Royal baby: Congratulations pour in for Meghan and Harry


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Media captionPrince Harry says he and Meghan are “absolutely thrilled”

Congratulations have poured in from around the world following the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son.

The newborn was delivered at 05:26 BST on Monday, with Prince Harry saying the baby boy was “absolutely to die for”.

The Palace said the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales were all “delighted with the news”.

Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, was said to be “overjoyed”, while former US First Lady Michelle Obama said she and Barack were “thrilled”.

The baby, who has not been named yet, 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.

Speaking after the birth, Harry said they planned to present the baby to the media in two days’ time “so everyone can see” him.

He said Meghan and the baby were doing “incredibly well”, adding that they were still thinking about names for the infant.

Arthur – a traditional royal name that is among the middle names of the baby’s grandfather, the Prince of Wales, and his uncle the Duke of Cambridge – is the favourite with many of the bookies, while Alexander and James are also popular.

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Media captionRoyal baby: How Meghan and Harry did it their way

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

A statement added that Meghan’s mother was “overjoyed at the arrival of her first grandchild” and was with her daughter at Frogmore Cottage – the Sussexes’ home on the Windsor Estate.

Kensington Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were “delighted” and “looking forward” to meeting him.

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Image caption A notice of birth was placed on display in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace until 20:00 BST on Monday

Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon were among the politicians to offer their congratulations to the royal couple on Twitter.

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.”

The choir that sang at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding wrote a lullaby for the new baby.

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Media captionThe Kingdom Choir sang Stand by Me at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018

Congratulations also came from celebrities and famous figures in the United States, where Meghan was born.

Patrick J Adams, who starred alongside Meghan in the US legal drama Suits, wrote on Twitter: “Just heard that the world just got heavier by 7 pounds and 3 ounces. Much love to him and his incredible parents.”

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Image caption The London Eye went red, white and blue in honour of the royal birth
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Image caption The BT Tower in London also carried a message to celebrate the birth

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

Speaking to the Sun from his home in Mexico, Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, said he was “proud” his grandson was born into the British royal family and he was “sure that he would grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honour.”

Meanwhile New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a donation would be made to a group which prepares baby boxes for families in need, and 10 native trees would be planted in New Zealand in honour of the royal baby.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also sent his “huge congratulations” to the couple.

The fine line between public and private life

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By BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have decisions to make about just how royal they want their child to be – in title, upbringing and public exposure.

And the couple have a difficult line to tread between their public life and the life they would prefer to remain unseen.

That line, between the royals’ public and private life, has shifted over the decades.

Read more from Jonny

In his announcement on Monday, a beaming Harry said he was “over the moon” and he was “incredibly proud” of his wife, adding: “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension.”

The duke is due to travel to the Netherlands on Thursday for the launch of the 2020 Invictus Games in The Hague.

Meghan and Harry have asked the public to donate to four children’s charities – Little Village, the Lunchbox Fund, Well Child, and Baby2Baby – instead of sending presents for the baby.

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Image caption Royal fans celebrated the announcement outside Windsor Castle

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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