Baby Sussex has arrived! Meghan gave birth to a healthy baby boy early this morning, at 5:26 a.m. local time. According to the palace, the youngest royal weighs 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Prince Harry was by Meghan’s side during labor. Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, was on hand as well, undoubtedly excited to meet her first grandchild.
Unlike most royal births, Harry and Meghan were eager to keep the birth of their child as private as possible. Breaking with tradition, the famous couple elected not to give birth at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Instead, Meghan hoped to have the baby at Frogmore Cottage near Windsor Castle, where the couple recently moved from London. It’s not clear if the baby was indeed born at home or if Meghan went to a nearby hospital.
Harry and Meghan’s baby boy is seventh in the line of succession. It’s unlikely the newest royal will ever make it to the throne, behind grandfather Prince Charles, uncle Prince William and his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and his father Harry. The new baby’s title is as yet uncertain. He may be the Earl of Dumbarton, unless the Queen issues a different title like she did for his Prince cousins.
In a video from CNN, papa Prince Harry is obviously thrilled at today’s events. Unable to stop himself from smiling, he describes it as “the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine.” He goes on to praise Meghan and all women for doing something “beyond comprehension.” Harry shares that the couple has yet to decide on a name for their little one, despite the baby being overdue.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will reportedly introduce their baby boy to the world in two days time.
Photo credits: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Mark Jones • CC BY 2.0