May 6, 2019
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially parents!
The royal baby was born on Monday, May 6 at 5:26 a.m. weighing in at a 7 pounds, 3 ounces. The Sussex Royal Instagram account announced the news, elaborating, "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. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days."
Prince Harry spoke to the media at the same time the birth of his son was confirmed. The proud new dad 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 prince also noted that they're still considering names for their newborn. "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," the Duke of Sussex added.
UPDATE: On May 8, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the royal baby's name via Instagram: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child:
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion."
Buckingham Palace confirmed the morning of May 6 that the Duchess of Sussex was in labor.
“The Duchess went into labour in the early hours of this morning. The Duke of Sussex was by Her Royal Highnesses’ side. An announcement will be made soon,” the statement read.
Here are all the details about the lead-up to the baby's birth.
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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 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. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.
We've been tracking Meghan Markle's pregnancy week by week ever since the couple's big news broke in October. Kensington Palace had been quite secretive about the Duchess of Sussex's due date, but they did note that Meghan and Harry will welcome their first child in spring 2019. CNN reported that at various royal engagements since the original announcement, Meghan said the baby was due to arrive around the end of April or the beginning of May.
Royal baby watchers interested in astrology knows the royal family is packed with Taurean energy: Queen Elizabeth (April 21), Prince Louis (April 23), and Princess Charlotte (May 2) all have their sun in Taurus. And dad-to-be Prince Harry's moon is in Taurus!
In addition to betting on the royal baby's sex, bookies are speculating on the royal baby's name. Ladbrokes is laying the best odds on Albert (the name of Queen Victoria's beloved spouse) or Philip (the name of Harry's grandfather) as the pick, with 12/1 odds. Arthur and James come just behind that, with 16/1 odds.
Understandably tight-lipped about potential royal baby names, Markle has only gone so far to say, "We’ve been given a long list of names from everyone. We’re going to sit down and have a look at them," according to People.
We know that Meghan and Harry's baby boy will be seventh in line to the throne, behind his father, and will remain ahead of any other children Harry and Meghan have in the future, again regardless of their sex. But as far as the baby's title goes, royal watchers point out that up until recently, only the oldest son of the Prince of Wales—so, Prince George—was called His Royal Highness or a Prince. That changed when in December 2012, the Queen issued new Letters Patent, which declared that all of William and Kate's children would hold the title of HRH and would be styled as princes and princesses.
But this new Letters Patent doesn't apply to Meghan and Harry's little one. According to The Independent, the Sussexes baby boy's title will be Earl of Dumbarton, because that is one of the lesser official titles Harry received on his wedding day. All of their following children would have the titles Lady or Lord [name] Mountbatten-Windsor.