Live: It’s a boy – Harry and Meghan welcome royal baby
‘I’m so incredibly proud of my wife,’ said Harry.
The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a baby son weighing 7lbs 3oz and mother and child are doing well.
Speaking from Windsor, proud father the Duke of Sussex said: “I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy this morning, a very healthy baby boy.”
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The duke and duchess were congratulated by Meghan’s former Suits co-star and onscreen husband Patrick J Adams.
Just heard that the world just got heavier by 7 pounds and 3 ounces. Much love to him and his incredible parents. Learned first hand 7 months ago how transformational becoming a parent is and couldn’t be happier for Meghan and Harry as they begin this adventure. #playdatesoon— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) May 6, 2019
Buckingham Palace announces birth
Watch: Public in Windsor celebrate Harry and Meghan’s new arrival
The Invictus Games The Hague tweeted: “It’s a boy! Congratulations to our Patron HRH The Duke of Sussex and to HRH The Duchess of Sussex with the arrival of the #RoyalBaby!”
Harry and Meghan have thanked the public for their support and kindness during this “exceptionally joyful time in their lives”.
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This afternoon, His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex shared the news of the arrival of his and the Duchess’ first born child. Their son was born early morning on the 6th of May, 2019 and weighs 7lbs and 3oz. Their Royal Highnesses thank you for your support and kindness during this exceptionally joyful time in their lives as they welcome their baby boy.
Former US first lady Michelle Obama congratulated the duke and duchess.
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The official notice drew large crowds to Buckingham Palace.
Harry will still go ahead with his official visit to The Hague on Thursday, the palace confirmed.
He is due to launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games 2020.
Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is at Frogmore Cottage, helping the family adjust to the life with a newborn.
Bishop Michael Curry, who gave the rousing sermon about love at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, has also congratulated the new parents.
The Jewish tradition reminds us that the birth of every child is a reminder that God is not finished with us yet. There is hope. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and prayers of blessing for them and their baby.#royalbaby— PB Michael Curry (@PB_Curry) May 6, 2019
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A town crier was spreading cheer at Windsor.
A framed notice of birth will go on display on a ceremonial easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace following the birth, the palace announced.
Bookmaker Coral has revealed odds of 12-1 for Harry and Meghan’s son to win a Nobel prize.
He is also 100-1 to land an Oscar, 200-1 to play football for England and 250-1 to become the US President.
Coral’s John Hill said: “Despite him only being a few hours old, punters are already rushing in to back the new royal baby to go on to achieve various things in his life, most notably win a Nobel prize, given how important charity work is to his parents.
“There may be a debate in the future about who the child will represent at sport, if good enough, when he is older, while we have taken bets on him becoming prime minister in he UK and the US president.”
He is 100-1 to become the British prime minister, and 500-1 to become the monarch, and only 6-1 to have a UK number one single.
Harry’s uncle Charles Spencer wished them well.
Really very lovely news today - many, many, congratulations! (Good to have another Taurean in the family....)— Charles Spencer (@cspencer1508) May 6, 2019
TV crews flocked to Windsor on news of the birth.
Former prime minister David Cameron congratulated Harry and Meghan.
Heartfelt congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy. Such wonderful and happy news! Sending love and very best wishes— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 6, 2019
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The happy news also drew well-wishers to Buckingham Palace.
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Royal fans gathered at Windsor to celebrate.
Harry could not stop beaming after giving his hastily arranged live public announcement about the birth of his son.
Off camera he looked relaxed and was understandably in a very good mood but confessed to missing out on rest, saying: “I’ve had about two hours’ sleep.”
They were swiftly followed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who officiated at their wedding almost a year ago.
Prime Minister Theresa May was among the politicians congratulating Harry and Meghan.
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy. Wishing you all the best at this happy time.— Theresa May (@theresa_may) May 6, 2019
Congratulations to Meghan and Harry on the birth of their baby. I hope they're all doing well. #royalbaby— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 6, 2019
The birth of a baby is a joyful occasion - congratulations to Harry and Meghan 👶 https://t.co/VbXUitWuSZ— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 6, 2019
Congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their boy. Absolutely wonderful news! #royalbaby— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) May 6, 2019
(As Home Secretary, contrary to speculation, I didn’t attend the birth! 🙂)
Harry added: “I haven’t been at many births.
“This is definitely my first birth – it was amazing, absolutely incredible.
“I’m so incredibly proud of my wife.
“And as every father and parent would say, your baby is absolutely amazing.
“But this little thing is absolutely to-die-for so I’m absolutely over the moon.”
Harry said the couple were “still thinking about names” for their son.
He said: “The baby was a little bit overdue so we’ve had a little bit of time to think about it.
“That’s the next bit.”
He said he planned to make another announcement in two days’ time “so everyone can see the baby”.
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.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 6, 2019
A beaming Harry said: “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.
“We’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there, it’s been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody.”
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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.
Speaking from Windsor, the Duke of Sussex said: “I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy this morning, a very healthy baby boy.”
Buckingham Palace statement:
“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs.
“The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz.
“The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth.
“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.
“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 name of the baby, which is seventh in line to the throne, will be announced at a later date.