MEGHAN Markle has given birth to her first royal baby – a boy. The exciting news has been confirmed by Kensington Palace.
Meghan and Prince Harry welcomed a baby boy into the world today, weighing in at 7lbs 3oz. Prince Harry was by his wife’s side when their royal baby was delivered. The Queen, along with Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland, Prince Charles and Camilla have been told of the news.
Prince Harry confirmed the news with an emotional statement in Windsor, gushing his new son was “to die for”.
He said: “We’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support…still thinking about names. The baby is a little bit overdue but that’s the next bit.
“We will probably see you in two days as planned to everyone can see the baby. I’m so incredibly proud of my wife.
“Every baby is amazing but this little thing is absolutely to die for. I’m over the moon!”
An easel has been placed outside Buckingham Palace to announce the royal baby news.
It will remain there for 24 hours.
The practice of posting a bulletin outside the Palace announcing a royal birth has gone on for at least as long as Buckingham Palace has been the Sovereign’s official residence – since 1837.
The newest arrival is the royal couple’s first child and they will be seventh in line to the throne.
The couple’s Instagram – SussexRoyal – also posted of their baby joy.
The post read: “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.”
They are the Queen and Prince Philip’s eighth great-grandchild.
And now royal fans across the world will await the iconic moment Meghan and Harry introduce their bundle of joy to the world, expected to take place in a couple of days as confirmed by Prince Harry himself.
Kensington Palace said they would like the “the opportunity to celebrate privately” first.
However royal fans are hopeful they will catch a first glimpse of the royal baby on the couple’s recently opened Sussex Royal Instagram account.
The new royal baby has been welcomed into the world by a flurry of stars and politicians.
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy. Wishing you all the best at this happy time.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also said: “Congratulations to Meghan and Harry on the birth of their baby. I hope they’re all doing well. #royalbaby.”
The royal family Twitter account also revealed Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, is “overjoyed” at the arrival of the tot.
Thomas Markle Snr, Meghan’s estranged father, told The Sun he is sure his new grandson “will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity and honour.”
The Duke and Duchess confirmed they were expecting their third child on October 15 as the couple arrived in Sydney for the start of their 16-day tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Meghan’s final royal duty before going on maternity leave was at the the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 14.