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.
Prince Harry has once again showed how well he’s embracing his relaxed LA lifestyle by going barefoot in a trendy Christmas photoshoot
Harry’s more relaxed approach to his image was made clear after he bared his soles in a photo announcing he and Meghan, 40, were expecting their second child in February
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.
Harry’s more relaxed approach towards his image was made clear after he bared his soles in a photo announcing he and Meghan, 40, were expecting their second child in February.
The couple revealed they were expecting with a black-and-white photo of themselves sat near a tree with Harry’s hand placed under Meghan’s head as she lies on his lap with her hand resting on her bump.
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
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.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have finally shown the first photo of their daughter Lilibet Diana, six months after she was born.
‘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.
This photo of a pregnant Meghan in March 2021, was another example of when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to not show Archie’s face to the public
Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opted to share an illustrated Christmas card – leading to some disappointed fans calling for the couple to show Archie’s face (pictured)
Royal fans expressed their annoyance over not seeing Archie’s face again after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry released a new picture of their son to celebrate his second birthday (pictured) in May this year
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.
Source: Daily Mail UK