The Duchess of Sussex is in labor, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
“The Duchess 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,” the palace said in a statement.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle previously announced plans to keep the details surrounding the birth secret until they have time to “celebrate privately as a new family.”
The couple are set to hold a photo call with their new baby at the grounds of Windsor Castle, but not until a few days after the birth.
The baby’s gender has not yet been revealed.
Baby Sussex, who will be seventh in line to the British throne, 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. The couple reportedly moved there for more privacy and space ahead of the birth.
Throughout Markle’s pregnancy, there has been major speculation as to what her baby’s title will be. According to former royal butler and etiquette expert Grant Harrold, the baby will not be given the title of prince or princess unless given special permission by the Queen.
While there are many traditional first names the duke and duchess have to choose from, it is understood that the baby’s surname will be Sussex.
Royals don’t technically require a last name, although many use Mountbatten-Windsor, which is the official surname for all descendants of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
However, many royal babies are given a surname after their parents’ titles. For instance, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest son, Prince George, goes by the name George Cambridge.
It’s also likely that fans will be treated to a photo of the baby on Harry and Markle’s official Instagram account, which they created at the beginning of April.
So far, the couple use the account — which now has more than 4 million followers — to post previously unreleased photographs to their fans.
More to follow…