Ring the bells, call the Queen because there’s a tiny new royal in town. The most awaited baby of 2019 is finally here!
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now the proud parents of a baby boy born today weighing 7lb, 3 oz.
A beaming Harry approached the press outside Frogmore Cottage, saying: “It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.
“How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. But we’re both absolutely thrilled.
“We’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there, it’s been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody.”
A very modern announcement also appeared on Instagram, a short and sweet message and we can hear the world rejoicing … finally!
Both mum and baby are doing well with Meghan’s mother Doria by her side, suggesting she had delivered the baby at home. More details to be released in the coming days.
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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.
A name has not yet been revealed for the little one but in keeping with what Uncle Will and Aunty Kate Middleton did, it’s expected to be revealed in the new few days.
It was in mid October last year that Kensington Palace shared the news that our new favourite royal couple were expecting their first child. Since the social media announcement we’ve witnessed Meghan in endless stylish maternity clothes and naaawww’d at ample bump-holding as we eagerly awaited the birth.
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018
Will the bookmakers be right in picking the name?
With betting now closed here’s the predictions based on the royal baby name tote! Fitzdares, a private UK bookmaker had Alice as the most popular choice if the baby was a girl with odds of 5/2. Equally classic royal names Victoria, Mary and Isabella followed with odds of 4/1 and 6/1 respectively. Less likely outsiders also in the running were Eleanor, Augusta, Rachel and Diana after Prince Harry’s mother.
For boys, bets are on Alexander with odds of 2/1. Other popular predictions included Arthur (3/1), Philip (6/1) and Albert (6/1). Unsurprisingly most of the predicted names followed in the traditional styles popular through royal history, with Nicholas, Alfred, James and Thomas all coming in as other possibilities.
What title will the baby have?
Unlike the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, Harry and Meghan’s new baby won’t receive the title of Prince or Princess, as they will be too far down the line of succession.
According to The Express, the down-to-earth parents want their first child to have a ‘relatively normal life’ and believe a royal suffix may impede this. A source close to the couple reportedly explained, ‘That word “normal” looms very large for Harry and Meghan when it comes to their child’s future.’
So, it appears the newest royal will be without an official title – unless the Queen offers it to be a Prince or Princess which she has the power to do. Stay tuned.
Will bubs be a British or American citizen?
According to Dr Devyani Prabhat of the University of Bristol Law School the new baby will be automatically entitled to both English and US citizenships making this new addition a very modern, global citizen!
She commented to the Huffington Post: ‘The royal baby will be entitled to both British and American citizenship as both countries provide for transmission of citizenship through bloodlinks at least for two generations. Both countries permit dual nationality holding by their citizens.’
Who will be godparents to the latest little royal?
According to royal tradition, family members are not named as children’s godparents, meaning Prince William and Kate Middleton will not be called up for duty. Though, with up to six positions to fill, this means the Meghan and Harry need to look to their friends to take the job.
Media speculation based on the friends of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have seen Jessica & Ben Mulroney, Misha Noon, Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and the Clooneys suggested. The true choices for godparents will of course not be revealed until the baby is christened.
Where does the new baby sit in line to the British throne?
The newest addition to the Royal family sits seventh in line to the throne, bumping Prince Andrew (the Queen’s second oldest son) down to eighth place, with his daughters Princess Beatrice and the recently married Princess Eugenie moving down to ninth and tenth.
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis remain ahead of their new cousin.
Congratulations to Megan & Harry
A new baby is always an exciting time, royal or not! The Mum Central team can’t wait to see this gorgeous family grow together – and we’re desperately holding our breath for the first family photo! Dark haired or red-head, now that’s something to look forward to!
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