Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a boy, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, announced on Monday, providing a rare feel-good news to the British public increasingly tired of the impasse over Brexit in recent months.
Prince Harry said the new parents were “absolutely thrilled” and thanked the public for their support during the pregnancy: “It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension.”
He said the newest member of Britain’s royal family and Meghan were doing “incredibly well”, adding that they were still thinking about names for the infant.
Buckingham Palace said the baby weighed 7lbs 3oz, adding that the duke was present for the birth.
It 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.”
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 Queen Elizabeth’s eighth great-grandchild.
Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted soon after the announcement: “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy. Wishing you all the best at this happy time.”