Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first US Christmas card – with redhead Archie

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released their first US Christmas card with baby Archie.

In it, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and son Archie are seen playing with their two dogs Pula and Guy.

The card, an illustration of a photo, was released through Mayhew – Meghan's animal welfare organisation patronage in the UK.

It reads: "Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

A spokesperson for the royal couple said: “The original photo of the family was taken at their home earlier this month by The Duchess’s mother.

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

On Mayhew’s website, a statement from the Duchess reads: “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."

The couple stepped back from the Royal Family back in January, and are spending the festive season at their new home in Santa Barbara, California, the US.

A source earlier told People: “Archie is really happy, and he has space to run free.

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"The house came with a play structure that he’ll be climbing in no time."

Earlier this month, they announced the first project for their charitable foundation Archewell, as they pledged around $200,000 (£147,000) for four relief centres.

They confirmed a partnership with the World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.

One of the permanent centres is being built on the Caribbean island of Dominica, which was hit hard by the hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017.

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It is expected to open early in 2021.

The second site will be set up in Puerto Rico while the other two locations have not yet been revealed.

Harry and Meghan said in a statement: "The health of our communities depends on our ability to connect with our shared humanity.

"When we think about Chef Andras and his incredible team at World Central Kitchen, we're reminded that even during a year of unimaginable hardship, there are so many amazing people willing – and working tirelessly – to support each other.

"World Central Kitchen inspires us through compassion in action."

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