The royal baby is a boy
Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, expressed his pride over the birth of his grandson to a British tabloid newspaper on Monday.
Thomas Markle reportedly told The Sun that the child will serve with "grace, dignity and honor."
I'm delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well," Markle said in a statement to the Sun newspaper.
“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 honor," Markle continued.
“God bless the child and I wish him health and happiness, and my congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, and God save the Queen.”
The head of the Church of England has congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their baby boy.
The Archbishop of Canterbury posted a tweet on Monday:
Following the happy news that Meghan has delivered a baby boy on Monday, her erstwhile colleague from US TV show Suits, Sarah Rafferty, has shared her delight over the birth on Twitter.
Meghan portrayed attorney Rachel Zane on the show but left before she married Britain's Prince Harry.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son has arrived on a scheduled Bank Holiday here in the UK. Britain's Press Association has put together a helpful list of some of the well-known personalities the newborn now shares a birthday with:
- Actor George Clooney
- Former UK PM Tony Blair
- American singer-songwriter Bob Seger
- American crime writer Jeffery Deaver
- Ex-soccer player and manager Graeme Souness
- Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett
- American actress Gabourey Sidibe
Harry and Meghan's yet-to-be-named baby boy was just a few weeks too late to share a birthday with some of his royal relatives. Queen Elizabeth II's 93rd birthday was on April 21 while cousins Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte celebrated their birthdays on April 23 and May 2 respectively.
Meghan and Harry's son is the first British-American baby born into the British royal family.
The newborn will automatically be a British citizen, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have to report their child's birth to an American consulate in order for him to obtain US citizenship.
In the case of the royal baby, he will be eligible because he was born in wedlock abroad to an American citizen who has lived in the US for a period of five years, at least two of which were after the age of 14 -- according to the US Department of State.
Royal fans in Windsor are celebrating in the streets following the announcement of Harry and Meghan's newborn.
Richard Endacott told CNN the atmosphere "is electric."
"So many people from across the world coming into Windsor to share the happy occasion. It is always a pleasure to welcome people to our small town and help us celebrate the birth of Harry and Meghans baby boy," Endacott added.
Anton McCoy was at a pub called “The Prince Harry” enjoying a pint called “Windsor Baby” when the news broke.
“It started slow, but you could tell who knew and who didn’t. People are happy and ‘It’s a boy!’ can be heard as people pass. Quite a few film crews starting to arrive,” he told CNN.
“People are just happy. Happy for them, happy for Harry a lot. Loads of photos by the pub being taken. Loads of people pleased they took a day trip here today. A real good mood maker.”
London's BT Tower landmark was lit up on Monday with a message of congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Despite being seventh in line to the throne, Meghan and Harry's baby doesn't automatically become a prince.
In 1917, King George V limited the use of such titles within the British royal family and the couple's child will be too far down the line of succession.
However, Queen Elizabeth II could step in to overrule that decree -- as she has done with the younger children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Since George is third in line to the throne, he was automatically a prince.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May sent her best wishes to new parents Harry and Meghan shortly after the birth of their first child on Monday.