Meghan Markle's Friend Janina Gavankar Took the Royals' Cute Christmas Card Photo with Archie
It's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first Christmas as parents to adorable Archie, who stole hearts in the royal couple's holiday card. The person behind the joyous snap, however, turned out to be Meghan's longtime friend Janina Gavankar.
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
The royal couple's Christmas card, which The Queen's Commonwealth Trust shared on Monday, is a black and white image of Meghan and Prince Harry seated in front of a Christmas tree. Archie seemingly crawled to Janina, who her rep confirmed to PEOPLE, took the picture at the perfect time.
The Theatre Performance major is all too familiar with social media, as Janina became the first actress to sign up to Twitter in 2006 on Richard Branson's computer on Necker Island.
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I’m not sure if you remember when I almost passed out from heat exhaustion as I hand painted this cabana deck (plz pretend like you and. Also it’s all in my “house re-do” highlight). After all that, I was like “@mandychengdesign WHAT EVEN GOES ON TOP?! 😩” She chose all these dope pieces from @article. They showed up one day, put em together & @margotbingham helped me put em in place (all in that same story). This cabana is now the perfect place for meetings while simultaneously feeling like you’ve escaped the city. 💛 @article pieces: #tanastool #arcasofa #daisyloungechair #urbacoffeetable #articlepartner #dwellrooms #patiodecor #interiorinspo #vogueliving#apartmenttherapy #mydomaine #sodomino #designsnob #exteriordesign #mycovetedhome #bhghome
“Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From our family to yours,” the message on the sweet Christmas card from Meghan and Prince Harry read.
When the couple married in May 2018, Janina was there for the big day and posted a picture of her stylish outfit before she watched her friends "combine their hearts, forever."
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Happy one year anniversary to Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Today marks the one year anniversary of the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018. The selected song “This Little Light of Mine” was chosen by the couple for their recessional. We hope you enjoy reliving this moment, and seeing some behind the scenes photos from this special day. A message from The Duke & Duchess: Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful. Photo credit: Chris Allerton/Joe Short (B&W); PA (color) ©️SussexRoyal (B&W images and video)
The Christmas before they married, and the one last year, Meghan and Prince Harry spent at Sandringham. So, this year, the couple decided to spend Christmas with Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland instead.
Buckingham Palace previously shared in a statement that the royal couple will spend "private family time" in Canada.
Not uncommon among royals, Prince Harry and Meghan's decision carry the full support of the Queen, as the palace added in their statement:
“The decision to base themselves in Canada reflects the importance of this Commonwealth country to them both. Whilst this email confirms the country they are taking their family time in, for security reasons we will not be releasing any further details and request that their privacy is respected.”
Janina Gavankar became known for her acting, as well as being the personification of Ms. Dewey, Microsoft's interactive search engine.
The self-admitted gamer recently appeared in the new hit television series, "The Morning Show" alongside Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and is also known for her roles in the "Star Wars" films.
Former actress Meghan Markle knows Canada well, as she lived there during the filming of the series "Suits." With the royal couple spending their Christmas there, St Felix Centre in Toronto shared a never seen before picture of Meghan going incognito while volunteering for the charity.
Dressed in a puffy jacket and a baseball cap, the now-royal mom helped feed the homeless through their Community Meals Program. The royal couple also selected the center as one of 12 charities doing important work worldwide.