The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their holiday well-wishes on Thursday, December 23, with a family photo featuring their 2-year-old son Archie and six-month-old daughter, Lilibet Diana, who was born in June.
“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,” they wrote underneath the photo taken by Alexi Lubomirski. “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.”
After a series of links to organizations they support, the couple finished their holiday message, writing, “Wishing you a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year, from our family to yours!
The card was shared by Team Rubicon, a veteran-run disaster response organization supported by the Archewell Foundation. “We’re grateful to Archewell Foundation and Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their support of our efforts to welcome Afghan families into communities across the country,” a statement on their website read. “We are honored to be amongst the organizations featured in their family’s holiday card this year.
The statement continued, “Our team was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet The Duke and Duchess of Sussex earlier this year at one of the sites we supported, Task Force Liberty, in New Jersey. Afghan family resettlement is a deeply personal mission for our volunteers and with this generous donation, it is our privilege to be able to support them as they transition into their new homes in the new year.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry first announced Lili’s birth back in June, though they did not share any photos of their newborn daughter until now. “Lili was born on Friday, June 4, at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. She weighed 7 lb. 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home,” the statement read, per People. “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”
The statement continued, “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.”