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Prince Harry rejected Christmas tradition with Meghan Markle: ‘I find this stuff weird’




PRINCE HARRY rejected a Christmas tradition with Meghan Markle, saying “I find this stuff weird”, an unearthed account claims. Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, have marked this Christmas by publishing the first picture of their daughter Lilibet Diana, six months. The official snap, published on the couple’s Christmas card also features their other first, Archie Harrison, two. The image was taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski in the summer of this year at the couple’s home.



The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who famously stepped back from their royal roles, welcomed Lilibet, their second child, earlier this year. The young family left the UK and now live in the star-studded Montecito area of Santa Barbara, California.



The Sussexes have not revealed their full Christmas plans this year, but they are expected to spend the holiday in the US. While the couple have shown their love for the festive period in recent weeks, Harry was once reported to have rejected a Christmas tradition with Meghan.



Five years ago, the couple were spotted going Christmas tree shopping just weeks after their relationship was revealed by the Sunday Express.Meghan and Harry were offered mistletoe by Ollie Wilkinson, a staff member at the Pines and Needles shop in Battersea Park, according to BBC News.



He said: “I said ‘would you like this mistletoe’ and she [Meghan] said ‘yes that would be great’. “He then squeezed one of the berries on it and was like ‘I find this stuff weird’ and then she was like ‘oh, I really like it’.“Then he walked off with the tree on his shoulder, holding her hand, and she was holding in her other hand a bunch of mistletoe.”



The couple reportedly shelled out £65 on a 6ft Nordmann Fir tree from the south London store. Meghan was still Harry’s girlfriend at the time and was famous in the US as one of the stars of legal drama ‘Suits’. The pair were said to have held hands during their Christmas outing, one of the first after Harry confirmed their relationship in November 2016.



Another staff member, Zaqia Crawford, who like Meghan is from the US, also recalled meeting the couple at the Battersea store. She said: “They came in to buy a tree, they were looking at trees and I went over to help them pick the tree. “They knew exactly which tree they wanted – it wasn’t exactly a long process.



“They were really friendly, really nice… I didn’t know it was them at all.” Since leaving their royal roles behind Meghan and Harry have continued their charity and humanitarian work. The couple touched on this in their Christmas card, announcing that they had donated to several groups.



They wrote: “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 organisations that honour and protect families.”



The organisations included Team Rubicon, a charity which uses the experience of military veterans in emergencies and has helped resettle refugees from Afghanistan.



Meghan and Harry signed off by adding: “Wishing you a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year, from our family to yours! As ever, Harry, Meghan, Archie & Lili.”

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