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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, speaks to the media at Windsor Castle in Windsor following the announcement that his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had given birth to a son
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, speaks to the media at Windsor Castle in Windsor following the announcement that his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had given birth to a son
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
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By Laura Elston

An overjoyed Duke of Sussex described how his baby boy "is absolutely to-die-for" as he announced that he and the Duchess of Sussex had welcomed a son.

A thrilled Harry, speaking on camera at Windsor Castle's Royal Mews, revealed that Meghan had given birth early yesterday morning and it was the "most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined".

The seventh in line to the throne baby boy - an eighth great-grandchild for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh - arrived at 5.26am, weighing 7lb 3oz.

Congratulations flooded in from around the world, with Prime Minister Theresa May wishing the couple "all the best at this happy time" and former US first lady Michelle Obama tweeting: "Congratulations, Meghan and Harry! Barack and I are so thrilled for both of you and can't wait to meet him."

The as-yet-unnamed baby boy, who was overdue, is believed to have been born in the sanctuary of Frogmore Cottage, the Sussexes' home on the Windsor Estate.

Harry added: "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 to all the love and support from everybody out there.

"It's been amazing so we just wanted to share this with everybody."

Harry was at his wife's side during the birth and was clearly moved by the experience.

"It was amazing, absolutely incredible and, as I said, I'm so incredibly proud of my wife," he said.

"As every father and parent will ever say, you know, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to-die-for, so I'm just over the moon."

The palace confirmed in a statement: "Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 05.26hrs.

"The baby weighs 7lb 3oz.

"The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth."

The Queen and Philip, grandfather the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are all said to be delighted with the news. Meghan's mother is with the new family of three at Frogmore Cottage.

"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 palace said.

The duke and duchess's Instagram account @SussexRoyal also announced the birth saying: "It's a boy! Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to announce the birth of their child."

Last year, genealogists revealed Meghan's Belfast ancestry. The link is on the duchess's father's side, which was discovered in marriage records showing Meghan's great, great, great grandmother was Mary McCue (McHugh), a Belfast woman described as Irish and Catholic in a census, who married English soldier Thomas Bird in Dublin in 1860.

Among those who tweeted their congratulations was DUP leader Arlene Foster.

She wrote: "Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their little boy. Such a lovely time for a family. We all wish them well during this happy occasion."

UUP leader Robin Swann tweeted: "Congratulations to the Duchess of Sussex & Prince Harry on the birth of their baby son. PS, Robin is a nice name!"

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