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After weeks of speculation, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will keep birth of their first baby private. So much so, that there won’t be a traditional Lindo Wing photo or town crier.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby,” the Palace stated. “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. 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.”

Meghan Markle at her last royal engagement in March 2019. Getty Images

But this announcement leads us to one important question: Has the royal baby already been born?

The last time we caught a glimpse of Meghan was on March 19 when she visited New Zealand House with Prince Harry to pay their respects for those killed in the Christchurch terror attack. Following this final royal engagement, a Palace aide told that the Duchess is still working behind the scenes and “is not on maternity leave yet.” Meghan apparently started her maternity leave on March 20, according to reports. During this time, Prince Harry has still attended several engagements in the area, including the opening of the Barking & Dagenham Future Youth Zone on April 11.

Since this announcement from Buckingham Palace comes nearly a month after Meghan’s final engagement, royal fans are assuming that means the baby is coming soon — if not, already. For starters, Daniel Martin, the baby’s supposed godfather, headed to London earlier this month to be with Meghan, his former client and close pal. The couple also created their very own Instagram profile, which experts assume is where they’ll share the first pictures of their new bundle of joy. Plus, is the Palace’s announcement a not-so-subtle way to tell people to leave the new parents alone? Perhaps.

And since it’s highly unlikely that Meghan will give birth at the Lindo Wing like Kate Middleton and Princess Diana, it’s plausible that the child’s birth could’ve been kept under wraps.

However, if you use Kate Middleton’s pregnancies as a guide, royals typically give birth one month after going on maternity leave. In the case of Prince Louis, Kate went on maternity leave on March 22 and gave birth on April 23. So, that means it’s possible Meghan won’t be giving birth until around April 20, which aligns with the initial prediction that the baby is due in “late April.”

Plus, any thoughts that Baby Sussex has already made his or her entrance into the world, were quickly squashed by royal contributor Victoria Murphy:

It is understood there will be an announcement when The Duchess goes into labour and one at some point following the birth. It is also understood that the couple will pose for a photograph at some stage following the birth but it will not be a mass media photocall.

— Victoria Murphy (@byQueenVic) April 11, 2019

If this is the case, we can expect to be notified by the Palace once Meghan goes into labor — whether at home or otherwise — and see pictures of the new baby within two days of its birth. Word to the wise: Keep refreshing your Instagram!

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry have played their first pregnancy very differently to his older brother Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

And so the announcement of Baby Sussex – or lack there of – is going according to their anti-royal protocol plan.

As Meghan’s late April due date approached, the mother and father-to-be made an official statement signifying that when they’re ready to announce their little ones arrival, we’ll know.

“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,” read the Palace statement, meaning, it’s likely the newest royal is snuggled up at Frogmore Cottage, and Harry and Meghan aren’t ready to go public.

It’s also been revealed that The Queen, who recently visited her grandson and his wife at their new home, has cleared her schedule and will only carry out official engagements taking place in Windsor over the next seven days.

Harry and Meghan’s sister-in-law Kate was also seen visiting their Windsor home.

Then there’s the arrival of Meg’s mother Doria Ragland, who has kept a very low profile since touching down in the UK.

Doria’s dogs were recently spotted being taken for a walk by a dog-sitter in Los Angeles – indicating the yoga instructor is in the UK awaiting the arrival of her grandchild.

And finally, Prince Harry has announced a visit to the Netherlands for May 8 and 9, meaning his first child will absolutely have needed to be born well in advance of him leaving the country.

He will undertake an official engagement in Amsterdam before traveling to The Hague, where he will officially launch the one year countdown to the 2020 Invictus Games.

His father Prince Charles and wife Camilla have also penciled in a visit to Germany for May 7.

OK, guys. We’re ready to meet your little one!


London — Keep calm and carry on, royal baby fanatics; Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were still waiting for the big moment on Thursday morning, despite rampant rumors to the contrary. A representative for Buckingham Palace told CBS News just after 5 a.m. ET Thursday that the royal baby “hasn’t been born yet.”

Meghan’s exact due date hasn’t been made public by the royal couple, who have chosen to keep the first expansion of their family as private as possible. All the world knows is that her baby was due around the end of April or beginning of May.

Plans confirmed by the royals on Wednesday, however, for Prince Harry to travel next week to the Netherlands on an official visit, along with claims by a radio DJ, have prompted royal observers and some media outlets to speculate that the couple could already be parents.

“I think I know something,” high-profile U.K. radio personality Chris Evans said on Wednesday, “there might be a new royal baby already.” As evidence, Evans said — without offering evidence — that Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry’s grandmother, had been to visit the couple recently at or near their home in Windsor.

The palace’s confirmation of Harry’s travel plans for next week fueled the rumor, and social media was awash with speculation that Harry and Meghan were keeping a new baby secret.

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While Bucking Palace appears to have quashed the rumor, Harry and Meghan have made it abundantly clear that they do want privacy, saying they will only share the news with the world after they’ve had a chance to bond as a new family.

The waiting — and guessing — game has deeply frustrated some U.K. media outlets, particularly the tabloid press which follows every step the royal family takes and has grown accustomed to the public display of new-born royals on a London hospital’s steps.

Private Eye, a U.K. magazine which touts its “unique mix of jokes and investigative journalism,” acknowledged the information vacuum on Wednesday with a tongue-in-cheek tweet:

All the latest on the royal birth, from the new edition of Private Eye, on sale now!

— Private Eye Magazine (@PrivateEyeNews) May 1, 2019

The Duke and Duchess ditched decades of tradition by not opting not to have their baby at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London, where both Princess Diana and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to all of their children.

It is expected that Meghan will give birth a lot closer to their home at Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor, west of London. The residence is within walking distance of Windsor Castle, the queen’s official residence, where Harry and Meghan were married last year.

The wedding — the union of a prince and an American actress — was watched by more than 1 billion people across the globe. That audience of millions won’t likely get a first glimpse of the seventh in line to the British throne right away, even after he or she is born.

The Sussexes have asked for privacy, and the eagerly-awaited images may first pop up on the couple’s new Instagram account.

Harry and Meghan’s child will be seventh in the line of succession. That makes it very unlikely that he or she will ever actually make it to the throne, as grandfather Prince Charles, uncle Prince William and his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and then dad Harry will all be in line first, in that order.

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Has Baby Sussex already been born?

With the news of an upcoming overseas visit for Prince Harry next week, rumours are circulating on social media that Baby Sussex has in fact already been born and is enjoying a quiet start to his or her life in the comfort of Frogmore Cottage.

It is understandable why these rumours have started. Harry & Meghan clearly want the arrival of their child to be a quiet affair, with no big media opportunity and no ‘Lindo Wing moment.’ Therefore, it would certainly fit within their ethos not to offer a running commentary of the stages of Meghan’s labour and opt for a birth announcement a few days later as was the case with Zara Tindall

They are, however, just rumours and the Duchess of Sussex has not yet given birth despite Buckingham Palace announcing details of a two-day trip to The Netherlands next week which the Duke of Sussex will undertake.

So, Prince Harry, #DukeofSussex is off to the Netherlands on official business next week. Is the baby already here? Asking for a friend – or two.

— Simon McCoy (@BBCSimonMcCoy) May 1, 2019

The Duke’s visit to The Netherlands has been in the royal diary for many months as the trip’s focus will be on the Invictus Games which will be held in The Hague in 2020.

The Invictus Games are extremely close to Harry’s heart, and he would not miss the launch next week in The Hauge if he can possibly help it.

It can be presumed that Meghan will go into labour at some time before May 8 when Harry is due to depart.

Despite potentially being away from home for one night, Meghan will be surrounded by friends and family, and Harry can enjoy a good night of sleep in mainland Europe.

That being said, the plans for his upcoming trip are subject to change. If Meghan does not go into labour until Harry is due to depart, he will not travel to The Netherlands.

It is Harry’s intention to be there for the one year launch of The Hague 2020, but he will only travel if he can.

While in The Netherlands, The Duke will undertake an official engagement in Amsterdam. His Royal Highness will then travel to The Hague to officially launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.

More details of Prince Harry’s visit will be revealed as the trip gets underway.

  • A rep from Buckingham Palace confirmed to CBS News that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s child “hasn’t been born yet” as of 5 A.M. ET on May 2.
  • Meghan and Harry are keeping the birth of their first child private, but the Palace will still announce when she is in labor, People reports.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also reportedly take part in a photoshoot with their new child days after the baby’s arrival.

Update, 5/3:

The wait for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child continues. A rep for Buckingham Palace confirmed to CBS News yesterday that the royal baby “hasn’t been born yet” as of Thursday, May 2 at 5 A.M. ET.

Original story, 5/1:

Back in January, a pregnant Meghan Markle reportedly told well-wishers in Birkenhead, England that she’s expecting her first child with Prince Harry in late April. However, late April came and went without any Sussex baby news. Luckily, there were also reports that Meghan would be due in early May, so the wait for a royal baby continues as the new month begins. But amidst the anticipation, some royal watchers wondered: Has Meghan already given birth and just not told the public?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did announce that they’re keeping their birth plans private, and Meghan has kept fairly out of the spotlight in recent weeks, but that doesn’t quite mean they’re hiding their new baby from the world. People previously reported that Buckingham Palace will announce when Meghan is in labor, so we won’t be completely in the dark about the little one’s arrival.

Harry and Meghan in Morocco in February 2019. Pool/Samir HusseinGetty Images

And although the mom-to-be is expected to skip the post-birth photoshoot outside of the hospital, she and Harry will still share the news of Baby Sussex’s arrival after they’ve been able to celebrate quietly as a family. However, People adds that the Harry and Meghan will pose with their new baby for a photo op on the grounds of Windsor Castle days after Baby Sussex is born.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pose for their post-engagement photoshoot at Kensington Palace in November 2017. Chris JacksonGetty Images

News that Harry is traveling to the Netherlands next week further fueled speculation that Baby Sussex is already here, but royal reporters promptly shut down those rumors on social media. ITV’s royal editor, Chris Ship, clarified on Twitter that there is no news blackout and that the birth “is NOT being kept secret.” Rebecca English, Daily Mail’s royal correspondent, added, “#BabySussex isn’t secretly here, I’m assured.”

For anyone asking (and lots have) #BabySussex has not been born yet. There is no #newsblackout. The birth is NOT being kept secret. There is no conspiracy.
Hope that’s clear … 👶

— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) May 1, 2019

#BabySussex isn’t secretly here, I’m assured. This is a long standing engagement that they have had to announce. Harry is keen to go, but the baby comes first. If he has to pull out or amend his itinerary, he will. #SussexStandby

— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) May 1, 2019

Yes, Harry plans to go to Holland next week for Invictus.
No, the baby hasn’t been born yet.
Yes, he’ll postpone the trip if Meghan is in labour.#BabySussex #RoyalBaby #royalbabywatch @5_News

— Simon Vigar (@simonvigar5) May 1, 2019

Yes, Harry plans to go to Holland next week for Invictus.
No, the baby hasn’t been born yet.
Yes, he’ll postpone the trip if Meghan is in labour.#BabySussex #RoyalBaby #royalbabywatch @5_News

— Simon Vigar (@simonvigar5) May 1, 2019

We’ll keep waiting patiently for Baby Sussex’s arrival.


Bookmakers suspend betting on royal baby birthdate amid speculation that Meghan has given birth

British bookmakers have halted betting on when Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, will give birth, as some speculate that the newest royal baby has already been born.

Bookmakers Paddy Power and Coral have stopped allowing bets on the matter, according to CNN, as they saw increases in customers betting on dates that have already passed.

“We suspended betting on the birth date last Friday as we were seeing an abnormal number of large bets on that day being the birth date,” John Hill, Coral’s PR manager, told CNN. He was referencing May 3, when Prince Harry quickly altered his travel plans, sparking speculation that his wife had already given birth.


“These people are clearly talking to someone, who is talking to someone else,” Lee Price, Paddy Power’s PR chief, told the news outlet.

The companies said they are still taking bets for the name of the baby and have reported seeing a spike in bets that the child will be a girl named Ivy. Multiple bookmakers have Ivy as the favorite, with Alice, Diana, Victoria and Elizabeth behind it.

“We have suspended all of our markets apart from the name of the baby, where Ivy is currently the short-price favorite on the back of a surge of bets in the last 48 hours,” Hill said.

Markle, an American actress who married the U.K.’s Prince Harry last May, is expected to give birth any day if she has not already. Her mother, Doria Ragland, reportedly arrived in England late last month in preparation for the birth.

The child will be the seventh in line for the throne.

Meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby Boy Archie: Here’s the Latest on the Royal Baby

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has given birth to her first child with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on Monday, May 6, the royal family has shared. The royal baby is the first child for both Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, and will be seventh in line to the throne. It is the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild. On Wednesday, they announced his name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

“The Duchess went into labour in the early hours of this morning. The Duke of Sussex was by Her Royal Highnesses’ side. An announcement will be made soon,” a statement from Buckingham Palace announced Monday morning. Shortly after, they shared on Instagram that the couple had welcomed a baby boy. “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.”

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, just stepped out for their first public appearance

The couple stepped out with their baby for his first public appearance at Windsor Castle on Wednesday.

“It’s magic. I have the two best guys in the world, so I’m really happy,” Meghan Markle said. “He has the sweetest temperament. He’s just been the dream, so it’s been a special couple of days.”

Both said it wasn’t clear yet who in the family who baby Archie took after. “His looks are changing every single day,” Prince Harry said. “So, who knows?”

Parenting, Prince Harry said, is “amazing.” “We’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire. Dominic Lipinski—AP

Around the time that Harry was introducing his new son Archie to the world, his older brother Prince William was 250 miles away in North Wales, touring a coast guard search and rescue post with his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have shared photos of Baby Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire. Press Association—PA Images/Sipa USA

Following their public appearance, the couple said they were next going to see Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.

“It will be a nice moment to introduce the baby to more family, and my mom’s with us as well,” Markle said.

The baby was introduced to the public while wrapped in a blanket from G.H. Hurt & Son, a longtime royal tradition that goes back about 70 years. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrapped Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in similar blankets from G.H. Hurt & Son. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s newborn appeared wearing a $172 ivory shawl.

They also shared photos of Baby Sussex on Instagram

On Wednesday morning, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry also updated their Instagram account with a trio of photos by Chris Allerton showing the new parents and Baby Sussex at Windsor. The Duchess of Sussex wore a cream sleeveless trench dress.

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“Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family,” the caption noted. “They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago.” They did not yet publicly release a name for the baby.

His name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

On Wednesday shortly after their photo call, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry posted another update on their Instagram account. This time, it was about the name. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” they wrote. The name comes as something of a surprise to oddsmakers who were betting on more traditional British royal names.

They also shared a photo of newborn Archie meeting his great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and Doria Ragland. “This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion,” they noted.

Buckingham Palace releases formal announcement of new baby

Following tradition, a framed notice formally announcing the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby was placed on an easel outside of Buckingham Palace on May 6.

A picture shows an official notice set up on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019 announcing the birth of a son to Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. TOLGA AKMEN—AFP/Getty Images

“The Queen and the Royal Family are delighted at the news that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526 am today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” the announcement read.

Prince Harry says they’re “absolutely thrilled” about the new baby boy

Prince Harry confirmed the birth, appearing live for cameras on Monday in front of a barn.

“It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine,” the Duke of Sussex said. “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we’re both absolutely thrilled.” He added that they have not yet finalized a name, but plan to appear in about two days to share their choice — and “so everyone can see the baby!”

“This little thing is absolutely to die for,” he added, also noting how proud he was of his wife, the Duchess of Sussex.

Royals and friends share well wishes on the baby’s birth

The palace also confirmed that all the other immediate royal family members had been notified of the birth and are “delighted with the news.” Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, was shared to also be “overjoyed,” and is with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their home of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. First Lady Michelle Obama and Markle’s former Suits costar Patrick Adams were among their other star friends who publicly shared their well wishes as well. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May sent best wishes, too.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome baby boy

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their news official on social media. “Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz,” the announcement noted. “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.”

Buckingham Palace later confirmed the Duchess of Sussex welcomed the baby at 5:26 a.m. on May 6, and that the Duke of Sussex was present for the birth.

Buckingham Palace confirmed Meghan Markle went into labor early on May 6

The royal family confirmed the labor news early on May 6, sharing an announcement on social media that she went into labor in the “early hours” of the morning, and updating royal watchers that an announcement would follow.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle opted to keep their birth plan private

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex first announced Markle’s pregnancy in October, following their royal wedding in May 2018.

Markle and Prince Harry chose to keep their birth plans private, announcing in April that they would be celebrating the birth as a new family before “sharing the exciting news with everyone.” While that choice is a departure from the approach of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, who made their children’s births public, it’s not such a radical shift from royal tradition.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. Karwai Tang—WireImage

Markle and Prince Harry have made Frogmore Cottage at the Windsor estate outside of London their primary residence. Partially because of this, Markle was expected to opt for a different approach than Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who gave birth to all three of her children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis — at St. Mary’s Hospital’s Lindo Wing in London.

Speculation that the birth was impending began when Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, flew from the U.S. to the U.K. in April. Markle herself was notably absent from an Easter service earlier in April, suggesting the baby was imminent. Prince Harry, meanwhile, attended the London Marathon to cheer on runners at the end of April.

The Duchess of Sussex leaves after a panel discussion convened by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women’s Day at King’s College in London. Yui Mok – PA Images—PA Images via Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled to Morocco on an official state visit back in late February, and have made a number of public appearances during Markle’s final stretch of her pregnancy upon their return to the U.K. before April.

You can follow along here as you await further updates on all the latest news on Meghan Markle’s first royal baby.

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Royal baby: Meghan gives birth to boy, Harry announces

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The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a boy, the Duke of Sussex has announced.

A beaming Prince Harry said they were “absolutely thrilled” and thanked the public for their support.

He said Meghan and the baby were doing “incredibly well”, adding that they were still thinking about names for the infant, who was delivered at 05:26 BST.

Buckingham Palace said the baby weighed 7lbs 3oz (3.2kg), and that the duke was present for the birth.

The baby boy is seventh in line to the throne, behind the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and his children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – and Prince Harry.

He is the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild.

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Speaking after the birth, Harry said the child had been “a little overdue” and that he planned to make another announcement in two days’ time “so everyone can see the baby”.

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Asked what it was like to be present for the birth, he laughed and said: “I haven’t been at many births. This is definitely my first birth. It was amazing, absolutely incredible, and, as I said, I’m so incredibly proud of my wife.

“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.”

He added: “It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.

“How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension.”

Queen delighted

A framed notice of birth has been placed on display on a ceremonial easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, where it will remain until 20:00 on Monday.

Buckingham Palace added: “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.”

In an Instagram post, Kensington Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were “delighted” at the news and “look forward to meeting the latest addition to the family”.

Image copyright AFP Image caption A notice of birth has been placed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace

The baby is a dual citizen, having automatically acquired US citizenship, via Meghan, at birth.

Speaking to the Sun, Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, congratulated the new parents and spoke of his pride at the birth.

“I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honour,” he said from his home in Mexico.

Charles Spencer – brother of Diana, Princess of Wales and uncle to Harry – tweeted his congratulations.

He wrote: “Really very lovely news today – many, many, congratulations!”

The fine line between public and private life

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By BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond

So what’s going on with the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child?

Buckingham Palace announced some weeks ago that there would be no information given out about the birth, beyond that it was happening.

And so it was that shortly before 14:00 BST on Monday, a brief statement from Buckingham Palace announced that Meghan had gone in to labour, followed 40 minutes later by confirmation of the baby’s arrival – a boy, weighing 7lbs 3oz.

That meant the strange British circus of journalists, photographers, royal superfans and bemused passers-by gawking at a hospital door for days on end would not happen.

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption The couple are yet to announce a name for their son

Responding to the news, Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted: “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy. Wishing you all the best at this happy time.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn added: “Congratulations to Meghan and Harry on the birth of their baby. I hope they’re all doing well.”

And Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also offered her congratulations to the couple.

She wrote: “The birth of a baby is a joyful occasion – congratulations to Harry and Meghan.”

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who married the couple in May last year, said: “May God bless the new family with love, health and happiness.”

Harry and Meghan, a timeline

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8 November 2016 – Kensington Palace releases a statement that confirms Prince Harry has been dating Meghan Markle “for a few months” and asks the press to respect their privacy

28 November 2017 – Harry and Meghan announce they are engaged to be married

15 December 2017 – Kensington Palace confirms the couple have chosen to wed in Windsor on 19 May the following year

19 May 2018 – Harry and Meghan are married in front of 600 guests at St George’s Chapel and become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

15 October 2018 – Kensington Palace announces the duchess is pregnant, and is due to give birth in Spring 2019

6 May 2019 – Meghan gives birth to a boy, who becomes seventh in line to the throne

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Now we’re seeing an even greater expansion in terms of the definition of the royal spouse; Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is from a middle-class background, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has been married before. In the past, that would have been a problem for marrying into the royal family, but the attitudes toward the remarriage of divorcées in the Church of England have relaxed in the 21st century.

Escobar: Why did the Crown care about a royal bloodline at all?

Harris: Well, part of the reason was the prestige of a royal house, and that a monarch would be able to state their connections to other European royal houses. Until the early 19th century, there were thought to be very strong diplomatic advantages to these various royal marriages, as well.

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Escobar: Since Markle hasn’t become naturalized as a British citizen yet, I’ve read that the royal baby will have both American and British citizenship. Is there a precedent for members of the royal family being dual citizens?

Harris: There are cases within the wider royal family of members who are married to spouses who are not British and bring their own citizenship into the family. Prince Harry’s cousin Peter Phillips is married to a Canadian named Autumn Kelly, so their children are eligible for Canadian citizenship.

Escobar: What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in how the royal family approaches parenting over the centuries, or even just more recent decades?

Harris: Perhaps the biggest change is the idea of royal children having an upbringing that’s relatable to the wider population. For centuries, there was an expectation that royal life did not have very much in common with the lives of ordinary people. It was expected that royalty would look like royalty; it was considered questionable for royalty to live simpler lives or to not take an interest in pomp and circumstance, such as King Edward II, who liked rowing and ditch digging.

This changed in the 19th century with the rise of the mass media and photography. There’s a lot more images of the royals out there, and there’s an expectation that the royal family will live a life that reflects the values of their time. In the first photograph of Queen Victoria, she’s not wearing her crown, but is dressed relatively simply and is posing with one of her children, putting forward that she is a wife and mother as well as a queen. We’ve seen that process accelerate over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. There’s now more of an expectation that a royal child will engage with other children from outside royal circles; we now see Prince George attending a co-educational school in London.

Escobar: Are there certain practices that you’ve seen hold constant? For example, how might the way the new royal baby will be raised be similar to how a royal baby born 200 years ago was raised?

Harris: I would say that media scrutiny and judgment of royal marriages and parenting has remained constant over a very long period of time. Critiques of the royal family or of royal parenting served as a way of making a broader political critique. Sometimes there’s the assumption that before tabloid culture, there wasn’t this scrutiny of what went on behind palace doors. But I think there has always been a very strong interest in how royal children are raised.

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Royal baby: All you need to know about the birth of Harry and Meghan’s child

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A year on from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, the couple’s first child has been born.

So how much do we know about the newest royal?

When was the baby born?

Prince Harry announced Meghan had given birth to their first child – a boy – on 6 May 2019. It was delivered at 05:26 BST, weighing 7lbs 3oz (3.2kg).

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The sex was a surprise for Harry and Meghan – as well as the public – who had chosen not to find out what they are having.

Meghan had told well-wishers during a royal visit to Merseyside in January that they didn’t know the sex of the baby.

Interestingly, two of the baby’s cousins were both born at a similar time of year – Prince Louis (23 April) and Princess Charlotte (2 May).

Image copyright Duchess of Cambridge Image caption Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte were also spring babies

Where did Meghan give birth?

Remember the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepping outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, central London?

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Well that scene was not recreated, with reports claiming the couple ruled out that option because of the lack of privacy.

While there was no official announcement about where the duchess was giving birth, it is believed it took place in Frogmore House – the couple’s cottage in Windsor, which was renovated for an estimated £3m ahead of their arrival.

After the birth, Harry appeared outside the cottage to speak to TV cameras and reveal the news.

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Image copyright Graham Prentice/Alamy Image caption Frogmore Cottage sits in the grounds of Frogmore House, where Harry and Meghan held their wedding reception

Any idea what the baby will be called?

That’s the million dollar question. After the birth, Harry said the couple were still considering different options.

There aren’t any rules for choosing royal baby names, but the decision is often guided by tradition.

Image copyright Martin Keene/PA Image caption Unsurprisingly, the name Diana is among the bookies’ favourites for Harry’s first child

Arthur and James are the favourites – but they were also frontrunners for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child last year.

Prince William and Catherine sprung something of a surprise by opting for Louis instead.

What about the surname?

Image copyright PA Image caption Prince George’s birth certificate is produced from the birth register entry

One option for Prince Harry and Meghan could be the Royal Family name – Mountbatten-Windsor.

That was created by combining the surnames of the Queen and Prince Philip when they married.

But the couple is much more likely to copy the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by using the title given to them by the Queen – Sussex.

Prince William and Catherine’s three children all have Cambridge on their birth certificates.

Will the baby become a prince or princess?

You’d better ask the Queen, but in short – not automatically, no.

The Queen brought in new rules for Prince William in 2012 so that all his children would become princes or princesses.

Before then, only the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales (still with us?) was entitled to the honour – that’s because King George V decided in 1917 to limit titles within the Royal Family.

As it stands, Prince Harry and Meghan’s children will not get those titles unless the Queen steps in.

What about other titles?

If the Queen doesn’t change the rules (see above), this is where it gets a little complicated.

You may remember on the morning of Prince Harry’s wedding he was given some titles from the Queen – Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

And, according to etiquette guide Debrett’s, the eldest son of a duke can use one of his father’s “lesser” titles.

So the child could become Earl of Dumbarton.

Could Harry and Meghan reject a title?

Well it has happened before.

When the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, was offered royal titles for her children – Peter and Zara – she turned them down.

She wanted her children to have as normal lives as possible.

Image copyright Mark Cuthbert Image caption Peter and Zara Phillips grew up without royal titles

Zara Tindall has since told the Times: “My parents didn’t give us titles, so we’ve been able to have a slightly more normal upbringing. As soon as you’ve got a title, it’s very difficult to shed it.”

So Prince Harry and Meghan, who haven’t been afraid to break royal protocol, could choose to go the same route.

Could the baby become King or Queen one day?

Yes, in theory, although there are already six royals ahead in the queue.

Prince Harry and Meghan’s child is seventh in line for the throne – just behind the baby’s father in the order of succession.

The new arrival’s cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are all in front in the pecking order.

Is the baby a US citizen?

Yes. As Meghan is still a US citizen, the royal baby is one as well.

Any American who has lived in the US for five years automatically passes on their citizenship to their offspring.

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As her child has been born outside the US, Meghan will have to register the birth with the American embassy in London.

Prince Harry is obviously British, so the new royal would have dual citizenship.

Meghan is expected to apply for UK citizenship, but that process takes time – she needs to live in the UK for at least five years.

Once she is a UK citizen, the duchess could renounce her US citizenship, but her child would have to wait until he or she was at least 16.

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Update 5/6/2019: The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a healthy baby boy this morning. Additional details about the newest member of the royal family, including his name, are expected to be shared publicly in the coming days.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child together, and while it’s unclear what Meghan’s exact due date is, at this point, it’s safe to say that the arrival of baby Sussex is imminent. On April 21, the Sunday Times reported that the baby is “due within days.”

And on April 29, the Sun’s Emily Andrews reported that Meghan is “now a couple of days overdue with her baby.”

On May 2, as royal correspondents congregated in Windsor waiting for news, ITV reporter Chris Ship shared that Meghan is “4 days” past her due date.

Katie Nicholl responded “and counting…”

4 days

— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) May 2, 2019

Fortunately Harry and Meghan just recently moved into their new home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, and have had time to settle in and fully prepare their nursery before the the newest member of the royal family enters the world.

Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, has also reportedly made her way to the U.K. to be there to support her daughter in her final days of pregnancy.

Here’s what else we know about Meghan’s due date so far:

Kensington Palace first publicly confirmed Meghan’s pregnancy with a post on Twitter on October 15, before the couple kicked off their royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand.

In the statement, the Palace also shared that the baby is due in spring of 2019.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” read the announcement.

“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

Shortly after the announcement, several royal correspondents pinpointed the date closer April.

That prediction stemmed from the fact that Meghan had already had her 12-week scan at the time of the announcement, but on their podcast “On Heir,” reporters Emily Andrews and Omid Scobie suggested the child might arrive in March.

“When everyone was saying at the time of the pregnancy announcement that she was three months…” Scobie started, before Andrews jumped in.

“We understand that she was around 14/15 weeks, and so, we think that the baby is due in early April,” she said before further guessing. “I think maybe March, I think the baby might be born in March,” she said.

But then later, Andrews hedged, “Babies can come whenever they want.”

Meghan first spoke publicly of her due date on Christmas.

According to photographer Karen Anvil, Meghan said “We’re nearly there” when asked if she was excited about the baby.

Later, during her visit to Birkenhead with Prince Harry in January, Meghan reportedly told one member of the crowd that she was six-months pregnant at the time and shared with another that she is due around April.

She is no longer traveling internationally.

At the end of February, Meghan made her final international trip before the baby is born. During the Duchess’s trip to New York City for her baby shower, Omid Scobie reported that she not be traveling after the Morocco trip. “The trip was planned some months ago and, with Morroco this weekend, is the last available time Meghan can travel before the Baby Sussex is born,” Scobie explained on Good Morning America.

But according to Katie Nicholl, the Duchess plans to work well into her pregnancy.

Per a recent story in Vanity Fair, “Meghan has told aides she wants to work as close to her due date next spring as possible.”

The couple is keeping plans of the royal baby’s arrival private, so don’t expect many details in the days to come.

A statement, released by Buckingham Palace on April 11, said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby. Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. 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.”

There will reportedly be an announcement when the Duchess has gone into labor, and another, at some point, following the birth of the baby.

Meghan and Harry have been very open about wanting to start a family together.

In an interview with the BBC shortly after the couple announced their engagement, Harry said they wanted to have children. “Not yet, no, but I think eventually, one step at a time, and we’ll start a family in the near future,” he said.

And in March of 2018, Meghan joked about wanting to have kids while in Belfast, Northern Ireland. While greeting an entrepreneur who makes baby products, Markle quipped “I’m sure at some point we’ll need the whole thing.”

Following the pregnancy announcement Meghan and Harry’s families have also shared their excitement about the news. Members of the royal family are reportedly “delighted,” and Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland is “very happy.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal baby has been born. This is what we know about him

By Yasmin Jeffery

Updated May 08, 2019 00:36:18

After months of speculation as to the gender of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby, the Duchess has given birth to a little boy.

Now that Baby Sussex, the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild, has arrived, here’s everything we know about him so far — and what we can expect to find out in the next few days.

A day after the news of the birth broke, Prince William said as a father of three he had plenty of advice for his younger brother and wished him all the best.

“I hope the next few days they can settle down and enjoy having a newborn in their family and all the joys that come with that,” he said.

Prince Charles said on Tuesday he was delighted at the birth of his grandchild.

“We couldn’t be more delighted at the news and we’re looking forward to meeting the baby when we return,” Prince Charles said while on a visit to Berlin.

When will we get to see Baby Sussex?

Before the birth, Meghan and Harry decided not to go down the immediate media photo call route hours after Baby Sussex’s arrival so the Duchess could enjoy a private recovery.

This decision, coupled with the launch of the Duke and Duchess’s official Instagram account days ahead of Meghan’s due date, suggested they may choose to share the first picture of him there.

They posted an announcement that Meghan had given birth on the social media platform, so this seems a likely possibility.

When will we actually get to see the new Royal baby, you ask?

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, folks.

Shortly after his wife gave birth, Harry told media crews assembled in Windsor: “I think we’ll be seeing you guys in probably two days’ time, as planned, as a family to be able to share it with you guys and so everyone can see the baby.”

Will Baby Sussex be a prince?

It isn’t likely.

Even though William and Kate’s children George and Louis are princes, and Charlotte a princess, the Queen would have to intervene to make Baby Sussex a prince.

Without a special Letters Patent, it’s likely he will be styled as Lord, with Mountbatten-Windsor as a surname, royal experts have said.

Prince Edward’s daughter, Lady Louise, was named this way.

We’re likely to find out Baby Sussex’s name in a few days.

That said, we do already know that he is seventh in line to the British throne, and will stay in that position unless William and Kate have more children.

Where will Meghan and Harry raise him?

It was announced in November that Harry and Meghan would be leaving Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace, where they had lived since their engagement on the same grounds as William and Kate.

They recently moved into Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor, just in time for Baby Sussex’s arrival.

Frogmore Cottage, which was gifted to Meghan and Harry by the Queen, is a grade II listed home in the grounds of Frogmore House, which was built in 1801.

It boasts 10 bedrooms.

Far from proof of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s much-reported “rift” with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Central editor-in-chief Charlie Proctor said Meghan and Harry likely chose Windsor as their permanent base as it’s a “favourite location” of the Royal family.

The perks, he said, were obvious: “It is close to London, but is at the same time far away from the hustle and bustle and pollution of the city.”

“There are plenty of gardens and outdoor space in Windsor which protected from the outside world — perfect for bringing up a child who will be at the centre of a media storm.

“Not only that, but Windsor obviously holds a lot of special memories for Harry and Meghan. It is the place they were married and I’m sure being there will mean more to them than Kensington Palace.

“I should imagine The Queen is a little bit jealous,” he said.

“She is known to love Windsor and is spending more and more time there. But as monarch, she must work from Buckingham Palace for the time being.”

Where will Baby Sussex go to school?

Eton, one of Britain’s most prestigious (and expensive) schools, is an eight-minute drive from Frogmore Cottage.

It is an independent boys’ school that Prince Harry and William attended and seems a likely choice given Baby Sussex is a boy.

But now, with Meghan’s American roots, Royal watchers are looking at the American Community School in Windsor as a possible alternative.

Students at the American Community School — which costs $46,500 a year to attend — are encouraged to be “globally-minded world citizens” who consider “sustainability” and acting as “catalysts for positive change”.

The school offers a number of international baccalaureate programs, as well as the US high school diploma.

So, the highly-regarded institution in Egham, Surrey, is a possibility “but, I would suggest being educated in a British school is far more likely,” Mr Proctor said.

How hands on will Meghan and Harry be?

Princess Diana had been determined to bring her sons up away from the stuffy confines of Royal palaces and their traditions.

She took them on trips to the cinema, McDonald’s and a theme park.

Mr Proctor said Harry was likely to want to do the same for his child, and said we could expect the Duke and Duchess to be very hands on for Royal parents.

“I think this is part of the reason why they are moving to Windsor, so they can spend time as a family in a homely environment,” he said.

Away from London, how ‘normal’ will Baby Sussex’s upbringing be?

According to Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine, the answer is not very.

“I don’t think there’s been a member of the Royal family that hasn’t said they want their children to have a normal upbringing,” Ms Seward pointed out.

“Even the Queen said she wanted her children to have as normal an upbringing as possible.

“But with the media attention it’s actually not possible to have a totally normal upbringing.”

Despite Princess Diana’s efforts, Prince Harry has admitted he struggled with his Royal status — exacerbated by press coverage of the disintegration of his parents’ marriage and the death of his mother in a Paris car crash in 1997.

“I didn’t want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good,” he said in a 2017 interview with Newsweek.

“Is there any one of the Royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.

“Thank goodness I’m not completely cut off from reality.

“I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too.”

While Meghan and Harry are yet to address how “normal” an upbringing they want Baby Sussex to have, speeches made by Harry since the pregnancy was announced have hinted they do not want their child to only be valued on his Royal background.

“You don’t judge someone based on how they look, where they’re from, or how they identify,” Harry told 12,000 students at London’s Wembley Arena in March.

But how realistic is this given his and Meghan’s popularity?

This is yet another of the many things we’ll have to wait and see.


First posted May 07, 2019 08:37:24

if you’ve been wondering if the firstborn child of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has arrived yet, you’re not alone.

The royal baby watch is in full effect and fans and followers have been closely eyeing social media and the @SussexRoyal Instagram account for an update of any kind.

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It’s logical to think Prince William, Prince Harry’s older brother and second in line to succeed the British throne, would have the latest information on the royal baby’s impending birth. A well-wisher, who greeted the Duke of Cambridge during his recent visit to New Zealand, had a similar thought and asked, “Any sign of the royal baby?”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle staying mum about baby’s birth

April 27, 201901:40

In a video posted by British newspaper, The Daily Express, Prince William didn’t hesitate to respond, saying, “I haven’t got my phone on me, I have no idea. You guys will find out before I do at this rate!”

Prince William meets with the crowds in Christchurch, New Zealand on April 26, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.Getty Images

What we do know is that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wish to keep their baby’s birth private, at least for a little while. Buckingham Palace representatives released a statement two weeks ago saying, “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. 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.”

Once the royal baby is born, Prince Harry and Meghan will likely be celebrating at Frogmore Cottage, their renovated residence in Windsor, which also happens to be less than two miles away from Windsor Castle, where the royal couple married last year.

While Meghan has stopped making public appearances until the baby’s birth, Prince Harry visited Westminster Abbey in a surprise appearance with his sister-in-law and Prince William’s wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge earlier this week. The royal in-laws were at the London church on Thursday for a service commemorating Anzac Day, which honors the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand forces.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to keep royal baby birth private

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For now, we’ll have to wait patiently until they’re ready to share the happy news!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will announce the birth of their baby once they have “celebrated privately as a new family”.

The royal couple – who are expecting their first child within weeks – recently moved into their new house in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage, where they will raise their child.

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Prince Harry, 34, and Duchess Meghan, 37, have now released a statement insisting that they have made a “personal decision” to keep the “arrival” of their baby “private”.

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The statement released from Kensington Palace read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby.

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“Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. 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.”

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This news comes after speculation that Meghan – who was known as Meghan Markle when she worked as an actress before marrying the British prince – maybe planning a midwife-led home birth at the Berkshire estate.

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The plans are a break from recent royal tradition which saw the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Harry’s brother and sister-in-law – welcome their three children, Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and 12-month-old Prince Louis, at the Lindo Wing, which is the private maternity ward at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.

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The Lindo Wing is also where the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles had both Prince William and Harry in 1982 and 1984.

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