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A new era

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, gives birth to a baby boy

By WITW Staff on May 6, 2019

It’s a boy!

Royal baby fever has erupted with full force in the United Kingdom following the news that Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, successfully gave birth to a healthy baby boy at 5:26 a.m. on Monday morning. The newborn is seventh in line to the British throne, following his father Prince Harry. Eschewing the traditional photo with the newborn outside St. Mary’s Hospital, the royal couple instead announced the news in a post to Instagram.

According to the royal family’s twitter account, Markle is now recovering from the birth alongside her newborn, her husband, Prince Harry, and her mother Doria Ragland at their home of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. Speaking to reporters outside the royal residence, the Duke of Sussex said they planned to name their child — and allow press photos of the infant for the first time — in the next few days.

“This little thing is absolutely to die for, so I’m just over the moon,” said Prince Harry. “Mother and baby are doing incredibly well. It’s been the most amazing experience I can ever possibly imagine. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, and we’re both absolutely thrilled.”

The newborn’s arrival marked a historic moment as the first biracial royal baby to be born in the British monarchy’s recent history. While past British royals may have had biracial heritage, the openness of Markle’s biracial identity has been hailed as the beginning of a new era for the famously socially conservative royal institution. Before the couple’s marriage, Prince Harry upbraided the British press for outright “racism” in their coverage of Markle, an issue that is only likely to be exacerbated following the birth of the new baby.

Britain is 87 percent white, but interracial children make up its fastest-growing ethnic category, and will soon be the country’s largest minority group, the New York Times reports.

Speaking at International Women’s Day in March, Markle, an outspoken women’s rights activist, said that she expected any child of hers — boy or girl — to be a feminist. Due to the timing of the birth, Markle is unlikely to be in attendance during U.S. President Donald Trump’s state visit to the U.K. on June 3rd. Before marrying into the royal family, Markle had been open in her contempt for Trump, characterizing him — among other things — as a blatant “misogynist.”

Read the full story at The New York Times, The Guardian, and TIME magazine.

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