Prince Harryhas once again showed how well he’s embracing his relaxed LA lifestyle by going barefoot in a trendy Christmas photoshoot.
Harry and Meghan today shared the first photo of their daughter Lilibet Diana, six months after she was born in a family photoshoot with their two-year-old son Archie.
The Duke and Duchess of sussex have been portraying themselves in a more laidback manner since stepping down as senior royals in January last year, and today was no exception.
Leaning into their LA image, Harry, 37, was seen smiling at his wife – who was holding up their giggling daughter – wearing ripped denim jeans, a casual shirt, beaded bracelets and no shoes.
The Sussexes, who are currently residing in a $14.7million mansion in Montecito, released the card to announce they’ve made a donation to several charities, including an organisation that supports displaced Afghan families.
The relaxed family photograph shows Archie, who has inherited his dad’s red hair, casually dressed in jeans like the rest of the family smiling at his mum as Meghan holds up baby Lilibet.
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor – named after the Queen’s childhood nickname – was born on June 4 in Santa Barbara, California, and is eighth in line to the throne.
The baby – a younger sister for the Sussexes’ two-year-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor – was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital weighing 7lbs 11oz.
A statement from the couple’s press secretary said: ‘It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.
‘Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.
‘She weighed 7lbs 11oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.
‘Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.
‘Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.
‘This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
‘The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.’
The relaxed approach is a world away from the rigid rules of the Royal Family, which saw the couple bend royal protocol as they hugged in public and walked barefoot along Bondi Beach in 2018
The couple, who are preparing to spend their third festive period outside of the UK, also opted for American phrases and spellings in their message – using ‘Happy Holidays’ rather than the British ‘Merry Christmas’ in their card.
‘This year we welcomed out daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a “Mama and Papa” and Lili made us a family,’ their message read.
‘As we look forward to 2022 we have made donations on your behalf to several organizations that honor and protect families – from those being relocated from Afhghanistan to American famiilies in need of paid parental leave.’
Today’s card marks another change for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have hidden their children’s faces in recent photographs.
Archie has rarely been seen since the couple stepped back as senior royals in March last year, with the most recent picture of him released to mark his second birthday this May showing him with his back to the camera.