The Duchess and Duke of Sussex have welcomed a baby boy, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. He was born at 5.26am today, 6 May, weighing 7lbs 3oz and a name will be announced in “due course”.
The Duke himself was present for the birth and the Duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland, is currently with her daughter and son-in-law at Frogmore Cottage where the couple live. Baby Sussex is seventh in line to the throne.
“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,” read a statement from Buckingham Palace.
“The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
The announcement was made shortly after it was confirmed Meghan had gone into labour earlier this morning.
“The Duchess of Sussex went into labour in the early hours of this morning,” the palace said in a press release. “The Duke of Sussex was by Her Royal Highnesses’ side. An announcement will be made soon.”
The couple first announced news that the duchess was pregnant in October 2018, just before embarking upon their first official overseas royal tour to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Speculation had arose after Meghan wore a long, dark coat to Princess Eugenie’s wedding just a few days before the announcement. The couple decided to keep the baby’s gender a surprise until the birth.
The duchess said in 2016 that motherhood was on her “bucket list”. “I can’t wait to start a family, but in due time,” she said.
Although the royals haven’t shared many details on their new family member, Meghan previously compared pregnancy to jet lag. “It’s like having jet lag without actually travelling,” she said, adding that she used yoga to manage some of the earlier symptoms.
The Queen referenced her eighth great-grandchild in her 2018 Christmas speech.
“Closer to home, it’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies, and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied,” she said.
From Harper’s Bazaar UK