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"For the first time in a long time, they have a clear focus": Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are looking forward to one big thing this Christmas

The Duke and Duchess will spend their first Christmas in their new home in Santa Barbara.

By Jess Pullar
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are gearing up for their first Christmas together in the US, and they have big plans already.
The Duke and Duchess, who share 18-month-old son Archie, moved to the US in March, and have since settled into a new home in Santa Barbara.
In a pre-COVID world, we may have seen the Sussexes fly back to the UK to spend the festive season with other members of the regal fold, but 2020 has other things in mind.
In a new report from PEOPLE, a source close to the couple has revealed the pair will get right into the festive spirit by decorating their new abode.
"They are very happy. Archie is thriving and growing quickly. As a family, they spend hours outside," the source explained.
The report also claims Meghan's LA-based mother, Doria Ragland, will join them for Christmas at their mansion which is located about 160kms from the Californian city.
Meghan and Harry will spend a low-key Christmas at their home in California. (Save the Children / The Duke of Sussex)
The exciting Christmas plans come after a tumultuous year for the royals.
In January, they announced they would step back from their roles as senior royals to pursue a financially independent life.
Then, as COVID-19 threw everyone and everything into the unknown, the pair quickly relocated back to Meghan's hometown in California.
And last week, the Duchess revealed in a deeply personal essay for the New York Times that she had miscarried her second child in July.
"I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband's hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we'd heal," the Duchess wrote in the poignant piece.
Meghan penned a searing essay about the devastating impact of her miscarriage. (Getty)
In PEOPLE's report, the source explained: "Ever since Archie arrived, everything has been so turbulent, and many things have been up in the air. It has not been easy, necessarily."
But it seems things are starting to look up.
"For the first time in a long time, they have a clear focus," they added.
Earlier this year, the pair revealed they would be launching their own foundation, Archewell, which would act as an umbrella for all of their charity work.
They also have a contract with Netflix, and its understood they will be producing thought-provoking content with an aim to bring awareness to causes that need it most.
And with one month to go in a year filled with twists and turns, it seems like things are only looking up for Harry and Meghan. Bring it all on!
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