Prince Harry and Meghan welcome a baby boy
The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a healthy baby boy, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Meghan went into labour in the early hours of this morning – having been more than a week overdue – and gave birth to a boy weighing 7lbs 3oz at 5.26am.
Speaking from Windsor, the Duke of Sussex said: ‘I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy this morning, a very healthy baby boy. I’m so incredibly proud of my wife.’
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said Meghan and her child were ‘both doing well’, and that the Queen was ‘delighted’ with the news.
It also revealed the duchess’ mother Doria Ragland was currently with Meghan at Frogmore Cottage, suggesting that the royal had a home birth according to www.dailymail.co.uk. daily mail.co.uk.
An overjoyed Prince Harry said the name of the baby would be announced in due course.
The baby’s sex was a surprise for the duke and duchess, who had chosen not to find out what they are having until after the birth.
Following what has been dubbed the ‘Sussex Standby’, the baby prince or princess will be seventh in line to the throne, after their father Harry and his niece and nephews Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Meghan’s doting mother Doria Ragland had flown to Britain to be at her daughter’s side for the birth of the baby at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, having cancelled her yoga classes in Los Angeles and hired a dog sitter.
Her 62-year-old mother is said to have landed in Britain last month well before Meghan was due to give birth. Sources close to the family have said that Ms Ragland wanted to be by her side for the event.
Prince Harry was forced to cancel part of a planned trip to the Netherlands this week amid rumours that Meghan’s first baby was due last weekend.
Harry is still expected to carry out an engagement at The Hague on March 9 to launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games, his Paralympic-style event for injured service personnel.
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy. We await his cute pictures eagerly.