WATCH Prince Harry Announces It’s a Boy After Wife Meghan Gives Birth

By Gerry Mey

WINDSOR, England – Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, gave birth to a boy on Monday, the seventh-in-line to the throne and described by his proud father as “absolutely to die for”.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex visit the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat, Morocco February 25, 2019. Facundo Arrizabalaga/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

The baby, who has not yet been named, was born in the early hours of the morning weighing 7 lbs 3oz (3.2 kg). Both Meghan and the baby, the couple’s first child, were both healthy and well, the palace said.

“How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension but we’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the lovely support from everybody out there,” a smiling Harry told reporters in Windsor, west of London where the couple live.

“It was amazing, absolutely incredible. As I say, I am so incredibly proud of my wife and, as every father and parent would ever say your baby is absolutely amazing, this little baby is absolutely to die for.”

WATCH Prince Harry announces birth of baby son

He said they had not yet decided on a name for the child and would make their first appearance as a family in a couple of days’ time.

Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, was present for the birth and Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, was also with the couple at their home, Frogmore Cottage, on the estate of Windsor Castle where they married in May last year.

Britain’s Prince Harry speaks after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a baby boy, at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, Britain May 6, 2019. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS

The queen and other members of the royal family were delighted by the news, the palace said.

Prime Minister Theresa May sent congratulations.

“Wishing you all the best at this happy time,” she told the royal couple on Twitter.

A man makes an announcement outside Windsor Castle that Britain’s Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The baby is the eighth great grandchild of the 93-year-old queen, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, and could be entitled to hold joint British and American citizenship according to nationality rules.

However, the child will not automatically be a prince or a princess and any such title would have to be bestowed by the queen by issuing what is known as a letter patent.

Albert, Philip, Arthur and James are the favourite names for the child, according to bookmakers.

Britain’s royal family attracts huge media interest but the younger members, especially Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, a U.S.-born former actress, are treated like Hollywood superstars.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prince Harry gestures next to his wife Meghan as they ride a horse-drawn carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo

‘MODERN MONARCHY’

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prince Harry (R) arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
FILE PHOTO: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss as they leave St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Ben Birchall/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Unlike Harry’s brother Prince William and his wife Kate, who posed for massed photographers outside a London hospital just hours after their three children were born, Harry and Meghan are expected to take part in only a limited photocall in the grounds of Windsor Castle, within a few days of the birth.

For some the child’s birth will represent a significant moment for the monarchy, becoming the first mixed-race baby born into a senior position in British royalty, according to royal experts.

“It’s symbolic of a more modern monarchy. It appeals to people across the world,” royal biographer Claudia Joseph told Reuters. “They will be able to identify with the royal family as never before.”

Others note however that Meghan, whose mother is African-American and father is white, has been the target of racist commentary on social media.

(Reporting by Gerry Mey, William James; Writing by Michael Holden; Editing by Toby Chopra and Frances Kerry)

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