The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on Thursday shared the first image of their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, in a family portrait featured on their official Christmas card.
“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 Afghanistan, to American families in need of paid parental leave.”
“To be trusted by your subjects enough, to open themselves up and have their connection documented and translated into an image, is one of the greatest gifts a photographer can have,” Lubomirski wrote. “This day with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was one such joyous experience, and one that I feel extremely privileged to have been invited to capture.”
This year’s picture is different from the family’s 2020 holiday card, which was a stylized image of Harry, Meghan, and Archie with the family’s rescue dogs, Guy, a beagle, and Pula, a black lab.
“The original photo of the family was taken at their home earlier this month by The Duchess’s mother,” a Sussex spokesperson told People at the time. “The small Christmas tree, including the homemade ornaments and other decorations, were selected by Archie, and the tree will be replanted after the holidays.”
Harry and Meghan have carefully guarded their children’s privacy since moving to the United States in March 2020. They successfully sued a paparazzi agency for taking drone footage of their son, Archie, in the home where they first stayed in California, winning a settlement and an apology from X17, the company that took the photos and made them available for sale.
In the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Meghan talked about how scared she was to pose for pictures with Archie in front of the world’s press soon after he was born, the way that her sister-in-law has done with each of her three pregnancies.
“I was very scared of having to offer up our baby,” she said. The Sussexes would wait until two days after Archie’s birth to appear before cameras with their son.