Baby Sussex Is Born—Here’s What We Know About Meghan And Harry’s Baby
After months of speculation over the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal baby, Baby Sussex is finally born, abeit slightly overdue. The Buckingham Palace announced today at 6:30am (GMT+1) that the Duchess of Sussex had gone into labour at the early hours of the morning, and confirmed one hour later that the baby was safely delivered at 5:26am. Following an emotional announcement from Prince Harry and the new family's first appearance 2 days after the birth, here are the highlights from the week.
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His name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
So far, Prince Harry and Meghan have kept fans in a tizzy since the arrival of their first born, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The young family made their first appearance 2 days post birth—as promised by Harry at the birth announcement—with Meghan looking radiant and healthy, and positively over the moon. They gave the cameras a glimpse of their swaddled bundle of joy, who stayed peacefully asleep throughout his first press conference.
The Duke of Edinburgh saw him first — by pure coincidence
While the Sussexes were on their way out to greet reporters, they bumped into the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. This meant he had first dibs of meeting his new grandchild, ahead of the Queen. Shortly after the young family's public appearance, they posted an aw-worthy portrait of Archie meeting with his beaming grandparents for the first time, with Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, in frame too.
It’s a boy
Harry and Meghan’s firstborn child is a baby boy, weighing 7lbs. 3oz. at birth. A beaming Harry appeared live from the Windsor Castle, sharing that the “little thing is absolutely to die for” and that it has “been the most amazing experience [he] could ever possibly imagine”. Both Meghan and the baby are doing well. The Duke of Sussex also told press that they are still deciding on the boy’s name, which will likely be announced in two days.
Names that punters are betting on include traditional names like Albert, Arthur, Alexander, James, Phillip, Henry, Frederick, Thomas, and Edward—though the Sussexes might just surprise us, with their track record for going against royal tradition.
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The where and how
When the Sussexes made their move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, royal watchers predicted that they would choose Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey—15 miles from their new home—instead of the luxurious Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, where Princess Ann, Princess Diana, and most recently Kate Middleton have chosen to deliver.
It was later rumoured that Meghan planned to have a natural home birth at the Frogmore Cottage, reportedly appointing her own all-female delivery team to oversee her child’s birth, instead of the Royal Household gynaecologists. While no details have been revealed, this could very well be true, according to the Buckingham Palace’s update that Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, is with the Sussexes and their baby at the cottage.
Will Baby Sussex be a prince?
Unlike Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louise, the latest royal baby is not likely to be made a prince—unless the Queen decides to make him one. This is because Baby Sussex, who is now seventh in line to the throne, is too far down the line of succession.
Instead, he could become the Earl of Dumbarton, one of the subsidiary titles the Queen bestowed upon Harry on the morning of his wedding.
Watch Prince Harry's announcement below.