The royal baby has arrived, Kensington Palace confirmed today. Meghan and Harry welcomed their first child, a son, in the early hours of May 6 2019. Baby Sussex is seventh in line to the British throne.
After weeks of royal baby fever, Kensington Palace has announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed their first child, a baby boy. The news was confirmed via Instagram.
“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,” read the statement. “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 on the new arrival are to be expected in the next few days.
Meghan and Harry moved away from tradition by opting to keep the birth of their first child private before sharing the news with the public. Last month, Buckingham Palace released a statement declaring that “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.” Other royals, such as the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, have posed for photographs on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London after the arrival of their children.
The royal couple first announced that they were expecting their first child last October, five months after their Windsor Castle wedding.
The yet-to-be-named royal baby is the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild, and seventh in line to the throne, behind his grandfather Prince Charles, his uncle Prince William, cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and father, Prince Harry.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby will not receive the title of prince unless the Queen intervenes on her new great-grandchild’s behalf – Prince Harry’s great-great-grandfather King George V limited titles within the royal family in 1917.
The child’s name will likely be revealed in the coming days. Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s names were announced two days after they were born, while Prince Louis’s wasn’t revealed until four days after his birth.
The new parents will settle into family life at their new home at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor. The listed property – which has views of Windsor Great Park and Frogmore House, and famously hosted the couple’s wedding reception last year – recently underwent extensive renovations ahead of the family moving in.