Was the Royal Family’s Christmas Card Photoshopped?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are on a holiday break, but they still managed to stir up controversy. The couple recently released an adorable Christmas card featuring their young son, Archie Harrison, and although thousands of fans loved getting a fresh glimpse at the young royal family, there were some problems that the seasonal card caused.

Read on to learn how people reacted to the Sussex’s Christmas card, the photoshop controversy, and how the card has contributed to the continued feud between the royal family and the British press. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Christmas card was well-received

Members of the royal family – Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and baby Archie
The Duke & Duchess of Sussex | Toby Melville/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

On December 23rd, just two days prior to the Christmas holiday, the royal family released a brand-new Christmas card featuring Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and baby Archie Harrison. With the baby looking right into the camera with a serious expression on his adorable face, the photo is a sweet, informal look at a family that has been flying under the radar for the past several months. Furthermore, royal fans don’t often get to see pictures of Archie Harrison, since Markle and Prince Harry like to keep their son away from the media spotlight.

Many royal fans loved the holiday card and shared their thoughts on social media. Some users noted how happy and full of pride Prince Harry looked, while others discussed baby Archie’s adorable expression. The card was popular enough to go trending on Twitter, however, it was only a short time before the discussion surrounding the card turned to drama.

Was this royal family Christmas card photoshopped?


Only hours after the Christmas card was released, the Daily Mail published a story about it, showing a drastically different version of the card than the one first circulated by the royal family. In the one published by the Daily Mail, Prince Harry’s face appears blurred out while Meghan Markle’s face is in sharp focus. It wasn’t long before the royal couple started getting accused of photoshopping their Christmas card.

While the conversation quickly took a negative turn, one party, in particular, came forward to defend the honor of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle’s friend defended the card

Photographer Janina Gavankar posted on Twitter shortly after the Daily Mail controversy, revealing that she was the one who took the original photograph while also calling out the Daily Mail for their “campaign” against Meghan Markle. She also stated unequivocally that the image she took was definitely not photoshopped. 

The British press has a feud with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry


Sadly, the shady dealings of tabloids like the Daily Mail are nothing new. The British press has had problems with Meghan Markle for years and has frequently posted stories that help to perpetuate the idea that she is difficult, spoiled, or entitled. Finally, in Fall 2019, both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had enough and announced that they would be taking legal action against the publication, Mail on Sunday. The reason for the action stems from the Mail on Sunday publishing a letter from Markle’s father around the time the royal wedding in 2018. 

While the Mail on Sunday stated their intention to defend their publication of the letter and the contents therein, it’s clear that Markle and Prince Harry are ready to stand up and take back the narrative of their own lives. They did not respond to the Christmas card controversy, but since they will soon be returning to their royal duties, it is only a matter of time before all-new controversies surface.

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