Meghan and Harry share festive Christmas card but miss out on showing Archie and Lilibet

Meghan and Harry share festive Christmas card but miss out on showing Archie and Lilibet

Harry and Meghan in for 'rude awakening'

Oliver Trapnell

By Oliver Trapnell

Published: 15/12/2023

- 19:03

Updated: 15/12/2023

- 20:10

The card also featured a highlight reel of their best moments

Meghan and Harry have released their annual Christmas card, but decided not to show their two children Archie and Lilibet.

The card was released on Friday with a message reading: “On behalf of the office of Prince Harry & Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Archewell Productions and Archewell Foundation, we wish you a very happy holiday season.

“Thanks for all the support in 2023!”

The card also featured a highlights reels of Harry and Meghan's best moments from the past year.

Meghan and Harry Christmas card

Meghan and Harry's Christmas card


Deciding not to share a picture with their children, which they did in 2021 when they revealed Lilibet for the first time, the picture is diametrically opposed to William and Kate’s family-oriented Christmas card picture.

The Prince and Princess of Wales opted for a monochrome family photo for their Christmas card this year while King Charles and Queen Camilla chose a photo from the Coronation.

Chosen by the Prince and Princess of Wales, the picture features the family, all wearing plain shirts, arranged around a smiling Princess Charlotte who is seated on a chair.

The family photo was captured by Yorkshire-born photographer Josh Shinner whose previous sitters include Florence Pugh, Jodie Comer and Sam Smith.

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The release of Harry and Meghan’s Christmas card also coincides with the conclusion of the Duke of Sussex’s court case against the Mirror Group Newspapers.

Harry was awarded £140,600 in a phone hacking case against the newsgroup.

Following the trial, Harry's lawyer in a statement accused TV presenter Piers Morgan of “clearly knowing about the illegal activities” taking place at Mirror Group Newspapers.

Morgan has in the past denied all allegations of wrongdoing when it comes to alleged unlawful information gathering.

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Prince Harry's representative David Sherborne spoke outside the court, reading a statement from the duke.

He said: “The court has ruled that unlawful and criminal activities were carried out at all three Mirror Group Newspaper titles... on a habitual and widespread basis for over more than a decade.

“This case is not just about hacking, it is about a systemic practice of unlawful and appalling behaviour, followed by coverups and destruction of evidence.”

Sherborne said the court found principal board directors, senior executives and editors “such as Piers Morgan clearly knew about or were involved in these illegal activities”.

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