Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released their annual Christmas card last night, which features the couple with their 19-month-old son Archie next to an impressive playhouse.
The miniature house, designed in the traditional British style, is said to have been custom-made and cost the Duke and Duchess of Sussex up to $ 7,000, toy specialists FEMAIL said.
With a thatched roof and split barn doors, the playhouse has a "rustic British cottage effect". Jamie Stanford, executive director of British toy company Liberty Games, added that it had "an English landscape feel" that would not be out of place on the grounds of one of Britain's royal residences.
Indeed, the playhouse looks strikingly similar to the Wendy House that was given to the Queen on her sixth birthday by "the people of Wales", which remains on the grounds of Windsors Royal Lodge for each generation of the royal family. Prince Charles grew up in the house and Princess Eugenie has spoken of her love for it.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released their annual Christmas card last night, which features the couple with their 19-month-old son Archie next to an impressive playhouse
The playhouse shown on the card looks very similar to the one the Queen enjoyed as a little girl (picture), which was given to her on her sixth birthday by the "People of Wales" and which is still on the grounds of Windsors Royal Lodge Generation of the royal family to use
Jamie Stanford, General Manager at Liberty Games said, “We believe Harry and Meghan are a bespoke playhouse that is expected to cost between $ 4,000 and $ 7,000.
“In our opinion, it looks like it was bespoke to give a rustic British cottage effect, complete with a barn-style door, an ornate ridge of the roof and of course some lovely leaves. The wooden chair and paved walkway really add to this effect.
Meghan and Harry's Christmas card created by a & # 39; seasoned illustrator & # 39;
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Christmas card made fans wonder how the picture came about.
The card is a drawing of a photo Meghan's mother Doria took earlier this month.
Although no creator was credited, a graphic designer advised FEMAIL that the image must have been created by an "experienced illustrator".
Anna D & # 39; Assaro said: “After looking carefully at the card and being an illustrator myself, I can say that this was apparently done manually by an experienced illustrator or artist.
“If you take a closer look at the picture, you can see that the shadows and highlights are tiny little strokes that would have been made with a brush a long time ago.
"Nowadays this can be done with Adobe Photoshop brushes or an iPad Pro and a pen and you still won't notice a difference.
“I find it difficult to say whether this was actually painted with acrylic paints on canvas and later digitized, or whether this was done entirely digitally with the help of pen and pad.
"The dogs and the scenario could have been rotated individually so that they could all be worked on together to get the perfect snapshot."
Illustrator Anna added that the image could have cost the couple anywhere from $ 500 to $ 2,000.
& # 39; If the playhouse had been made to measure, it would have been the work of real specialists who would have worked to create something unique, which of course results in a higher price than "standard" due to the design and manufacturing time – Playhouse kits.
"It's a lot of the English countryside feel – perfect for rural Windsor," he added.
Meanwhile, Simon Winfield, managing director of Red Monkey Play, a UK-based playground equipment company, has cut the cost of the playhouse a bit.
"If we were to make and sell a similar item, it would be sold for the playhouse itself starting at $ 3,000 + VAT," he said. “If we delivered and installed on site, that would be an additional $ 500. So the total cost would say $ 3500 + VAT.
& # 39; The design has features that look almost like a thatched roof, a nod to the British countryside. The color schemes are red, white, and blue in this particular picture as well. & # 39;
The playhouse was reminiscent of Her Majesty's little house, the miniature house on the grounds of Windsors Royal Lodge, where the Queen played as a child.
The thatched, whitewashed miniature house sits away from the public on the south side of the gardens of Windsors Royal Lodge.
Called Y Bwthyn Bach or The Little House, it has been a venue for the Queen and subsequent generations of her family for 88 years.
The two-thirds large house, 24 feet long, eight feet deep and five feet high, was given to Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret in March 1932 on behalf of The People of Wales on the occasion of Elizabeth's sixth birthday.
Designed by the architect Edmund Willmott, who had previously built a smaller little house for his own daughter, it was intended as a symbol of the love and fascination of the Welsh people for the little princess, who at that time was never expected to become queen will.
Over the years the Queen's children have played around the house, as have her grandchildren – most likely Prince Harry too – and their great-grandchildren. It is believed to hold a special place in the hearts of all royal children, but Princess Beatrice was particularly intrigued by it and renovated the structure in 2012.
Prince Harry and Meghan's Christmas card was their first since moving to California and featured 19-month-old Archie's red head of hair.
Prince Charles stood in front of the small Welsh cottage at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, England on April 7, 1954
The Queen's playhouse is believed to hold a special place in the hearts of all royal children, but Princess Beatrice (pictured) was particularly intrigued by it and renovated the structure in 2012
The couple plays with Archie in the garden of their £ 11 million ($ 15 million) home in Montecito with the dogs Pula and Guy. The card is a drawing of a photo Meghan's mother Doria took earlier this month.
It was published by Mayhew, the London-based animal welfare organization that 39-year-old Meghan is a patron, and reads, "I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
A tiny Christmas tree in the picture is adorned with ornaments chosen by Archie. The Mayhew tweeted the picture yesterday along with a thank you for an undisclosed personal donation from the royals.
Meghan writes: “This year we as a family donated to various charities for you. From a local California organization helping families out of homelessness to two of our UK patrons: one that supports animal and community welfare and the other, a memorial fund for a valued friend who helps raise children and fight poverty in Uganda. We have recognized her work for all of us. & # 39;
Last year, Harry and Meghan's Christmas card showed the couple grinning as Baby Archie stared at the camera lens
In 2018, the then newlyweds sent a black and white picture of their summer wedding at Windsor Castle, Berkshire
"The small Christmas tree, including the homemade ornaments and other decorations, was chosen by Archie and the tree will be replanted after the holidays."
The card offers a glimpse of the family home and Archie's playhouse. A spokesman for the couple said: "The original photo of the family was taken by the Duchess' mother at her home earlier this month.
Mayhew, based in Kensal Green, west London, said on his website that the money would help "weather the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and enable us to reach the animals and people who need it." Having trouble".
Mayhew General Manager Caroline Yates said: “We are delighted to have the Duchess of Sussex as our patroness and she has shed a great light on our community animal welfare work over the past two years.
"It was a special honor for us to recently receive a personal donation from the Duke and Duchess, with which we can help even more cats, dogs and pet owners in need during this difficult winter period."
Harry and Meghan moved to Montecito after living at Tyler Perry's 12 bedroom house in Beverly Hills.
They enjoyed last Christmas in Canada after stepping down as senior royals, and it is assumed they will spend this festive time with Doria in their new home.
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