Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a boy in the early hours of Monday, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The first child of Meghan and Prince Harry was “delivered safely at 5:26 am” and “weighs 7lbs. 3oz,” it said. The palace would not confirm where the baby was delivered but said Harry was by his wife’s side.
An emotional Prince Harry told reporters afterward that “mother and baby are doing incredibly well.”
“How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there,” Harry said. “I’m so incredibly proud of my wife. As every father and parent would say, your baby is absolutely amazing. But this little thing is absolutely to die for, so I’m just over the moon.”
When it comes to the name of their son, the world will have to wait. Harry said they were “still thinking” about it. “The baby’s a little bit overdue so we’ve had a little bit of time to think about it, that’s the next bit. For us, we’ll be seeing you guys [in] probably two days’ time as planned,” he added.
The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, was with Meghan on Monday at her home, Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor, and was “overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild,” the palace said.
The boy will be the eighth great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth II and the seventh in line to the throne behind Prince Charles, Prince William and his three children and Prince Harry.
Hours after the Palace’s statement, a ceremonial easel holding a framed notice of birth was placed in the forecourt of London’s Buckingham Palace.
“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,” the notice read.
The couple, who also announced the birth of their son with a post on their official Instagram page, added a second post thanking the public for its “support and kindness.”
Among Monday’s well-wishers were Prime Minister Theresa May, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Meghan’s “Suits” co-stars, and Charles Spencer, who is the brother of Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana.