Royal baby: Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome a baby boy

6 May 2019, 16:25 | Updated: 8 May 2019, 16:48

Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome baby boy
Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome baby boy. Picture: Getty

By Helena Asprou

The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a baby boy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have just confirmed the birth of their baby boy, born in the early hours of Monday 6 May 2019.

Buckingham Palace said the Duchess and baby are both well, with the baby weighing a healthy 7lbs 3oz.

It has since been announced that the baby has been named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth, Kensington Palace announced on their website.

They also said: “The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.”

Meghan, pictured with Harry, went into labour on Monday morning
Meghan went into labour on Monday morning. Picture: Getty

After the birth, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, said: “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.”

Seventh in line for the throne, the royal baby was originally due in April, making its arrival slightly later than planned.

Moving away from tradition, the couple had previously announced that they would not be making a public appearance on the first day of its birth.

Up until last Friday, Prince Harry had scheduled a visit to Amsterdam for this week, but suddenly cancelled his trip – fuelling speculation around the birth. Further speculation continued on Friday afternoon after a witness claimed to have spotted a Bentley arriving at the couple’s Windsor cottage with pink blankets in the window.

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