The newest royal baby has arrived!! Meghan Markle has given birth to her and Prince Harry’s first child, a baby boy. The Palace just announced the birth, writing, “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.”
This is the first time Meghan and Harry’s baby’s gender has been announced, but the news is not a surprise to the couple. ELLE.com was previously told by sources close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that Meghan and Harry knew whether they were having a boy or girl and just chose to keep it a surprise from the public. Kate Middleton and Prince William did the same with their children.
Despite the gender announcement, the couple has not announced the name of their firstborn yet. This isn’t unexpected for royal couples: Kate Middleton and Prince William waited two days before announcing Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s names. They waited four days to share Prince Louis’s name. It’s also not clear yet whether the Queen will give Meghan and Harry’s baby a title or not. Right now, only William’s kids are given princess/prince titles automatically at birth, as he is the firstborn and direct heir to the throne when his father, Prince Charles, becomes king.
Meghan and Harry welcomed their child shortly after Meghan began her maternity leave at the beginning if April. A source close to her and Harry told ELLE.com in mid-March that that Meghan was feeling great in her last weeks of pregnancy. She was winding her schedule down then, taking private meetings for her charity work.
Meghan and Harry were seen out on March 31, making a visit to a wellness store. But the couple made their last official public appearance on March 19 when they went to New Zealand House to pay tribute to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack.