The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been “gearing up for the holidays,” a friend tells PEOPLE. “They are loving life in California.”
The couple shared the first photo of Lili on their new holiday card, which was released on Thursday. The photo, which was taken over the summer at their home in Santa Barbara, also stars Lili’s big brother, 2-year-old Archie.
“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.”
After a whirlwind fall, which saw Meghan and Harry make two back-to-back trips to N.Y.C., the couple was looking forward to getting back to their home in Montecito and start celebrating the festive season with their children.
“They love it in N.Y.C., but they were ready to go home and get back to the kids. Meghan was starting to feel homesick,” the friend adds.
After spending 2017 and 2018 with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family at Sandringham, Meghan and Prince Harry spent their first Christmas with Archie in 2019 with some family time in Canada. They…