It’s what the world has been fervently awaiting for weeks: the arrival of the royal baby. With the Duchess of Sussex’s original due date allegedly somewhere in late April, the Internet, social media and headlines had been awash with speculation around the baby's name and gender, whether or not the baby had already been born and when it would finally arrive. The buzz increased particularly in light of Prince Harry's planned trip to the Netherlands on 9 May, which suggested that the baby would have arrived by then.
The Duchess of Sussex went into labour in the early hours of this morning.
The Duke of Sussex was by Her Royal Highnesses’ side. An announcement will be made soon.https://t.co/hFq0te2Owe— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 6, 2019
Whispered rumours turned into confirmation that the Duchess of Sussex did indeed go into labour early this morning. Buckingham Palace issued a short statement announcing the news, adding that Prince Harry is by her side.
Official confirmation from Buckingham Palace that the Duchess of Sussex went into labour in the early hours of this morning #RoyalBaby pic.twitter.com/GdUL1R66za— Charlie Proctor (@MonarchyUK) May 6, 2019
And just moments ago, it was confirmed on the Sussex's social media that the couple have welcomed a baby boy.
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We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz. The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.
Meghan's son is seventh in line to the throne. The couple has previously made clear that the royal baby will not make a public appearance on the day of its birth (as is royal tradition) - rather, the world will get a glimpse at Baby Sussex once they’ve shared some private time with their newborn.