Congratulations have poured in from around the world following the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son.
The newborn was delivered at 05:26 BST on Monday, with Prince Harry saying the baby boy was “absolutely to die for”.
The Palace said the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales were all “delighted with the news”.
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, was said to be “overjoyed”, while former US First Lady, Michelle Obama said she and Barack were “thrilled”.
The baby, who has not been named yet, is seventh in line to the throne, behind the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and his children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and Prince Harry.
He is the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild.
Speaking after the birth, Harry said they planned to present the baby to the media in two days’ time “so everyone can see” him.
He said Meghan and the baby were doing “incredibly well”, adding that they were still thinking about names for the infant.
Buckingham Palace said the duke was present for the birth.
The baby weighed 7lbs 3oz (3.2kg), making him lighter than each of his cousins.
Prince George was 8lb 6oz (3.8kg) when he was born in July 2013. His sister Princess Charlotte was 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg) when she arrived in May 2015, while their younger brother Prince Louis weighed 8lb 7oz (3.8kg) when he was born in April last year.
The average weight of a baby in the UK is about 7lb 7oz (3.4kg). A statement added that Meghan’s mother was “overjoyed at the arrival of her first grandchild” and was with her daughter at Frogmore Cottage – the Sussexes’ home on the Windsor Estate.
Kensington Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were “delighted” and “looking forward” to meeting him.
Prime Minister Theresa May, Labor leader, Jeremy Corbyn and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon were among the politicians to offer their congratulations to the royal couple on Twitter.
Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who married the couple in May last year, said: “May God bless the new family with love, health and happiness.”
The choir that sang at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding wrote a lullaby for the new baby
Congratulations also came from celebrities and famous figures in the United States, where Meghan was born.
The baby is a dual citizen, having automatically acquired US citizenship, via Meghan, at birth.
Speaking to the Sun from his home in Mexico, Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, said he was “proud” his grandson was born into the British royal family and he was “sure that he would grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honor
It would be recalled that
8 November 2016 – Kensington Palace releases a statement that confirms Prince Harry has been dating Meghan Markle “for a few months” and asks the press to respect their privacy
28 November 2017 – Harry and Meghan announce they are engaged to be married
15 December 2017 – Kensington Palace confirms the couple have chosen to wed in Windsor on 19 May the following year
19 May 2018 – Harry and Meghan are married in front of 600 guests at St George’s Chapel and become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
15 October 2018 – Kensington Palace announces the duchess is pregnant, and is due to give birth in spring 2019
6 May 2019 – Meghan gives birth to a boy, who becomes seventh in line to the throne.
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