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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Unveil First Photo of Baby Lilibet in Brand-New Christmas Card

We have been anxiously awaiting a pic of Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor (aka “Lili”) ever since the announcement of her birth. And now, we finally have a glimpse of the newest royal family member.

Our first peek at baby Lili comes thanks to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 2021 Christmas card. In the photo, Markle is seen holding up their daughter, while she and Prince Harry smile at her. The pair are joined by their son, Archie (2), who sits in the duke's lap, wrapped in his arm.

The photo was first shared by Team Rubicon, a disaster relief group, who posted the photo to their website and said, “We are honored to be amongst the organizations featured in their family’s holiday card this year.”

Underneath the family photo, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wrote, “This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a 'Mama' and a 'Papa,' and Lili made us a family. 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.”

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ALEXI LUBOMIRSKI/Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The pair closed their card by saying, “Wishing you a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year, from our family to yours! As ever, Harry, Meghan, Archie & Lili.”

Lili joined the family back on June 4, when she was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced her arrival with a message on their Archewell site that said, “On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”

This first shot of Lili is even better than we'd hoped, as it also features her big brother, who she is matching with in a white outfit. Photographer Alexi Lubomirski snapped the intimate photo, and he shared it to his own Instagram account along with a loving message that shows his history with the family.

In his caption, he said, “TRH Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Archie and Lilibet. This is one of those rare and special projects, that one is fortunate enough to be a part of. To be able to continue the story of this family whom I first photographed as an engaged couple, then on the day of their wedding, as a married couple and now seeing their love manifest into two beautiful children, has been a delightful honour...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. X.”

Prince Harry and Meghan love to feature their kids on their Christmas cards, and last year, they took a shot taken by the duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, and transformed it into a gorgeous illustration.

Thank you for this early Christmas gift, Harry and Meghan.

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