The news was delivered less than an hour after Buckingham Palace announced that the Duchess of Sussex had gone into labor early on Monday with Prince Harry by her side.
“I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy earlier this morning, a very healthy boy,” a beaming Prince Harry told members of the media at Windsor Castle.
“Mother and baby are doing incredibly well. It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.”
Here’s what we know so far — and what the world is waiting to find out — about the newest addition to the royal family.
When was the baby due?
Kensington Palace officials were tight-lipped about the Duchess of Sussex’s exact due date, other than to say that the baby was due in the spring of 2019.
But at various royal engagements since the original announcement, Meghan is said to have told members of the public the baby was due to arrive around the end of April or the beginning of May.
Where did Meghan give birth?
We don’t yet know where Baby Sussex made his entrance.
In recent years, the Lindo Wing at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital has been the de facto maternity ward for royal births.
Crowds greet Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital.
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to her three children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis — at the hospital.
It is also where Harry and his brother, Prince William, were born.
But in recent weeks, speculation mounted that Meghan would chose a home birth. This would be more in keeping with the couple’s frequent requests for privacy — a plea they have made since they began dating three years ago, and repeated in the weeks leading up to the birth of their son.
What happened after the birth?
After the birth, Queen Elizabeth II, senior members of the royal family, Princess Diana’s siblings and Meghan’s family were informed.
Meghan’s doctors would have signed an official notice confirming the newborn’s sex, weight and time of birth.
A notice is placed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace to announce the birth of a royal baby.
This notice would have been taken under police guard to Buckingham Palace, before being framed and placed on an easel in the palace forecourt, for members of the public to read.
When will the public get to see the baby for the first time?
This is up to Meghan and Harry, who have bucked recent convention by choosing to avoid a high-profile public “unveiling” soon after the baby’s birth.
Harry hinted to gathered media on Monday that the world would have its first glimpse of his son on Wednesday.
The couple have previously said they “look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”
Why has the world gone wild over Meghan and Harry’s son?
News of the royal baby was a largely symbolic landmark for the UK’s history books, particularly at a time when Britain is busy cutting its ties with the European Union,
The new prince “will not only have that American heritage, but will also be the first biracial baby in line to the British throne,” she said.
“Any new baby is a symbol of hope for the future of any family. But these expectations will be made all the heavier for the newest member of the royal family — particularly at a time of uncertainty and upheaval in the UK.”According to Merrick, Meghan and Harry’s wedding was a “much-needed counterpoint to the climate of fear and hostility over immigration that has become magnified since the Brexit referendum.”
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