The wait is over! After months of anticipation, the royal baby bump watch is finally over after Meghan Markle went into labour earlier today and gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
The newborn child, seventh in the line to the throne, was born at 5.26am British time and weighs 7lbs, 3oz.
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We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz. The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.
In an announcement on The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s official Instagram account, both the mother and baby were reported to be doing well and healthy.
We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.
The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives.
More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.
Speaking to the BBC after the birth, Prince Harry shared that the baby was “a little overdue” and that he plans to make another announcement in two days’ time “so everyone can see the baby”.
When asked about his experience witnessing the birth of his son, the Duke of Sussex said: “I haven’t been at many births. This is definitely my first. It was amazing, absolutely incredible, and, as I said, I’m so incredibly proud of my wife. As every father and parent will ever say, you know, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to-die-for, so I’m just over the moon.”
We’re so thrilled to welcome Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child into the world. And as for the name of the baby, we are eagerly waiting to find out too! Once again, congratulations to the couple!
UPDATE: We’ve got a glimpse of the royal baby and his name has been announced!
Buckingham Palace officially released the first family photo of Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the royal baby, and we’re in absolute awe over his cuteness! This is the first glimpse the world got of the new family of three after Meghan gave birth at the hospital in the early hours of 6 May.
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Images of Prince Harry cradling his newborn with Meghan by his side were shared on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s official Instagram page with the caption:
Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago.
Unlike Kate Middleton, Meghan chose not to walk into the media spotlight with her newborn hours after giving birth. Instead, the Press Association news agency reported that the couple decided to go public with their first child through a small press pool of just one reporter, one photographer, three cameramen, the couple’s own private photographer and a household press office photographer.
Hours after making their first public appearance with their baby, Meghan and Harry announced the name for their son: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor!
The Royals have a history of naming their babies to honour older family members but as far as we’re aware, there doesn’t seem to have an ‘Archie’ in the British royal lineup. According to Emily Andrews, royal correspondent for The Sun, Meghan and Harry were said to have chosen the name because “they liked the symbolic meaning of ‘brave’ and ‘source of action’ for Archie and ‘son of Harry’ for Harrison”.
As for the baby’s title, it turns out he won’t be eligible for the prince title because Harry’s the second son of the current Prince of Wales and his children will be too far down the line of succession to be His or Her Royal Highness by birth. However, he’ll still become a prince one day when his grandfather, Prince Charles, becomes king!
Technically, Archie could have earned the title ‘Earl of Dumbarton’ as that’s one of Prince Harry’s titles, but the family chose to not give him a title as part of their efforts to “live their lives quietly”.