Meghan Markle Wanted the Sussexes' First Christmas in California to Be "Special for Everyone"

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From Marie Claire
That year, Prince Harry missed Christmas with the royal family for the second time, spending the North American vacation with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie Harrison.
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The celebration marked the first time Harry, Meghan, and Archie had spent Christmas together at their new home in Montecito, California.
A source close to the Sussexes told People that Meghan really wanted to make sure that the first California vacation season was "special for everyone" and that the family was focused on "creating their own traditions in their new home."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had to miss the royal family's traditional Christmas festivities this year, so they have focused on starting their own new traditions with their son Archie Harrison.
According to a source close to the Royals, the Sussex family made the most of their bond time in their new home in Montecito, California. This year marks the second year in a row that Harry has spent the Christmas vacation outside of the royal family and in North America. Last year, Harry, Meghan and Archie traveled to Canada for an extended break and family time on vacation before announcing plans for their royal exit.
This year, of course, Sussexers have settled into their new lives and figured out what the holidays will be like for their family in the years to come.
"It's Harry's second Christmas Day outside of England and Meghan wants to make sure it's special for everyone," a royal insider told People. "They create their own traditions in their new home."
One of these traditions appears to have been family decorating.
"They both love Christmas and have been decorating with Archie," a source previously told People.
Harry and Meghan gave royal fans a glimpse of their family's new home with their Christmas card, which they shared publicly on Wednesday. The card is an illustration of Harry, Meghan, Archie and their two dogs, Pula and Guy, and was created based on a photo taken of the family by Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland.
"The original photo of the family was taken by the Duchess' mother at her home earlier this month," said a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. "The small Christmas tree, including the homemade ornaments and other decorations, was chosen by Archie and the tree will be replanted after the holidays."
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