Meghan, Duchess of Sussex taps friend to shoot 2019 Christmas card

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

British royals Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were photographed by friend Janina Gavankar for their 2019 Christmas card.

The sweet black and white photo shows the couple sat beneath a Christmas tree with baby Archie, seven months, looking right into the lens of the camera as he crawls up to the photographer.

The couple appear relaxed as they laugh at the tot, who seems totally at ease with actress Janina, who photographed the festive image, her representative confirmed to People.

"Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From our family to yours," reads the holiday card, which was shared by the unverified Twitter account for The Queen's Commonwealth Trust. The image was not shared on any official royal channels, but a spokeswoman for the couple later confirmed its authenticity.

Janina and Meghan have been friends for several years, and the actress attended the royal wedding back in May 2018. She most recently appeared alongside Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in The Morning Show, and has also appeared in in TV shows Sleepy Hollow and True Blood.

Meanwhile, the new family-of-three will enjoy their first Christmas together in Canada this year, opting to spend "private family time" away from the royals' usual celebrations with Queen Elizabeth II at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.

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