Meghan and Harry’s Christmas card – all the things we noticed in their sweet snap

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first Christmas card since relocating to the US offers a glimpse of their new family life, complete with 19-month-old son Archie and their family dogs.

The digitally-painted card captures a sweet moment, which shows the young family playing outside in the garden of their home in Montecito, California.

The card was released in partnership with animal welfare charity Mayhew, of which the Duchess of Sussex is patron.

In the card, the Duchess confirms that her family has made a personal donation to the charity, which will support its work to help dogs, cats and communities.

Read below for all the things we noticed in their first Christmas card since stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.

Eagle-eyed fans of the Royals will have noticed Archie’s shock of red hair, showing how he is looking more and more like his dad.

The 19-month-old prince is pictured sat on Harry’s lap as Meghan looks back at the pair of them.

Interestingly, as well as taking after Prince Harry in his hair, the young royal also dresses in a similar style as his dad – both of them are dressed in blue denim jeans for the shot, unlike the Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children, who favour shorts.

The festive setting for the photo is Archie’s playhouse, in the garden of their $14.7million home in the California.

Animal lovers will be of the view that the real stars of this year’s card are the young family’s beloved dogs, Pula and Guy.

Guy the beagle can be seen gazing at the duchess in the picture, while Pula the black Labrador, who joined the family after the couple married in May 2018, takes a more relaxed stance on the grass.

The Sussexes are understood to have made a donation to the animal charity The Mayhew and their patron, Duchess Meghan, has sent a special message.

The charity tweeted: “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.”

The digitally-enhanced image is based on a real photograph taken at the couple’s Santa Barbara home earlier this month by Meghan’s mum, Doria.

The small Christmas tree, including the homemade ornaments and other decorations, were reportedly selected by Archie, and the tree will be replanted after the holidays.

Inside the card, Meghan writes: “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 UK 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.”