January 23, 2022

Meghan Markle’s Redhead Family Story Revealed As Archie Proves Recessive Gene In Photo | Royal

Prince Harry and Meghan: Levin discusses Christmas card

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today shared the first image of their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, in a family portrait featured on their official Christmas card. Photo shows the family of four laughing as Meghan hugs her daughters. Lilibet, now six months old, was born in June and is their second child after two-year-old Archie Harrison.

While Lilibet’s image grabs the attention of royal fans, it was Archie’s full hair – and color – that stole the show.

The toddler can be seen with a short, curly mop in bright red, just like his father.

The red-haired gene is something that scientists have looked at and studied for years.

Many parents often wonder if their children will be born with red hair, even if they are not red themselves.

Meghan Markle: The Duchess must have the red-haired gene in her family (Image: GETTY / Photo by Alexi Lubomirski, copyright held by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex © 2021)

Christmas Card: Their family Christmas card for this year (Image: Photo by Alexi Lubomirski, Copyright held by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex © 2021)

DNA companies have even offered people the chance to see if their children inherit the “ginger gene,” the MC1R gene.

This gene is recessive, which means that a person needs two copies for it to appear or be expressed.

Harry has always been compared to his mother, Diana, on the Princess of Wales side, especially for her red hair which is a trait of Spencer.

But somewhere later his father, from Prince Charles’ family side, was also to have a red line.

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Archie: Archie remained a baby in the minds of many royal fans after moving to the United States in 2020

Archie: Archie has remained a baby in the minds of many royal fans after moving to the United States in 2020 (Image: GETTY)

So the same can be said of Meghan.

Because MCR1 is recessive, if both parents carry the gene, only one in four children is likely to turn red.

But the key is that both parents must be carriers of the gene.

As a result, families who have not had a redhead for decades may suddenly discover a redhead child among them.

BritainsDNA Chief Scientist Dr Jim Wilson previously told the Daily Mail: “Families can wear a variant for generations, and when one carrier has children with another carrier, a red baby can appear seemingly from zero. go.

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Celebrity: Since moving to the US Harry and Meghan have acquired something like celebrity status

Celebrity: Since moving to the US, Harry and Meghan have gained something like celebrity status (Image: GETTY)

MCR1: the gene is recessive, which means a person needs two copies for it to appear

MCR1: The gene is recessive, which means a person needs two copies for it to appear (Image: GETTY)

It’s unclear which member of Meghan’s family might have had red hair.

Globally, red hair is actually quite rare.

Just over 0.5%, or one in 200 people, are redheads, or nearly 40 million people.

In Ireland, an estimated 10 percent of the population has red hair, although around 40 percent of Irish carry the recessive gene.

While in Scotland and England 13% and 6%, respectively, are redheads.

Royal romance: Harry and Meghan met in 2016 and tied the knot two years later in a big event

Royal romance: Harry and Meghan met in 2016 and tied the knot two years later at a big event (Image: Express Newspapers)

In their Christmas card, Harry and Meghan said: “This year 2021 we have welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, into the world. Archie made us a ‘mom’ and a ‘daddy’ and Lili made us a family.

“As we look forward to 2022, we have made donations on your behalf to several organizations that honor and protect families – from those moving from Afghanistan to American families in need of paid parental leave. “

In the photo, Lilibet also looks to have a booming red hair.

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Family: The couple will not be returning to the UK for Christmas this year (Image: GETTY)

With the Christmas card posted on Twitter, one user wrote, “The red hair gene is strong with these kids. “

Another said, “Looks like another redhead wonder!” “

A third said: “Beautiful family!