Britain’s Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle gave birth to a baby boy on Monday. The royal baby is the first child of the Duchess and Prince Harry who got married in May 2018.

The 37-year-old went into labour in the early hours of Monday, and the baby was born at “0526 hrs”. Prince Harry was present during the delivery, the Buckingham Palace said.

The Sussex Royal Instagram handle also shared the news with a post that read: “It’s a boy.”

“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 handle said in the comment section.

“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,” the post said in a subsequent comment, adding: “More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.”


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After the birth of his son, Prince Harry told the media he was “over the moon” at becoming a father for the first time.

“I haven’t been in many births, this is definitely my first birth! But it was amazing, absolutely incredible, and as I said, I’m so incredibly proud of my wife. As every father and parent would say, your baby is absolutely amazing. But this little thing is absolutely to die for, so I’m just over the moon,” several media reports quoted him as saying.

“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,” said the Buckingham Palace statement.

It added that Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland “is overjoyed” by the arrival of her first grandchild, and was with the royal family at Frogmore Cottage.

Earlier, while announcing the news, the Duke of Sussex had said: “I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy earlier this morning, a very healthy 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 for all the love and support from everybody out there. It’s been amazing, so I just wanted to share this with everybody.”

The name of the newborn has not been decided yet.

“The baby’s a little bit overdue so we’ve had a little bit of time to think about it, that’s the next bit. For us we’ll be seeing you guys in probably two days time as planned,” Harry told the media.