‘Tis the season! The Sussexes shared their official 2020 holiday card with fans on Wednesday.
The festive portrait, which was shared via one of Duchess Meghan’s near and dear patronages, Mayhew, on social media, features an illustrated scene of the family of three at their new home in Montecito, California. The artwork features Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, and their son Archie all together outside, joined by their two beloved pups, Guy and Pula.
The original photo was taken at home earlier this month by Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, a spokesperson for the Sussexes revealed to BAZAAR.com. “The small Christmas tree, including the homemade ornaments and other decorations, were selected by Archie, and the tree will be replanted after the holidays,” the rep added.
We’re thrilled to receive wonderful Christmas wishes from our Patron, The Duchess of Sussex, who also made a personal donation, helping dogs, cats and our community. 💜 From all of us at Mayhew, thank you and Merry Christmas. 🎄🐶🐱
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— Mayhew 🐶🐱 (@themayhew) December 23, 2020
In addition to sharing their their 2020 Christmas card, the couple also made a personal donation to Mayhew, an animal-focused charity based in the U.K., as well as the Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund and Transition House. Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, are both patrons of the Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund which works to fight poverty in Uganda through education and was created in honor of Harry’s late friend. Transition House is a Montecito based non-profit that helps local families transition out of homelessness through various programs and life tools.
Meghan wrote in their family card, “This year we, as a family, have made donations to several charities with you in mind. From a local California organisation that helps families transition out of homelessness, to two of our U.K. patronages: one that supports animal and community welfare, and the other, a memorial fund for a cherished friend that helps to educate children and fight poverty in Uganda, we have honoured their work on behalf of all of us.”
Mayhew’s CEO Caroline Yates also expressed her gratitude toward the Sussexes and their generous donation to the organization.
“We are delighted to have the Duchess of Sussex as our Patron, and she has shone a huge light on our community-based animal welfare work over the last two years,” said Yates in a statement to BAZAAR. “We were especially honoured to recently receive a personal donation from the Duke and Duchess, which will enable us to help even more cats, dogs and pet owners in need over this tough winter period.”
The Sussexes’ holiday portrait follows the release of other Christmas cards shared by members of the royal family, including one from Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis; as well as a floral greeting from Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.
From Harper’s Bazaar US