Prince Harry and Meghan Welcome Their First Child

Britain's Prince Harry addresses the media after his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to their firstborn son, outside Windsor in London.
Britain's Prince Harry addresses the media after his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to their firstborn son, outside Windsor in London. (REUTERS/Reuters TV)

Britain's Prince Harry said his wife Meghan and newborn son were doing well and described the baby as "absolutely to die for," speaking to media after the birth of the seventh in line to the British throne.

"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," a smiling Harry said.

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.

In a formal announcement on their official Instagram account the royal couple said they "welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses' son weighs 7lbs. 3oz." (3.2 kg)

"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."

Queen Elizabeth's grandson Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, a U.S.-born former actress, married in a lavish ceremony at the monarch's Windsor Castle home in May last year.

The baby will be 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 as any such title will have to be bestowed by the queen by issuing what is known as a letter patent.

The parents are officially titled the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Britain's royal family attracts huge media interest, but the younger members, especially Harry and Meghan, are treated like Hollywood superstars.

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