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.
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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.
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.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs.
The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz and The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth.
Read the full announcement here: https://t.co/RCUFjQG8pe
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 6, 2019
“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 Duke of Sussex announces his wife has given birth to a baby boy.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 6, 2019
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.”