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CHRISTMAS STAR

Meghan and Harry's Christmas card shows baby Archie crawling towards the camera in cute family snap

MEGHAN Markle has shared an adorable family Christmas card snap with Prince Harry and baby Archie.

The "sweetest" photo shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in fits of laughter behind their cute son.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile gleefully behind adorable Archie
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Credit: PA:Press Association Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile gleefully behind adorable Archie Credit: PA: Press Association
The Sussexes with baby Archie at St George's Hall at Windsor Castle after he was born
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Credit: PA:Press Association The Sussexes with baby Archie at St George's Hall at Windsor Castle after he was born Credit: PA: Press Association

The royals are pictured on the floor in front of a Christmas tree decorated with lights and baubles.

The card reads: "Merry Christmas and a happy new year from our family to yours."

And the bottom of the card it adds: "this year we have chosen to send our holiday card electronically".

It was also emailed to friends and colleagues on Monday with hard copies sent to family.

The environmentally friendly e-card was released on Twitter days after it emerged Harry and Meghan have taken baby Archie to Canada to spend the Christmas break.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their seven month old boy with them for an “extended holiday break” after telling how they were struggling to deal with life in the public eye.

They decided to snub the Queen's invitation to Sandringham in favour of staying abroad.

It's thought the royal couple are deliberately avoiding the US and trying to stay away from press.

According to the Daily Mail, one friend said: "They have barely set foot outside the door and have been enjoying some quality family time together."

PRIVATE FAMILY TIME

It's reported that Meghan's mum, Doria has also been visiting them from LA.

Meghan lived in Toronto for seven years while filming Suits, and some of her best friends still live in the country.

Prince Harry recently recorded a video of himself dressed as a jolly Santa for the Scotty's Little Soldiers Christmas party, a charity that helps bereaved army children.

He said: "Ho ho ho. Hi guys, everyone at Scotty's Little Soldiers!

"Hope you are having an amazing time. I hear there is a 190 of you there this year so please cause as much chaos as humanly possible."

The Sussexes have reportedly been urged by Royal family members to return from abroad to spend Christmas in the UK as Prince Philip spends a fourth night in hospital.

Some Royals have insisted the couple should break their six-week long visit and return.

One family member, told Sun Online: "Even before the Duke became ill, many were at a loss as to why Harry and Meghan would miss what could be one of the last family Christmases with the Queen and Philip."

A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said they will be “spending private family time in Canada”.

The palace aide said: "The decision to base themselves in Canada reflects the importance of this Commonwealth country to them both.

"The Duke of Sussex has been a frequent visitor to Canada over many years, and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of the Royal Family.

"They are enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son."

It comes after Wills and Kate released their festive family card.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 2019 card captured a sweet family outdoor scene with their three kids: Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and one-year-old Prince Louis.

The Cambridges' 2019 Christmas card has been revealed online
The Cambridges' 2019 Christmas card has been revealed online
The palace last year released this beautiful shot for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first Christmas card as a married couple
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Credit: PA:Press Association The palace last year released this beautiful shot for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first Christmas card as a married couple Credit: PA: Press Association
The are thought to be shacked up in a Canadian hideaway over Christmas
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Credit: Getty - Contributor The are thought to be shacked up in a Canadian hideaway over Christmas Credit: Getty-Contributor
Harry, Meghan and Archie will spend Christmas away from the rest of the royals this year
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Credit: Reuters Harry, Meghan and Archie will spend Christmas away from the rest of the royals this year Credit: Reuters
The pair are allegedly 'exhausted' by 2019
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Credit: Getty - Contributor The pair are allegedly 'exhausted' by 2019 Credit: Getty-Contributor
Prince Harry today released a touching Christmas message, dressed as a jolly Santa
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Credit: www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk Prince Harry today released a touching Christmas message, dressed as a jolly Santa Credit: www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk