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Royal baby born: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle blessed with son

Everyone in the royal house was waiting with a bated breath to welcome Queen's 8th great-grandchild. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's baby boy will be the 7th member who will be in the line for the throne.

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New Delhi Updated on: May 06, 2019 20:05 IST
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Royal baby born: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle blessed with son

Baby Sussex is here! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who got married last year in May 2018, have been blessed with a baby boy on Monday. The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle delivered her son at 05:26 today, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace. The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, "who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild", is with the royal couple at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor according to the statement.

Everyone in the royal house was waiting with bated breath to welcome Queen's 8th great-grandchild. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's baby boy will be the 7th member who will be in the line for the throne. 

According to BBC, the Prince has described the birth of his and Meghan's first child - a boy - as the "most amazing experience"."It's been the most amazing experience I could ever imagine," he told reporters as he thanked the public for their "lovely support".

Here's Buckingham Palace's full statement

"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs this morning. The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz. The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth. 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. Her Royal Highness and the baby are both doing well."

"The couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives," the palace said, adding that, "More details will be shared in the forthcoming days." 

Meghan, 37, went into labour "in the early hours" of Monday morning.

The new royal baby, as Queen Elizabeth II's eighth great grandchild, will be seventh-in-line to the British throne.

He or she will be in line behind its grandfather Prince Charles, uncle Prince William and his children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and father Harry, Duke of Sussex.

However, the baby will not be bestowed a title of His or Her Royal Highness (HRH), or referred to as a Prince or Princess, unless the 93-year-old monarch steps in to make an exception to the royal titles rule dating back to 1917.

The boy will be able to use one of Harry's lesser titles to be known as the Earl of Dumbarton.

Meghan, a former actress, and Harry got married at a lavish wedding ceremony in Windsor Castle in May last year and announced the pregnancy publicly in October 2018, on the first day of their Commonwealth tour of Australia and New Zealand.

In a break from usual royal tradition, the couple have chosen to keep the birthing plans for their baby a private affair and said that they would be announcing the birth publicly only "once they have a chance to celebrate privately as a family".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had moved out of their London home at Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace into their newly-refurbished 10-bedroom family home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor on the Queen's estate recently in preparation of the new arrival.

Their new home has a curious Indian history as the cottage which was a royal gift to Abdul Karim by Queen Victoria, then Empress of India, in recognition of his service and as a sign of her affection towards her Indian aide and confidant.

Karim, whom the monarch referred to as her Munshi, was just 24 when he arrived in England from Agra to present Victoria with a special mohar or gold coin to mark her Golden Jubilee in 1887. He quickly grew close to the ageing monarch, who bestowed many gifts on him including Frogmore Cottage for his own use.

"Queen Victoria gave it to Abdul Karim, as a special gift. She would often visit the cottage and have tea with his wife and him. He had decorated the house with many exotic things, including presents given to him by European royalty," said Shrabani Basu, the author of Victoria and Abdul: The Extraordinary True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant'.

Harry and Meghan, who have been based at Frogmore Cottage since early April, were appointed Youth Ambassadors for the Commonwealth by the Queen and there have been some speculative UK media reports on them choosing to be based in Africa as part of that role in the future.

(With Agency Inputs)

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