British royal family welcomes new baby boy
The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a baby son. Mother
and child were both doing well, Buckingham Palace announced.
The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry was present for the birth
weighing 7lbs 30z, which happened at 5.26am on Monday.
The new baby boy is seventh in line to the throne, and an
eighth great-grandchild for the 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth.
Speaking shortly after the birth, 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
“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.”
The baby is a fourth grandchild for the Prince of Wales, and
a first for Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is at the couple’s new residence,
Frogmore Cottage, on the Windsor estate, after flying in from her Los Angeles
home recently to support her daughter.
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.
The couple had made clear there would be no hospital steps
photocall with the newborn, as there was with the Duchess of Cambridge and her
three children. It is understood they thought there was no pressure for such a
public show when the baby was not in the direct line of succession, and
unlikely to ever be monarch.
The first photographs of the baby could be released through
the couple’s @sussexroyal Instagram account. It is understood there will be a
photocall with a small representative group of media in the coming days.
The fact that details of the birth were kept so private is
thought to reflect Harry’s difficult relationship with the media over the years
and his wish to protect the privacy of his wife and child as much as possible.
The baby will be entitled to have dual nationality, as the
offspring of a British father and American mother.
The arrival means that Meghan will still be tending to the
newborn when the US president, Donald Trump, makes his state visit to the UK on
3 June. Before marrying in to the royal family she was a vocal critic of Trump,
previously calling him “divisive” and a “misogynist”.
Souvenirs celebrating the birth have already been released
by the Royal Collection. A “Royal Baby Bear 2019”, a limited edition cream bear
retailing at £125, has been handmade by traditional Shropshire-based teddy bear
makers Merrythought especially for the Royal Collection. The couple has already
received a number of teddy bears on their travels, along with a menagerie of
other exotic soft toys for their nursery.
The couple had suggested people wishing to express their
good wishes could donate to four charities in honour of their baby – Lunchbox
Fund, Well Child, Baby2Baby and Little Village.
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