The royal baby is here! Shortly after reports that Meghan Markle was in labor, the royal family announced that she had given birth to a healthy baby boy at 5:26 a.m.
"It's a boy!" the post reads on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's official Instagram page. "Their royal highness the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to announce the birth of their child."
The caption of the post reads:
"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."
There's been plenty of speculation regarding the royal baby's name, but in a BBC interview this morning, Prince Harry reported that they are "still thinking about names."
The Duke of Sussex was all smiles as he added: "It's been the most amazing experience I could ever imagine. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. We're both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there."
The royal baby is seventh in line to the British throne and Queen Elizabeth II’s eighth great-grandchild. Baby Sussex is also the first multi-racial British royal in centuries, as well as an American citizen (as Markle is from California). Though in the future, the family may opt for dual citizenship.
Prince Harry, 34, and Markle, 37, were married in May 2018 and have continued to set aside convention after the wedding. As previously reported, they have opted out of the traditional photo opp on the steps of St. Mary's Hospital, saying they wish to spend the first few days in private with their newborn. However, the Palace will surely keep fans updated with new announcements.
Congrats to the Duke and Duchess!