Royal baby: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gives birth to boy

Youngest royal is seventh in line to throne and Queen’s eighth great-grandchild

 Prince Harry after Meghan gives birth to boy: ‘Absolutely over the moon’ – video

The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a baby son, weighing 7lbs 3oz. Mother and child were both doing well, Buckingham Palace announced.

The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth, which happened at 5.26am on Monday.

The child is seventh in line to the throne, and an eighth great-grandchild for the 93-year-old Queen.

A beaming Prince Harry said: “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.

 The announcement on Instagram of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child. Photograph: @sussexroyal

“We’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there. It’s been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody.”

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526. The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz.

“The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth. 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 her child are both doing well.”

A name for the baby will be announced in due course.

Meghan is believed to have been overdue. Harry has an official visit to the Hague scheduled for Thursday, when he is due to launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games 2020. He had been due to visit Amsterdam on Wednesday but that was cancelled on Friday, leading to speculation the birth was overdue.

The couple had announced in April that they had “taken a personal decision” to keep the plans around the arrival their baby private. So, the wait had been a challenge for royal commentators faced with a paucity of facts beyond only that a royal birth was imminent.

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