"Family is going to be very important for Meghan for the holidays," a source said. "It will be nice for them to be around people that love them and have [Harry] understand her traditions too."
With a whole year's worth of memories to look back upon, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a heartwarming post and included some of the most standout experiences from 2019 as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. As they look back at all the big moments of the past year, the young family steps into 2020 by wishing everyone good health and happiness.
For the royal couple, the past year has been quite eventful; it was the year they welcomed their adorable baby boy, who's now about eight months old, and it was the year where the two of them began a new chapter in their lives as parents. It was also the year where they turned their new Windsor cottage into the place they call home.
The year-end video that they posted on Instagram also featured a candid photo of Prince Harry carrying baby Archie in his arms, along with other great memories of 2019 such as Prince Archie's christening, moments captured with other members of the royal family, and touching experiences of the royal couple meeting people from around the world.
Captioning the post with their best wishes, the couple said, "Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and thanking you for your continued support! We’ve loved meeting so many of you from around the world and can’t wait to meet many more of you next year. We hope 2020 brings each of you health and continued happiness."
The couple also thanked Coldplay for allowing them to use one of their songs to play along with the highlights of the year they have had.
As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent their first couple with their little one, fans even got to see a family Christmas card.
Just sharing the sweetest Christmas Card from our President and Vice-President, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Very Merry Christmas, everyone! pic.twitter.com/McOcHALoGl— The Queen's Commonwealth Trust (@queenscomtrust) December 23, 2019
With the holidays of 2019 being a special one, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to celebrate Christmas in Canada and have some "private family time" as confirmed by the palace.
The royal couple showered their son with love and gifts for Christmas, but not the "extravagant" kind. "Archie is Meghan and Harry’s world, and they can’t help [it]," a source told US Weekly. "For Christmas, they bought him books, building blocks, a baby ball pit... It’s not all about extravagant gifts for them."
Spoiled by the love of his parents, Prince Archie is described as an interactive baby who lights up especially when daddy walks into the room.
"When Harry walks into the room, Archie gets so excited, he puts his arms out — his way of saying, ‘Pick me up!’ You can tell Archie’s going to be a social butterfly. He’s at his happiest when he’s around people," an insider previously said. "[He] rarely cries... He takes a keen interest in his surroundings and is already engaging and interacting with people. He loves to be entertained. And he isn’t a needy baby."
Before Meghan Markle became a part of the British Royal Family, Canada was her home for several years and spending time there could introduce Prince Harry to his wife's traditions. "Family is going to be very important for Meghan for the holidays," a source told People. "It will be nice for them to be around people that love them and have [Harry] understand her traditions too."
A statement from the palace also said, "The Duke of Sussex has been a frequent visitor to Canada over many years, and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of the Royal Family. They are enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son."