The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, attend the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala in New York City


  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle used a photo from the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award Gala for their Christmas card
  • They signed their Christmas card, "Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex"
  • Last year, the couple used their Christmas card to share the first public image of their daughter Lilibet

Prince Harry and Meghan Marke released their 2022 holiday card Friday, a day after the conclusion of their Netflix docuseries.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new Christmas card featured a black-and-white photo of them at the recent Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award Gala in New York City. The couple was honored at the event for their work in racial justice, mental health and other social impact action through their Archewell Foundation.

In the snap, Markle wore a white off-the-shoulder dress with long sleeves paired with black accessories, and her hair was swept back into a low bun. Prince Harry sported a classic suit and black tie.

Their two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, were noticeably absent from the greeting.

"Wishing you a joyful holiday season," read the card shared on Twitter by royal correspondent and "Finding Freedom" co-author Omid Scobie. "From our family to yours, and on behalf of our teams at The Archewell Foundation, Archewell Audio and Archewell Productions, we wish you health, peace and a very happy new year."

The card was signed, "Best wishes," with both of their signatures. Underneath, it said, "Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex."

The black-and-white photo featured on the GIF card was sent via an Archewell Foundation email, Entertainment Tonight reported.

Their holiday card received mixed responses from Twitter users. Some slammed them over the drama surrounding their Netflix docuseries, while others defended the Sussexes.

"What family? My family consists of my son, my parents, my aunts and uncles, my cousins, my partner and his family. Even my pets are counted. They just have themselves," one person commented.

"And sometimes that is all people need. My spouse and I would go to war for each other if we had to, that is my family. The Bible says a man leaves his family and becomes one with his wife," another wrote.

Some wondered why Prince Harry and Markle were still using their dukedom titles years after stepping back as working members of the British royal family and moving to California.

"I don't get it. If it was me and I believed what they said about the [British royal family] and the institution, why would I ever continue to use those titles? It would be like an abused woman continuing to use her husband's name. Everyone I know has changed their name as soon as possible," one person tweeted.

"For someone who dislikes the monarchy, or institution as they call it, he surely LOVES to use his title," another wrote.

But a third person pointed out: "He doesn't dislike the institution nor the British people. He dislikes people in the institution that brought his wife to near destruction. Big difference."

Last year, Markle and Prince Harry used their holiday card to show the first public photo of their daughter Lilibet Diana. The snap, which was taken by Alexi Lubomirski at the couple's home in Santa Barbara, California, showed Prince Harry holding their son Archie Harrison while Markle picked Lili up into the air.

The message on the card read, "This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a 'Mama' and a 'Papa,' and Lili made us a family. 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 families in need of paid parental leave."

Prince Harry and Markle's 2022 holiday card came just three days after Prince William and Kate Middleton released their own Christmas card photo.

The Prince and Princess of Wales matched in jeans in their casual card. Their three children, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, all sported shorts with short-sleeve shirts and sneakers.

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