Meghan Markle Wants Prince Harry's 'Christmas Away from England' to Be 'Special,' Says Source
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry celebrate their first Christmas in America.
After spending 2017 and 2018 with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family in Sandringham, Meghan and Harry spent their first Christmas with 1-year-old son Archie with some "family time" during a six-week hiatus towards the end of the year in Canada .
This year the family of three is celebrating for the first time in California, where the couple bought a house in Monecito - about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, Meghan's hometown - this summer.
"It's Harry's Second Christmas Day outside of England and Meghan wants to make sure it's special for everyone," an insider told PEOPLE. "They create their own traditions in their new home."
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After Doria Ragland did trick or treat with Archie on Halloween with Archie and celebrated Thanksgiving at home, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have prepared for the Christmas season and decorated Christmas.
"They both love Christmas and have decorated with Archie," a source previously told PEOPLE.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex The Sussex Family Christmas Card 2020
Meghan (39) and Prince Harry (36) also set off earlier this month to find the perfect Christmas tree. During their low-key trip to the unnamed tree barn, the couple appeared to go largely undetected, except for one young boy who mistakenly approached Harry and believed they were working there.
"Meghan and Prince Harry came to my work today and we sold them their Christmas tree," said Twitter user @imaJaaaaaames.
"We had our lot empty when they got there - their agent gave them a good time instead of us closing it. There was a family there and their enthusiastic little son ran through trees to Harry and asked if he worked don't know who that is, "explained the worker.
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Meghan's mom is likely to join the trio for Christmas too.
Henk Krüger / AP / Shutterstock Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Archie
After the couple stepped down from senior royal family positions earlier this year, the couple moved to California in March and stayed there until they bought their new home. The nine-bedroom mansion, which was purchased for $ 14 million, is the family's "permanent home," a source previously told PEOPLE.
"Everything has been so turbulent since Archie arrived and a lot of things were in the air," said the insider. "It wasn't exactly easy. For the first time in a long time, they have a clear focus."
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On Wednesday, Meghan and Harry shared their family Christmas card, which is a photo of Meghan's mother. Front and center are the couple's 19-month-old son, Archie (who clearly inherited the red hair from father Harry!) And their two adorable dogs, Pula and Guy.
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"I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," says the card.
"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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