Meghan Markle has given birth to a baby boy

Meghan Markle has given birth to a baby boy.

Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child on early Monday morning.

According to the couple’s official Instagram account, the baby weighed 7 pounds and 3 ounces.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the Duchess of Sussex was in labor early Monday morning and ITV reported the baby was born at exactly 5:26 a.m.

Harry made a statement from Windsor to announce the birth of his son.

“I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy this morning, a very healthy baby boy,” Harry said in the statement cited by ITV. “It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. But we’re both absolutely thrilled. We’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there, it’s been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody.”

Harry said in his statement that the baby boy does not yet have a name, and that the name will be shared with the public on Wednesday.

“Still thinking about names. The baby is a little bit over due so we’ve had a little time to think about it. That’s the next bit, but for us, we will seeing you guys in two days time as planned as a family to be able to share with it you guys, so everybody can see the baby,” Harry said. “I haven’t been at many births, this is definitely my first birth but it was amazing, absolutely incredible. I’m so incredibly proud of my wife and as every father and parent would ever say, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to die for so I’m just over the moon.”

Although the baby’s name has not yet been revealed, bookmakers have been weighing up the predictions ever since Markle’s pregnancy was announced.

The palace tweeted confirmation that Markle had went into labor early Monday monday.

“The Duchess went into labour in the early hours of this morning,” the palace said in a statement. “The Duke of Sussex was by Her Royal Highnesses’ side. An announcement will be made soon.”

This comes after Buckingham Palace announced the couple’s plans to keep the details surrounding the birth secret until they had time “to celebrate privately as a new family.” The couple is expected to hold a photo call a few days after the birth on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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The couple wants “to celebrate privately as a new family.”
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The news meant Harry and Markle would forgo the traditional post-birth photo-op at the Lindo Wing, which was started by Princess Diana with the births of Prince William and Harry, and continued by William and Kate Middleton after the birth of all three of their children.

The baby is now seventh in line to the British throne and Queen Elizabeth II’s eighth great-grandchild.

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Kensington Palace announced Markle’s pregnancy back in October 2018, only revealing that she was due in spring 2019. Markle went on to complete a royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand in October 2018, then went on a shorter visit to Morocco in February.

Markle also reportedly celebrated with a celebrity-filled baby shower at The Mark hotel in New York City in February, where she was spotted with famous friends such as Serena Williams and Abigail Spencer.

Baby Sussex will be raised by Harry and Markle at their new residence in Frogmore Cottage in London. The pair moved out of Kensington Palace and into the 10-bedroom country manor in April.

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