Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make a Statement With Their Striking Christmas Card Photos
There are a lot of changes coming into fruition for Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, and Prince William in the new year ahead. For starters, the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, and the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have exhibited strikingly diverse Christmas card photos for 2018. So, let's not keep you in anticipation and take a look at these adorable pictures.
One of the first pictures to be made public is from the private wedding reception in May of Meghan and Harry, which are in black-and-white. This couple is due to welcome their first child next spring.
Contrary to their normal shots, their intimate snap shows the couple with loving arms around each other's waists and holding hand with their backs to the camera and a tremendous fireworks display erupts over a gorgeous lake at Frogmore House, the grounds of their future home in Windsor.
On the other hand, the breathtaking autumnal portrait of the Cambridge couple shows a carefree and radiant family sitting on a tree trunk in a wooded area at Anmer Hall, their dreamy country house in Norfolk.
Kensington Palace revealed the photos on Friday amid claims that there is a growing rift between Meghan and Kate. The picture of Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, was taken during their wedding reception at Frogmore House on the night of May 19.
Kensington Palace tweeted:
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share a new photograph from their Wedding Reception at Frogmore House on 19th May. The photograph, which features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card, was taken by photographer Chris Allerton."
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry watched fireworks on their wedding day. This is truly a mesmerizing picture and black-and-white certainly has a magical effect, don't you agree? The fans definitely love this one and we find it very romantic. Sadly, royal fans are dissatisfied with how Harry and Meghan's Christmas card is.
Some royal fans, however, have expressed disappointment that the image of Harry and Meghan was not in color. But Judi James, a body language expert, told Mirror Online that the "super-glam" Christmas card is more about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's "romantic life as an A-list power couple".
In the other image, Kate, wearing a jumper and blue jeans, cradles smiling Louis, who wears a light blue top and dark blue shorts, with tights and shoes. He is in her arms as she relaxes against the tree trunk, and Princess Charlotte, who is age three, balances with her arms around her parents.
Prince William, who is second in line to the throne, is seated on the log next to Kate, with his top button undone and his sleeves rolled up to his elbows. They do look like a happy family in this one, more of a relaxed pose for the Prince.
Five-year-old Prince George, wearing his Hunter wellies, blue pants, and a green jumper, smiles while standing on one leg with his hands on his dad's shoulders. This is the first Christmas card to feature Prince Louis, who was born last April and is now almost eight months old, and some specific fans say he truly "stole the show". The photo of the Cambridge family was taken by Matt Porteous earlier this year.
Kensington Palace tweeted:
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall, and features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year."
The Jersey-based professional photographer and filmmaker Mr. Porteous has worked with the family on numerous occasions.
He snapped portraits of George that were released on the future king's third birthday. Mr. Porteous wrote on his Instagram page of the Cambridge's Christmas card photo:
“It was an honour to be asked to photograph The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family at Anmer Hall. Capturing the fun and relaxed moments between such a wonderful family was a true privilege.”
In another Christmas image. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are seated together in their Christmas card photo. It was taken by professional fashion and portrait photographer Chris Allerton, who served in the British Army beforehand.
Prince Charles, 70, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, 71, also released a Christmas card photograph where it shows the couple, Charles in a blue Anderson and Sheppard suit and Camilla in a cream and crepe dress by Fiona Clare.
They both gaze at each other while they are seated on a wooden bench. There is even a message included in the card, which reads: "Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year."
London-based Hugo Burnand took Prince Charles and Camilla's photograph this summer in the garden of Clarence House, which is their home in central London. Professional photographer Mr. Burnand is somewhat used to working with members of the royal family.
He took the wedding pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's in 2011. He also took Charles and Camilla's big day in 2005. Last year, Kate and William published a picture showing the proud parents standing with George and Charlotte.
The festive family was all wearing baby blue with radiating smiles on their faces. Chris Jackson took the 2017 photo indoors at Kensington Palace. Charles also asked the photographer to take the birthday image which marked his 60th year in 2008.
He also shot a portrait picture of the duchess. It's become a yearly custom for royal families or couples to publish the photos they have chosen to feature on their Christmas cards.
As per tradition, the Royals are due to spend Christmas together at the 92-year-old Queen's Sandringham residence. Meghan and Harry are set to celebrate their first Christmas as a married couple.
This is also their last without children, as former Suits actress Meghan is due to give birth to their first baby next spring. Early next year, they are set to move out of their cottage on the Kensington Palace's grounds for a more secluded home in the grounds of Frogmore House in Windsor.
Initially, it was assumed they would move into an apartment next to Prince William and Kate, both aged 36, in Kensington Palace in west London. Of course, due to certain debates which had previously happened, things didn't turn out as planned, and they decided to move into their own premises instead.
We hope you enjoyed this article as much as we loved sharing it with you. What did you think about the Royal Christmas cards and which one do you prefer? Remember to show this to your friends and family and keep up-to-date with us for more updates on the royal family.