Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have welcomed their first child, a boy, the royal family confirmed on Monday. The new baby is Queen Elizabeth’s eighth great-grandchild and the seventh in line to the British throne.
Kensington Palace said in a statement that Meghan went into labor early Monday morning. Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, was by Meghan’s side, the statement said.
The boy was born at 5:26 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces, the palace said.
A delighted Prince Harry said: “I am very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning. A very healthy boy.”
“Mother and baby are doing incredibly well. It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.”
“How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. We’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out there.
“It’s been amazing, so we just want to share this with everybody.”
“We are still thinking about names. The baby’s a little bit overdue, so we’ve had a little bit of time to think about it, but that’s the next bit.
“We will be seeing you guys in two days’ time as planned, as a family, to share it with you guys so everyone can see the baby.
The Duke, who couldn’t stop grinning as he gave his statement, joked: “I haven’t been at many births! This is definitely my first birth. It was amazing, absolutely incredible.
“As I said, I am so incredibly proud of my wife.
“As every father or parent would say, your baby is absolutely amazing. But this little thing is absolutely to die for, so I am just over the moon.”
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer were informed and were said to be “delighted” with the news.
The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is “overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild” is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.
“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” the palace statement read.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are now expected to visit the couple and their new toddlerat the weekend after returning from an legitimate go to to Germany.
The baby’s position in the line of succession used to be guaranteed as seventh irrespective of its sex due to the alternate in the primogeniture guidelines