The wait for the royal baby’s first look got over on Wednesday with Prince Harry and wife Meghan presenting their newborn son before the public. While the name of the child has not been revealed yet, the new mother declared the baby “a dream”. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex posed for cameras with the newborn at Windsor Castle. The two-day-old, known for now as Baby Sussex, is seventh in line to the throne.
The newest royal baby, wrapped in a white blanket and wearing a matching cap, appeared at full ease and apparently sleeping as dad Prince Harry cradled him in his arms, posing for the shutterbugs who had been waiting impatiently to click “Baby Sussex”.
According to mom Meghan, the baby has the sweetest temperament and he’s really calm. He’s been a dream, she added.
So, as a mother, how have the first days have been? “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy,” said the Duchess of Sussex.
“It’s great. Parenting is amazing.
“It’s only been two and a half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy,” said Harry.
The couple was on an overseas tour in October, visiting Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand around the Invictus Games in Sydney, Harry’s Olympics-style event for wounded military veterans, when the news about the baby was announced.
The eighth great grandchild to Queen Elizabeth II, the newborn is believed to be the first mixed-race child born to a senior member of the British Royal Family in centuries.
If the line of succession is taken as a gauge, Baby Sussex’s grandfather the Prince of Wales, his uncle the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, his three young cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and his father Harry are ahead of him, thus making him the seventh in the line of succession.
The great-grandmother is scheduled to meet him later on Wednesday, and only after she steps in, he will be made a prince.
On the pertinent and unavoidable question of who the baby looks like, Harry says, “Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks. We’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month really. But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows.”
With parenting, comes the responsibilities and one has to be ever ready to make a few sacrifices, like sleep.
This is how Prince William welcomed his brother Harry — to “the sleep deprivation society that is parenting”.
Grandfather Prince Charles, who is on an official visit to Germany with the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, said, “We couldn’t be more delighted at the news and we’re looking forward to meeting the baby when we return.”
Baby’s maternal grandmother, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, is “overjoyed at the arrival of her first grandchild”. She was with Meghan at Frogmore Cottage – the new parents’ home on the Windsor Estate.
(With agency inputs)