Meghan and Harry treat Archie and Lilibet to first-ever Christmas parade

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have treated their two kids to a Christmas parade in their home in Montecito, California.

As part of the area's first Montecito Car Parade, vehicles were draped in tinsel, fairy lights, antlers and even full Christmas trees as they drove around the streets near the Duke and Duchess's home.

Photographs of the fun-filled event – which Harry and Meghan donated funds to – were published in local outlet, The Montecito Journal.

Residents in the area are hoping the parade becomes an annual event at Christmas, the Express reports.

Questions have been raised in recent weeks on how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex planned to celebrate Christmas this year as the Queen's health has declined.

However, most reports have suggested that Harry and Meghan will remain in California and celebrate the holiday with their children Archie, two, and six-month-old Lilibet.

Makeup artist and close friend of the couple, Daniel Martin, told PEOPLE Magazine: "They are loving life as a family of four.

“They've struck a rhythm as a foursome."

In the run-up to Christmas Day, Meghan was photographed this week out in Montecito doing some last-minute Christmas shopping.

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In a recent interview with US chat show host and family friend, Ellen DeGeneres, Meghan revealed never-before-known details about family life in Montecito after breaking away from the Firm last year.

However, the Duchess was reportedly left "upset" by the backlash she received for her appearance on The Ellen Show, according to a royal journalist.

Royal expert Neil Sean, speaking on his YouTube channel, claimed Meghan is “apparently taken to indoors as we say over here in the UK because she's so upset about the backlash she received after appearing on the show”.

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He added: “Even Prince Harry thought this was a good idea to show her fun side.

"Perhaps they should have gone on together, how fun that would have been. Sadly for Meghan, it didn't come out that way.

"She could have said no to the pranks and just plugged The Bench and talk briefly about her life.

"But fear not, Meghan will be back in 2022 looking for another option to rebrand and reconnect."

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During the episode, Meghan participated in several staged pranks while wearing an earpiece, where Ellen DeGeneres told her what to do and say.

She was egged on to perform tasks such as eating tortilla crisps like a chipmunk in front of an unsuspecting public around her.

The sit-down interview with Ellen DeGeneres, however, largely steered away from controversial topics, such as the split from the Royal Family.

  • Royal Family
  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Harry
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth
  • Christmas

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