The royal baby is a boy

By Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN

Updated 0702 GMT (1502 HKT) May 7, 2019
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4:00 p.m. ET, May 6, 2019

Our live coverage has ended. Scroll through the posts below to see how it unfolded or read more about the royal baby here.

1:31 p.m. ET, May 6, 2019

Harry and Meghan thank the public for its "support and kindness"

Harry and Meghan posted a video on their official Instagram page thanking the public for its “support and kindness.”

Their post read:

“This afternoon, His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex shared the news of the arrival of his and the Duchess’ first born child. Their son was born early morning on the 6th of May, 2019 and weighs 7lbs and 3oz. Their Royal Highnesses thank you for your support and kindness during this exceptionally joyful time in their lives as they welcome their baby boy.”

The video shows Harry from earlier today, speaking to reporters after announcing the news.

"It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined," he said.

12:14 p.m. ET, May 6, 2019

Meghan's "Suits" costar congratulates the royal couple on new addition

Patrick J. Adams, Meghan's former "Suits" costar, just tweeted congratulations to the new parents.

"Much love to him and his incredible parents," Adams said.

He also spoke briefly of own experience with becoming a new father.

"Learned first hand 7 months ago how transformational becoming a parent is and couldn’t be happier for Meghan and Harry as they begin this adventure," he said.

Here's his tweet:

11:55 a.m. ET, May 6, 2019

Royal baby bulletin placed in front of Buckingham Palace

The ceremonial easel announcing the birth of Harry and Meghan's newborn has now been placed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London.

The notice will be on display to the public until 8 p.m. (3 p.m. ET) on Tuesday.

The bulletin reads:

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 0526am today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.

11:47 a.m. ET, May 6, 2019

Princess Diana's brother: "Really very lovely news"

The brother of Prince Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana, has shared his happiness over the birth of his nephew's son.

Charles Spencer wrote on Twitter:

11:40 a.m. ET, May 6, 2019

Royal baby was born at sunrise

From CNN's Rob Picheta

A fun fact as we wait for the royal notice to be displayed in front of Buckingham Palace.

The newborn arrived in the world at 5:26 a.m. (12:26 a.m. ET). That was one minute after the sun rose on Monday in Windsor, according to CNN Weather.

11:37 a.m. ET, May 6, 2019

Location of birth of royal baby will not be disclosed

From CNN's royal correspondent Max Foster

The location where Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth is being kept “private” according to Buckingham Palace.

11:26 a.m. ET, May 6, 2019

The royal protocol still to come

Traditionally, a notice is placed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace to announce the birth of a royal baby.
Traditionally, a notice is placed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace to announce the birth of a royal baby.

One royal tradition to watch out for on Monday is the release of an official notice signed by Meghan's doctors, confirming the newborn's gender, weight and time of birth.

Here's what the palace says about it: A framed notice of birth will go on display on a ceremonial easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace following the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son.

The framed notice of birth will be brought out of the Privy Purse Door and carried across the forecourt, to be placed on the easel.

What's different this time round? The easel is being placed out after news of the new royal baby's birth was announced on Instagram, usually it's placed on the forecourt simultaneously as the birth is first revealed.

11:20 a.m. ET, May 6, 2019

Meghan's dad "proud" and "delighted" at birth of royal baby, The Sun reports

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.”