Meghan Markle has given birth to a baby boy.
The Countess of Dumbarton, 37, went into labour following weeks of speculation surrounding the birth of the child.
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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.
Prince Harry was at Meghan’s side and spoke to the media following the birth of their son, who weighed 7lbs 30z.
Speaking from Windsor he said: “I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy this morning, a very healthy baby 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 but we’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful all the love and support from everybody out there, it’s been amazing so I just wanted to share this with everybody.”
He added the couple are “still thinking about names”, adding: “The baby is a little bit overdue so we’ve had a little bit of time to think about it.”
Prince Harry said they will show their youngster to the world in “two days time”.
He added: “It was amazing, absolutely incredibly, I am so incredibly proud of my wife. This little thing is absolutely to die for.”
Harry and Meghan’s baby, which was born at 5.26am, is the seventh in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s eighth great-grandchild, and a fourth grandchild for the Prince of Wales.
A notice of birth has gone on display on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace following the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ son. pic.twitter.com/bKMZCtXHOq
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 6, 2019
A statement from the royal family said: “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 have been informed and are 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 the baby are both doing well.”
The baby’s sex was a surprise for the couple, who chose not to find out what they were having.
In a break from royal tradition, the couple decided to keep details about the birth plan a secret.
Buckingham Palace released a statement in April that said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby.
“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.”
The pregnancy was announced in October as they began their first major overseas tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Bookmakers will be waiting to see whether they have to pay out on the name, delivery date, and weight of the baby.
Predicted choices include Diana, Elizabeth, Alice, Isabella, Grace and Victoria for a girl and Arthur, Albert, Frederick, James, Charles and Philip for a boy.