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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share first photo of Lilibet in Christmas card

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have finally shared the first photo of their daughter Lilibet Diana, six months after she was born, for their Christmas card.

The family image shows Meghan, 40, holding up their giggling daughter, while smiling Harry, 37, looks on with his arm around their two-year-old son Archie in the portrait by Alexi Lubomirski, who shot the couple's engagement photos and the official family portraits on their wedding day.

Archie, who looks just like his dad with a shock of red hair, is casually dressed in jeans like the rest of the family, and his face is on show. After his first birthday, Harry and Meghan stopped sharing photos with his face, and only released pictures of the youngster from behind.

The Sussexes, who are currently residing in a $14.7million mansion in Montecito, released the card to announce they've made a donation to several charities, including an organisation that supports Afghan families left behind after the US withdrawal and Paid Leave For All, in line with the Duchess' recent campaigning for a paid family leave law for all Americans.

'This year we welcomed out daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a "Mama and Papa" and Lili made us a family,' their message read. '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 famiilies in need of paid parental leave.'

It comes as the couple - who used the American ‘Happy Holidays’ phrase rather than the British ‘Merry Christmas’ in their card - prepare to spend their third festive period outside of the UK, and away from Prince Harry's family.

In the photograph, Harry, Meghan and Archie all opt for a low-key look in denim jeans, with the Duchess teaming hers with a navy jumper, while the Duke wears a blue shirt and his son a white one. The couple's daughter giggles while wearing a white ensemble.

The only previous picture of Lilibet (centre) that's been seen is a very grainy black and white photo on Meghan's desk during her 40th birthday video call with Melissa McCarthy

The look was decidedly casual for the Duchess, who is known for her love of designer clothes and expensive personalised jewellery.

Today's card marks a change for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have hidden their children's faces in recent photographs.

Archie has rarely been seen since the couple stepped back as senior royals in March last year, with the most recent picture of him released to mark his second birthday this May showing him with his back to the camera.

During the Oprah Winfrey interview and Prince Harry's mental health documentary, he made an appearance but royal fans were only be able to get a glimpse of the youngster's face.

It also marks the first time royal fans have been able to see Lilibet's face. Meghan is thought to have revealed a grainy first photograph of her second child after a framed picture of Prince Harry kissing a newborn baby took pride of place on her desk in a video for her 40th birthday.

Family affair! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released their Christmas card recently, pictured. The family were photographed on a secret trip to Jordan this year

Prince Harry and Meghan at the Invictus Games in 2017.

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