Baby Sussex Has Arrived! Meghan Markle Gives Birth to a Baby Boy
The Sussex Royal Instagram account has just announced the birth of Baby Sussex, a son born to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle today, May 6 2019. In a post, the announcement says, "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."
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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.
The Duchess went into labor on the morning of May 6, and it was confirmed that Prince Harry was by her side, after wisely postponing a royal engagement to the Netherlands.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 6, 2019
The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz and The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth.
Read the full announcement here: https://t.co/RCUFjQG8pe
The Royal Family's Twitter account has released statements from the immediate members of the royal family, Doria Ragland, as well as Princess Diana's siblings, saying that they were informed of the news and "delighted."
The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 6, 2019
Her Royal Highness and the baby are both doing well.
The newest addition to the royal family is at present the seventh in line to the British throne, after his father. At this point, it’s still unclear what title the baby will receive as it still isn’t certain that he will be a prince. In December 2012, the Queen issued a new Letters Patent that declared that Prince William’s children would be styled with the title of prince or princess, but there was no word on whether Prince Harry’s offspring will be able to have the same privilege. He could always take the title of Earl of Dumbarton in the future.
The birth came weeks after Meghan began to skip significant royal engagements such as the Queen’s Easter Sunday celebration, which also fell on the monarch’s birthday. It was also reported that Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland flew to the U.K. to be with her daughter during this time. The initial announcement of Meghan’s pregnancy was made mid-October of 2018.
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Following the birth, we probably won’t get to see a photo of the baby right away as the Sussexes have opted to skip the photo op on the steps of the Lindo Wing, which has become a tradition for showing off the newborn royals to the press. A statement released on April 11 said: “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep plans around the arrival of their new baby quiet. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”
We likely won’t see Meghan play an active role in the royal engagements as she will take a maternal leave from her duties. Traditionally, royal mothers have more of an extended leave to take time with their newborns while fathers are back to work sooner.
Meanwhile, our guesses for godparents include high-profile couple George and Amal Clooney, Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney and her husband Ben, Prince Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie, and Meghan’s childhood friend Benita Litt, among other options.
We’ll be sure to update as more news comes in but until then, congratulations to the new parents!