressing the heir in a different color than the spares) they didn’t wish anyone a Happy Christmas or a happy holidays.

  96. TheOriginalMia says:

    Love this card. They do look like an ad, but the card is full of so much warmth and love. Archie’s ginger curls! Lili is a happy baby. So happy for Harry & Meghan. They have succeeded. They are free and happy.

  97. Likeyoucare says:

    For all the speculation and worry from the BRF about Harry and meghan children colour,
    The babies came out translucent white and red hair too.

    Archie is a happy boy and trying to get away from the picture,

    harry had to lock him with his arm and leg while trying to distract lily.

    I noticed meghan is carefree everytime he is with harry.
    She knows that harry will keep her save and watch over her.
    She really trusted him.

  98. MY3CENTS says:

    That’s the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while.
    Gorgeous family.

  99. Otaku fairy says:

    Aww! They’re adorable.

  100. February pisces says:

    This is the sweetest picture ever! Lili is so gorgeous and archie is so cute with his ginger hair. Love it.

  101. Jais says:

    The sussexes are always surprising. Last year, I was surprised at how they did an illustration and it was cute as hell. They so often do the black and white photos so I was absolutely not expecting a full color photo with both of the kids in it. Honestly didn’t expect to even see a pic of Lili at all. Pretty much, they are just fresh as hell and always surprising their fans. Just when you expect them to do one thing, they do another. One of the reasons I think that they so beloved.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Jais, ITA— they always surprise us *and* somehow they also always outdo themselves and top whatever they did last! This photo is so happy and beautiful, my heart can barely take it. It’s just the best.

  102. Twin falls says:

    Such happiness! Love it.

  103. paddingtonjr says:

    H&M always look so genuinely happy around their children, I just can’t help smiling myself!

  104. Murphy says:

    I love Archie’s hair!!!

  105. Margaret says:

    Wow, even kindness on the dailyfail, it must be the Xmas spirit.

  106. Honey says:

    I find it notable that the card reads “happy Holidays” rather than Christmas anything. Isn’t this the first time they’ve done so?

    • Eurydice says:

      Yes, it looks like the first time. Maybe because they’re supporting Afghan relief they decided to go nondenominational.

    • equality says:

      I wonder if it’s just for the aesthetics of how the words appear.

    • Apple says:

      It was released by an Afghan charity. Only appropriate that it’s inclusive. I love how thoughtful they are.

      • windyriver says:

        Not quite. According to Omid the card was given to Team Rubicon to release. TR is a US based organization largely of veterans, providing relief during disasters and other crises. Harry worked with them in the past. Most recently they have been deeply involved with Afghan refugees, at various bases around the US, including Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst in NJ, where H&M met with them. (It looks like TR helped generate/manage the Amazon wish list items some people here donated a while back.). I agree though about this likely being the reason for a more inclusive message on the Sussex card.

        Have supported TR for a few years, but didn’t realize – the idea for the organization started with volunteers who went to assist after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This is exactly the same story as another organization the Sussexes recently supported – World Central Kitchen. No doubt the Sussex connection will also help raise the profile for TR.

  107. Well Wisher says:

    Simply beautiful. Happy Holidays and A Peaceful New Year to the Sussex family.

  108. aquarius64 says:

    Love the picture. Lili is wearing clothes a baby girl in the US would wear. The BM can stay mad because they can’t make money off the pictures. A special lump of coal to Bad Dad and the demon half siblings. This is the only way they will see the Sussex kids and they will never get close to take full frontal pictures of them to sell to the tabloids.

  109. Cherriepie84 says:

    Joy to the world! What a beautiful and happy family. Such a pleasant surprise today 🙂 I’m grinning from ear to ear.

  110. Over it says:

    Is it just me or do these two make happiness hot as hell?

  111. Tessa says:

    what darling, beautiful happy children.

  112. Red Weather Tiger says:

    I love this SO MUCH. I was so surprised when it popped up on my twitter feed—and I actually got tears in my eyes. They look so happy, and they are all so beautiful.

    The rip in Harry’s jeans is *chef’s kiss.*

  113. Silent Star says:

    Everyone’s said what I’m feeling, but I want to join in the love fest! They are a beautiful family and look healthy and happy. What I like best about the photo is that their authenticity shines through. I wish them all the best.

  114. Tessa says:

    It’s Prince Charles big loss, the way he behaved towards them not seeing such a beautiful family and his beautiful grandchildren. . I hope the Spencer aunts visit them.

  115. Dee Kay says:

    I *love* that they listed the orgs they have donated to this holiday season. I will definitely add Team Rubicon to my end-of-year donation list now that some of you have educated me in this comments thread about what they do — thank you!!! And the fact that the kids are in profile so their likenesses can’t be reproduced everywhere is sheer genius. It’s great to be a fan of the Sussexes because they are legitimately smart, beautiful, thoughtful, loving, and generous — truly admirable in every way.

  116. Marla Singer says:

    Love it!! Beautiful photo!

    • purplecupcakes says:

      Kate and Carole are seething. They could hire all the world’s photographers and there would be one thing missing from the card – the love and happiness of a healthy family.

  117. Sof says:

    Good luck trying to compete with that!

  118. purplecupcakes says:

    This has to be my favorite Christmas card of all royals EVER.

    Its so elegant without looking overdone and pompous (cough cough Cambridges). Also no colonialist vibes (again Cambridges).

    Archie and Lilli made my heart melt. I’m so glad Harry has a little family to call his own in spite of his own relatives being a-holes.

  119. Athena says:

    The person(s) who had concerns about skin color now has their answer. These beautiful red headed babies would have been PR gold uncle and grandpa, your loss.

    • Liz Version 700 says:

      Their loss indeed. The kids are better off with limited or no contact with the racist relatives, but they would have been PR gold indeed. Now they can just be kids

    • Cee says:

      That was my thought, too. They are even fairer than the Cambridge kids.

      Too bad grandpa Wrinkled Sausage and Uncle Spoiled Egg were so anxious about it they couldn’t wait for the Sussex children to even be born.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ But honestly, Sussex children with light golden brown or cafe au lait skin colors would be just as much pr gold. There’s too much ridiculous hang-ups over skin color in our global culture. The truth is, every skin color comes from black. Light comes out of dark. One is not possible without the other.

        Clearly, Doria Ragland has light-skinned genes in her DNA (on her mother’s and on her father’s side), which is how Meghan came out as light as she did. Had Doria & T. Markle had more children, some would have had deeper-toned skin than Meghan’s. There was very slight odds that any of M&H’s children would have darker skin than Meg’s. They would have had to conceive many children to see any possible slightly deeper-toned skin color variation.

        Skin color in every human changes over a lifetime, in any case. Plus, everyone has undertones and overtones to their skin. Currently, it looks like Archie has his father’s fair, red coloring. But I wonder whether or not his skin would burn in the sun as much as Harry’s. Lili appears to have fair coloring as well, but she’s still a baby, and babies can change over time.

        Dark eyes and dark hair are both derived from melanin btw. Even red hair (surprise, surprise) evolves from melanin-related DNA. All humans are connected. These biological facts should be the lessons we learn from the utter stupidity and racism of the current inheritors of the House of Windsor!

      • swirlmamad says:

        @aftershocks, this is so true. I’m black and my husband white. One of my girls is super-duper fair — and even lighter-skinned esp in the winter months than her dad with his Irish genes. In the summer the most she gets is a light golden tan, and her freckles multiply by the dozens. She’ll burn if she doesn’t reapply sunblock, but not as easily as my husband does. Then my other daughter normally has a light brown complexion, but in the summer just 15 minutes in the sun bronzes her up. She gets a beautiful deep tan and rarely if ever burns. All to say that they come from the same DNA/genes, and their skin tones are markedly different. If Harry and Meghan had a 3rd (I know they don’t plan to), who knows, a little melanin might be poppin’ 😄

    • Nicole Fallen says:

      The jokes write themselves. All those doting grandpa photos that Prince Charles will now miss out on especially looks bad in the commonwealth countries. You know Kate is hating William in extreme measures because he won’t give another baby so that she could A) get good press for 9 months + and B) give her an added 3 -4 years of not working since she wants to raise her kids “normally” like other people. Lol. C) She wants to compete with the Queen so that she has four kids too. D) Loses the PR war with Meghan because she doesn’t have the youngest kids anymore. E) Wishing she had never named Charlotte after Prince Charles but had just named her Elizabeth Diana or Diana Elizabeth because now everyone will forever associate both of those names with the Sussex family and not the Cambridge’s. The best part is Diana is getting the last laugh since those Spencer genes are super strong in the Sussex family. Harry and his beautiful kids are Diana’s true legacy – she has spit in the Windsors face from beyond the grave. William’s kids are all Middleton and this Christmas photo must make him so mad plus he has to look in the mirror and know that Diana’s golden hair has run away from his head. Poor Charles – so much for trimming the tree that is the Monarchy but being so stupid that he left himself with a tree stump and some broken twigs…Lol! Charles doesn’t get that great visual on the balcony either – William, I guess the Sussex kids have now proven they are the right color? Especially since they are lighter than your own kids…This is what happens when Gingers snap!!!

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ Oh exactly @Nicole Fallen! When Gingers snap!!! Thanks for the LOL! Karma is brutal and it’s right on time for all the salty royal bitters. On Twitter, someone said, Diana looked down one day and decided to snatch all her good looks from ‘Whatsit’ and give them all to Haz’s kids. LOL! That’s funny. Diana’s fair-skinned genes and red hair are definitely coming through strongly from Harry and mixing with Meg’s recessive red hair genes, so that’s what we are seeing in Archie & Lili.

        Truthfully, Prince George also has a bit of Diana in him physically and through his love of dancing — I hope for his sake that the Diana in his personality doesn’t get snuffed out. I also hope Charlotte grows up to rebel and that she runs off to Cali to get to know her Sussex cousins.

        BTW, Diana had strawberry blond hair, and she lightened her hair when she grew up. William probably got his blond hair mainly from Philip’s genes, and perhaps from the Queen’s paternal side (as her father’s brother, the Duke of Windsor, had blond hair). William’s balding in large part comes from Diana’s paternal grandfather!

        @swirlmamad, thanks so much for sharing. There’s different mixtures of skin tones in my family too. As I said, historically the human race is all intermixed, and the variety is what makes for richness, flow, and diversity. This is what we truly need to survive and thrive within the complexities we all face on a global scale. Maybe one day, the false constructs and hang-ups over skin color will cease to exist. For sure, the Sussexes and caring, enlightened couples like them are teaching us many lessons, if we are open to learning.

        Take a look at the Grimwade family on YouTube (a mixed — British-Jamaican family). The Grimwades have five kids, and boy what a lovely, inspiring family. Lots of fun and lots of lessons there as well. The couple posted a video in which they watch and discuss the M&H Oprah interview with their kids. Check it out!

      • Apple says:

        LMAOOO! “plus he has to look in the mirror and know that Diana’s golden hair has run away from his head”. Hilarious!!

      • Jais says:

        “This is what happens when Gingers snap”

        Omg @nicole fallen. Too funny and now I’m hungry for some ginger snaps.

  120. Nan says:

    This was a great Christmas gift, actually! So grateful they shared this sweet, happy, RADIANT holiday photo with new baby Lili – it made me tear up. I’m sure dozens and dozens of shots were taken and this is the one they chose, which speaks volumes. They’re just beautiful people, inside and out. I wish them all the very, very best!

  121. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I wonder if one (or both) of them has the artistic eye, or if they just choose professionals who know what they are doing? But their staged photos always look great! (Here is where I feel compelled to drag in the other couple by comparison — despite all the PR push to make Kate the Art History Major into some kind of professional photographer, W & K’s photos are nearly always terrible).

    • Sofia says:

      I think maybe both? Harry does take a lot of photographs which I really like (I’m not a professional though) so one half of the couple has an eye for photos already (and maybe Meghan is good at photos too) but they also hire great people to take their photos. And being photogenic helps too 😉

  122. Loretta says:

    They’re a such beautiful family. The Kids are so cute

  123. Barbie1 says:

    What beautiful kids! Wish we had a clearer view of baby L.

  124. Zut Alors says:

    Laughing delightfully in festive 😄

    • swirlmamad says:

      HA! Now there’s a “festive glance” if I ever saw one 😄

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ Tee hee! I couldn’t agree more. Festive baby joy and giggles! Lili Diana love!!! Grandma Diana is surely giving her son Harry and his beautiful family festive blessings galore. LOL!

  125. Coffeeisgood says:

    I love this card and those kids are seriously so cute! Im loving Archie’s red hair. Im so curious if Lili will have the red hair too!

  126. House of No says:

    I’m so happy for them. Totally beautiful!!

  127. @poppedbubble says:

    Wow. Every time I check to read another post, I see that the comments on this post have doubled. This is a “Powe Post ” 😊 But to the topic at hand, everything about it had me smiling. What a great card. Happy holidays to all.

    • Nyro says:

      I checked out a Cambridge page on Instagram. In just a few hours, the Sussex Christmas photo got over twice as many comments as the Cambridge Christmas photo has in almost two weeks. 😂😂

      • PoppedBubble says:

        I try not to say it, but I’m gonna say it. Ya gotta love it! 🙂

      • Lizzie says:

        I’m sorry to say but they were all stiff and looked like they were in a cave. It just wasn’t a good pic. Don’t know why they used it, there must have been family photos where people looked like they were having a good time.

      • booboocita says:

        Everyone says the Cambs holiday photo has colonizer vibes. Personally, I think it has hostage vibes. Upper-middle class family went on vacation in the Middle East and was taken by some splinter cell, and they’re being held for ransom. Proof of life, anyone?

    • PoppedBubble says:


  128. KC says:

    GORGEOUS family photo. Archie’s, full, curly, red hair!😍. Lili looks like Baby Archie to me. I wonder why Megs is the only one with shoes.🤔. Sometimes H looks like he’s balding to me and other times he looks like he’s got an ample amount of hair on his head. This is “other times”.

  129. jferber says:

    Best pic ever. I remember in another photo of Prince Harry with bare feet, the salty British press had a podiatrist comment that Harry’s feet were deformed. WTF? That’s some nasty ridiculousness. I love this photo so much. It really gives me the joy and love of the season, of life. Well done. And yes, they have two little redheads!

    • equality says:

      Military service has actually led to foot problems in many veterans so that is a disgusting comment.

      • Jaded says:

        jferber is not commenting that his feet are nasty, she’s stating that the BM insinuated *wrongly* that his feet are deformed and she’s defending him.

      • equality says:

        I meant the podiatrist’s comment was disgusting not jferber.

    • Gabby says:

      Good grief, what self-respecting podiatrist would go on tv to be used in this manner?

  130. Nyro says:

    Outside of photos of just Diana and her two kids after the divorce, I’ve never seen a royal family unit look this genuinely joyful and loving. You can feel the warmth through the screen. The looks on their faces is just 😍😭😍😭. Look at Harry especially. I don’t ever think I’ve seen a royal male revel in his family like that. Not Philip, not Charles, not William, etc. Leaving that old musty, dusty, and soulless institution behind was the best decision ever.

    • Lizzie says:

      Do you think William sees this and remembers what it was like to be in a happy family? Cause his current family pic’s sure don’t look happy.

      • Nyro says:

        Who knows? He’s full on Windsor so I don’t think that he actually even cares about having a genuinely happy family. I think he’s just pissed off that Harry has something he doesn’t.

      • notasugarhere says:

        IMO W&K have never been a ‘happy family’.

      • Jaded says:

        He’s too narcissistic to be happy. Narcissists are constantly on the lookout to “best” everyone else and when they can’t, they turn on you. I’ve had plenty of experience with toxic narcissists and borderlines, they are so emotionally stunted it’s like trying to deal with a spoiled toddler. They’re like little children in that they have no control over their emotions, and are so self-obsessed that good qualities like empathy, sympathy and remorse are either simply not part of their make-up or are completely over-ridden by negative emotions like jealousy, revenge, spite and anger. William is all of these.

  131. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    This is adorable and amazing. That red hair!!!!!
    I just wanna smoosh Lili’s cheeks and just hug hug hug Archie!!!! Great shot.
    But if I am being honest, I would love to see those babies in their Halloween costumes…can you IMAGINE?!?!?
    Wonder if this will shut the idiots up about skin color, etc…never mind, I just answered my own question

  132. Nyro says:

    The red hair is everything!! Those babies said “Spencer, NOT Windsor”. And from looking at all the comments on social media, the fact is, these babies are seen as Diana’s grandbabies in a way that the others aren’t. Sorry, not sorry.

    • Nicole Fallen says:

      There is no jingling of bells down the halls of Windsor or Kensington, there is the smashing of glassware by Prince William can be heard – so look down, mind you slip…Approaching 40 years old, has been welcoming to some, the Duchess of Cambridge tries to arrange her wiglets while looking glum but her hair is still askew making Carole unhappy too. Prince Charles is mad because he didn’t think ahead, to the balcony photos that he has lost now without the Sussex fam and all the future commonwealth kids. The Duchess of Cornwall lives without a care, she drinks in the corner smiling at things as they appear. The Queen in all her finery, missing Prince Phillip – She knows what he would have said about this Christmas card, “Lillibet, I’m sorry but you and Charles – F$%&ed up!!!”

      • CQ says:

        And a good night to all without happiness or cheer! The royals
        f-upped so this the future without stars! Happy Christmas Sussex family.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ I believe that somehow this was all fated, just as M&H were fated to meet, fall in love, and marry. They have a deep, soulmate connection that just is. They even said when they were courting that they immediately felt so comfortable with each other. Plus, the fact that their humanitarian interests are so in sync and authentic also seems to be proof of astrological indications. If you believe in such, check out their charts. It was foolish for jealous, petty people to think they could break M&H’s bond.

        It’s uplifting to see a love so drastically tested come through such abusive attacks and heartbreak to be thriving stronger than ever. Re-watch their engagement interview. They knew so much then about who they were together in the world. They told everyone who was really listening what their love and what their passions in life were about. Harry said, “Our relationship comes first. Whatever we have to face, we’ll face it together.” No one in the royal firm was listening.

        Much like the royal rota, the firm thought they owned Harry, and they took him for granted. Meanwhile, they mistook his kindness, his emotional neediness, and his easygoing charm for weakness. Meghan saw Harry for the strong, compassionate leader that he is. His spirit buoyed up and his chest pumped out with pride when he won her heart. Together, they did what they were meant to do within the firm; they tried and they gave it their all. The abuse and rejection that was continually directed at Meghan, and that was not stopped by QE-II or by Charles is what it is. The Windsors’ inability to learn. History repeating itself.

        Diana’s karmic energies unleashed to protect her youngest son’s happiness since she couldn’t protect her own. Harry was born to be a soldier. He was courageous enough to lead his family out of danger. In the process, he is fulfilling his destiny and embodying his mother’s legacy. That California became the Sussexes’ final destination is fitting and meant to be. Meghan and Lili, are both California girls born and bred! How fitting after all Meghan has endured, that she could spend Lili’s pregnancy near her mother, in the security and comfort of her Montecito haven, in the country and state where she was born.

        Continued blessings to the Sussex family for the uplifting example they set, and for all the good they are doing in the world.

      • Apple says:

        @aftershocks , You have no idea how much I love your comment. You said everything that needs to be said. I fully agree with you!

  133. Feeshalori says:

    Such beautiful children and a modern royal family. This is such a dynamic picture, l love that they’re not posed and static. You can see the joy that emanates from them. The Sussexes constantly prove what the bitter royals have lost.

  134. Jewell says:

    This photo is perfection. I love everything about it. Lilibet and Archie are precious and seem so delightful. Lol at noticing Meghan’s sweatshirt. It was the very last thing I noticed but love that too.

  135. nina says:

    Aaaaawwww. Finally.

  136. Knoppersisdelicious says:

    Best Royal Christmas Card. Lovely picture. Full of joy, relaxed warmth and happiness. Notice how close they are seated. Everybody physically connected, very tactile. Nobody is looking at us, the viewers. They are too busy enjoying the giggles of a happy, cute baby beaming right back at them.

    • swirlmamad says:

      It’s just so real, and interestingly to your point at them not looking at the camera/us the viewers, it still elicits happiness in anyone seeing this photo. Unlike another stiff, put-on, faking-it-till-they-make-it holiday photo, this one is just so naturally joyful and warm, and proof that they truly are and will be all right.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Swirlmamad, I love the way you phrased this! It DOES elicit happiness in almost everyone who sees it. And I feel like it is very rare that a single family’s Christmas card does this! It is utter perfection, and exactly what we all needed right now, a large dose of happiness ❤️

      • aftershocks says:

        Guys, listen to the “Another Sussex Podcast” episode on photographer, Alexi Lubomirski, which was posted six days ago. It is prescient and enlightening. The host has also updated that episode to discuss Lubomirski’s sweet Instagram post about having the privilege of taking this holiday photo this summer. He took M&H’s engagement and wedding photos, so this family photo comes full circle. Lubomirski is someone with passions in sync with those of the Sussexes. They are comfortable in his presence, and his skills as a photographer beautifully come to the fore. But he also has such wonderful, loving subjects he’s captured in a moment of pure love and joy.

        Spoiler alert: Lubomirski trained under Mario Testino (famous Peruvian-born photographer who took iconic photos of Diana, especially the ones taken during the year she died).

  137. LovesitinNM says:

    The ginger curls! I love seeing them happy.

  138. Gingerbee says:

    I love the Sussexes Christmas card

  139. Jaded says:

    This photo is full of joy and spontaneity, not some carefully posed, hands on thighs nonsense. Love it!

  140. vs says:

    I just love it! Like many others, it is amazing how I can be so happy about the Happiness of strangers but I am delighted to see Meghan so happy in the middle of all the ginger kids and husband
    1) I love that they highlighted the charities
    2) LiliDi smile is everything
    3) Archie’s hair….my heart, oh my heart
    Harry’s courage in leaving everything behind was well worth it!
    Happy Holidays to you all

  141. Che says:

    I can’t stop smiling at this picture of family love and joy. This is a fan gift for the holidays.

  142. Ncki says:

    That creepy Tom Sykes over at Daily Beast is trying to make it a Big Thing that the card doesn’t use the word ‘Christmas’. Gotta be some kind of miserable that you’re unable to just enjoy something so lovely.

  143. JRenee says:

    Beautiful family!

  144. Tara says:

    This is such a beautiful photo. Just waiting for the pro-Cambridge squad to complain that it’s an attempt to overshadow Kate.

  145. Marivic says:

    For Harry and Meghan their family is the heart and essence of Christmas. Thanks for sharing your family’s warmth, happiness and love with the world.

  146. Robin Samuels says:

    Such a beautiful holiday photo. Modern-day royals. Thumbs up for denim jeans. Knowing what they went through to be where they are today confirms that love always wins. Look at the amazing charity organization they recognize and support. It’s never just about them. The leadership of the British Royal Monarchy chose to champion the wrong side of history.

  147. Avra says:

    What a beautiful picture!

  148. PrincessK says:

    Wonderful family portrait. As usual the Sussexes got it just right. Beautiful 😍

  149. HeatherC says:

    Archie: “Dearest Auntie RepliKate. Let me show you how to wear red.”

  150. Amy T says:

    What everyone else said – they look ebullient, Lili is darling and you can feel how much they love each other. Peace on Earth, indeed!

  151. Leah says:

    Love, love, love, love it!!!!!!!!

  152. blunt talker says:

    That truly is naturally beautiful photo of the Sussex family-Lilibeth looks like Archie and Harry around the eyes with the smile of Meghan-they have a more relaxed way with the kids-Harry does not want his kids feeling like a wind-up toy-they want their children show expression whenever they feel like it-I think I read that Meghan and Harry said Lilibeth is a happy baby and is a joy to be around-I think Archie is going to be a little more serious-the red hair on Archie is gorgeous-his hair looks thick like his mama-he is a handsome little boy-God bless the Sussex family and keep them safe-Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas to everyone.

    • Jan says:

      That was US magazine that said that, what parent is Going to say a child is a joy to be around.
      Meghan said Archie was a calm baby or words to that effect and Harry replied, I wonder where he got it from.

  153. blunt talker says:

    PS-Princess Diana and the Spencer family are in full force in the Sussex family-as Harry once said he is his mother’s son.

    • Feeshalori says:

      Yes, Diana is truly in the Sussex house.

    • aftershocks says:

      ^^ Harry’s eyes, ears and nose all come from his grandfather, Philip Mountbatten (Charles also gets these features from Philip). But for Harry, mostly everything else (including his red hair, his long legs and his lanky frame), is Spencer! Thankfully, Harry did NOT inherit the Windsor hands with fat fingers (ugh)…

      Best of all, Harry has his mother’s personality, her charm, her sense of mischief, and her loving kindness!

  154. nina says:

    And just like that they knock Duke Humpty and the Duchess of Buttons and Bows right off the front pages.

  155. Jezz says:

    So. Many. Little. Toes!!!! Xoxo

  156. L4Frimaire says:

    The little ones are adorable but just have to say Harry and Meghan look so good! They are just such a beautiful couple! Love this photo.

  157. Apple says:

    Absolutely heartwarming to see happiness radiate on their faces. Lovely. A beautiful Christmas gift to all Sussex fans. Happy holidays everyone! <3

  158. lemontwist says:

    What a beautiful picture. Like many others here said, it makes me happy to see how happy they are with their sweet family all together. And that they’re free to choose when & how to share a special moment like this.
    Growing up, my younger brother had curly red hair just like Archie’s, so there’s an extra soft spot in my heart for ginger kiddos. 🧡 Happy holidays Sussex fam. 🤗

  159. Julia K says:

    While I am still smiling after seeing this beautiful family picture, comes the nastiness from the U.K. media; Harry and Meghan have usurped the Queens’ Christmas speech by releasing the photo. I believe the photo was timed NOT to distract from Kate or the Queen. Just can’t win. Anyway, Merry Christmas everyone.

  160. equality says:

    wrong spot

  161. Lizzie says:

    This reminds me of the photo of H&M under the umbrella in the rain. It’s so undeniably joyful and charming that even the most bitter haters cannot say it isn’t perfect. I don’t know how they do it, but I’m so glad they continue to shine.
    Merry Christmas
    Happy Holidays

    • aftershocks says:

      ^^ I think M&H continue to shine because they have each other, they are in love, they are fulfilling their purpose and achieving their goals. They are blessed to have the love of their mothers, very strong and present with them in life and in death. Plus, they are strong and steadfast in their faith. They also have wonderful, loyal friends who are like family, along with the love and prayers of strangers around the world.

      Most of all, M&H have their children — God’s blessings personified!

  162. Gina says:

    Side note: I like how Harry is putting his hand on Archie. There’s something very “fatherly” in his gesture. Like loving restraint and protection..

    • swirlmamad says:

      A big part of Harry’s appeal is how fiercely and wholeheartedly he loves and protects his wife and children. He’s always been my favorite Windsor (though I did love me some Diana when she was alive), but especially after the last few years, I will always stan Harry mainly for that reason.

  163. jferber says:

    Meg and Harry are so beloved and noteworthy that they’d have to put out a Christmas card in July to not pull focus from the other royals during Christmas week. It’s not the prince and duchess’ fault that the other royals are so lackluster that they can’t captivate the world with their own perfunctory and mediocre efforts. Titles are not enough, but they will never learn that.

  164. Lulu says:

    Archie is the star of this photo! He’s gonna be such a heartbreaker 😍 Gives me hope that I could have a ginger baby too! My hubby is also a redhead and I have similar coloring as Meghan. I always assumed that my genes would dominate but maybe not after all 😄

  165. Petra says:

    The joy, tenderness and glow of this card says it all…Freedom and Peace! May Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry, Lilibeth and Archie continue to be happy, healthy and safe.

    The Sussex family holiday card got me out of my holiday funk. I’m glad to see them supporting these organizations @TeamRubicon, @welcomeus, @GoHumanFirst, @HumanityCrew, @PaidLeaveforAll, @PaidLeaveUS and #MarshallPlanForMoms.

    I think this is the second year in a roll that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan release their Christmas/Holiday card on December 23rd. The card upstaging anyone else is not the Sussex’s problem. If a card with a delightful family can upstage you or you’re angry about a lovely family portrait on a card then it’s time to seek serious therapy.

    I wish everyone here a happy Christmas and wonderful Holiday.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      It really is such a joyous photo of a happy family. Freedom from toxic chains is liberating and uplifting. Team Rubicon is active in my state and I donated. Yep, in honor of I put first name: Duke & Duchess – last name: of Sussex.

      They weren’t upstaging anyone by design. It naturally happens when you happen to be more charismatic. No one was stopping people from posting on the Queen’s message or someone else’s curious piano performance. The reality is a lot of people just don’t care about those two things.

      I hope Celebitchy discusses the performance tomorrow.

      • Che says:

        The picture of baby Lili just mesmerizes me! I can almost feel this family’s joy and love for one another. This is a Christmas treat for the eyes and soul. I am so thankful for this family.

  166. alane says:

    Such a gorgeous family photo. They look so relaxed and naturally happy. The children are sooo adorable.

  167. Lady D says:

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  168. Greenfingers says:

    Kate playing the piano, should top this, people


    • Tessa says:

      And the usual overpraise of Kate and put down Meghan and Harry in the DF.

      • SwirlmamaD says:

        It’s pretty sickening to see. They literally cannot praise her without crowing how M is “sooooo jealous”. Give me a break…I think we can all rest assured that Meghan isn’t thinking twice about Kate and her little performance…she’s celebrating Christmas with her gorgeous little family.

        And sadly if Kate were a different person I might have been willing to give her kudos for actually doing something she had to put in effort to prepare for…but she doesn’t deserve sh*t so imma keep my mouth closed. Lol.

      • Nic919 says:

        The clip of Diana sitting down to play Rachmaninov impromptu really demonstrates how mediocre Kate is even at her piano skills. Playing a few broken chords over and over again is basically stuff a child can do after a few years of lessons. And this was taped and not live.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      LOLZ is right. A fakakta piano performance topping a warm, loving, joyful family photo that includes a baby that hasn’t been publicly seen before (that said unseen image of has been written about for months) is not going to happen. No matter how hard the BM and others try.

      Even the over wordy imbecile Piers M could only come up with three words: A proper Duchess. LOL He couldn’t even comment on her musical abilities. I took piano lessons for two years in my youth. (not very good btw but 2 of my siblings are) I’ve played the flute, clarinet and saxophone. First chair in the last two. Prerecorded. If Kate had any talent or confidence in her abilities, a live performance, with the few chords played, would not be a problem. I’m sure the attendees of such a “performance” would be in awe.LOL

  169. Pat Gaddess says:

    I am from the US and grew up next to Little House on the Prairie My family farm is right next door Somehow Kate and Charlotte’s dresses always remind me of that The women are all dressed to be barely seen

  170. Marivic says:

    Kate playing the piano hasn’t stopped this family photo to be talked about. Meghan’s still trending even days after Kate plays the piano. Nobody’s interested in Kate’s musical prowess except a few Brits . Kate’s reach is local; Meghan’s is global.

    • purplecupcakes says:

      Yeah I could not care less about Kate playing the piano. I tried to watch that video and instead spent an hour trying to figure out where the shoes Meghan was wearing in the Christmas Card were from.

    • Apple says:

      Exactly. You can’t compete when you don’t compare. Funny thing is, her supporters are can’t seem to talk about Kate without bringing up ‘Meghan’. Only shows you how utterly dull and mediocre Kate is. Meghan is way out of Kate’s mediocre league. She’s in the league of her own.

  171. Elle says:

    God bless this little family
    I pray God protect this beautiful family.
    Diana and Harry and Meghan’s maternal ancestors are protecting them

  172. jferber says:

    aftershocks, your post makes me tearful. Such lovely observations. Thank you.

    • aftershocks says:

      ^^ You are very welcome @jferber! Thanks for sharing your feelings. Everyone here have had so many lovely, fun, and thought-provoking things to say. There is such a sense of love and gratitude in all of these comments. The Sussexes truly inspire us all.

      BTW, I’ve been riffing so much here with my reflections, I’m not sure which post of mine you are referencing, but I suppose you mean the comments I posted under #133 section. 🙂

      Best wishes to everyone this holiday season, and many blessings in the New Year!

  173. Isa says:

    Love this card! And that they’re using Lili’s first photo to highlight important charities.

  174. Serena says:

    Nothing like the stiff photos their relatives in Salty Island take. I love the vibe they have going on, loving and comfortable as it should be. I’m obsessed with Archie’s red curls, and Lilibeth is just adorable.

  175. Margaret says:

    I tried to listen to the kate playing the piano but the guy was singing so loud and strumming his guitar, I could hardly hear the piano. Now she is a Saint?, give me a break.
    They need something anything from kate to go overboard on. When piers chimed in I knew it was amateur hour, and that is OK, but the overboard response is to be expected. Anything she does is just so.

    • equality says:

      If you managed to hear the piano at all, you did better than I did. She could have played 90% offkey and nobody would have known.

  176. Elle says:

    Cambridges are in a panic mode to top this beautiful picture 😂😂😂 you can’t fake real happiness

  177. Jaded says:

    Why aren’t the Lamebridges posting a heartfelt eulogy about the passing of the legendary Desmond Tutu? You can bet the Sussexes will. Remember the adorable photos of them with Archie? Meghan said, about the visit with him:

    “I think Archie will look back at this in so many years and understand that right at the beginning of his life he was fortunate enough to have this moment with one of the best and most impactful leaders of out times…it’s really special.”

    Kate plays a simple song that any 10 year old given piano lessons could do and everyone gasps. GMAFB.

    • swirlmamad says:

      TQ issued a statement about Archbishop Tutu’s passing and mentioned that it was on behalf of the whole Royal Family, so W+K won’t feel pressed to say anything beyond that. 🙄 Meghan and Harry did issue a statement earlier in the day.

      • Jaded says:

        The Sussexes come through once again and W&K shirk off even posting a simple message of condolence and appreciation for the tireless work Tutu did for so long onto the Queen. If the Cambridges want to be respected on the world stage as FFK and FFQC they must step up to the plate and at least show more than indifference to the death of a world leader of his caliber.

    • aftershocks says:

      ^^ That’s so true about Kate and the ridiculous cacophony surrounding her pre-taped piano tinkling. LOL! The way the rota, the haters and the deranged hater channels keep projecting their own embittered and jealous feelings onto Meghan, is pathetic. There is no competition. Meghan is in a different stratosphere, taking care of her family, finding ways to make the world a better place, and interacting with world-renowned movers-and-shakers. All the salty, jealous fools need to learn how to mind their own business, and leave the Sussexes’ names out of their mouths.

      Meanwhile @Jaded, thank you so much for quoting Meghan’s words about when the two Arch’s met! It’s so true and amazing how Archie will grow up and realize how fortunate he was to have had that opportunity at the beginning of his own life to meet such a remarkable, compassionate giant of our time.

      R.I.P. Archbishop Desmond Tutu! Thanks for your kind service to humanity!

  178. Feeshalori says:

    She’s cosplaying her mother-in-law when Diana played Rachmaninov during her Australian tour. Diana was an accomplished pianist who probably would have used Kate’s efforts as a warm-up exercise.

    • purplecupcakes says:

      I wonder if they realize how stupid they look with the obvious cosplay. It is beyond insane for a 40 year old woman to be cosplaying her dead mother-in-law but when Kate does it it’s cool and she’s “paying homage”.

    • Marivic says:

      Even on the piano Kate was kind of wooden— no emotions. Unlike Diana’s performance of Rachmaninov during her Australian tour, you could see there was passion albeit a very short performance. The camera didn’t stay on Kate for a length of time; it would always cut away to other performers. So I couldn’t say she’s a good pianist. It was just too hyped by the media but there really wasn’t so much to see.