Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get in the Christmas spirit with charitable donation

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are settling into American life and getting into the Christmas spirit with charitable donation

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are truly getting stuck into their neighbourhood by supporting the first ever Montecito Holiday Car Parade.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were among those to make donations at their local neighborhood’s annual Christmas bonanza last week. 

Meghan and Prince Harry stepped back as senior members of the royal family back in 2020 and relocated to America. It's clear that the royal couple has settled into their Montecito neighborhood since moving there. In doing so, they've proved just what big parts of the community they are during the Annual Festive Montecito Holiday Car Parade.

The event sees brightly-lit cars, fit with tinsel and garlands, make their way through the neighborhood followed by Santa Claus handing out sweets to the locals.

While it’s unclear what the money raised goes towards, locals were thrilled to announce the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were among sponsors. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe

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All the details were revealed in the Montecito Journal (a local newspaper), which read, “With the theme ‘Holiday Magic,’ it was indeed a magical evening for the 1st Annual Montecito Holiday Car Parade. 

“Kids from 1 to 92 lined the streets of the parade route cheering on the brightly-lit cars decorated with toys, garland, Santa’s mailbox, sleighs, pets, holiday music, and more.

“As the merriment still lingers in the air, here’s to a new Montecito holiday tradition!

“Thanks to the many parade sponsors including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who were first to donate.”

The couple are said to be loving life as a family of four, after Meghan gave birth to their second child, a daughter, back in June.

Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final

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In fact, a close friend of the Duchess recently revealed they’d “found their rhythm” as a four.

Meghan’s make-up artist, Daniel Partin, told People magazine, “They are loving life as a family of four. 'They've struck a rhythm as a foursome.

“It's about finding that work-life balance now. They're experiencing it themselves.”

It is thought the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will remain in America for the festive season, despite it being the Queen’s first Christmas without her husband, Prince Philip. Even without the Sussexes, the Queen is determined to host a ‘most memorable’ Christmas at Sandringham to make up for last year.

Georgia Farquharson

Georgia writes across Woman & Home and Good to Know and specialises in all things royal. Previously labelled the "Queen of the royals," Georgia knows the whose who and what's what when it comes to the monarchy. When she's not eagerly following the royal family, Georgia enjoys shopping and self-care. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."