Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their baby boy!
Above, an overjoyed Prince Harry as he was about to give a statement to the media.
Below, the highlights.
Before we get to Harry’s statement and other updates, we’ll do a quick overview of the way events unfolded earlier today.
The word a baby was on the way broke shortly after 8:30 this morning on the east coast. Below, an image the news release that was issued; it said “…the Duchess went into labour.” The past tense led many to think that perhaps the baby had already been born.
It turns out that was the case. It wasn’t long after that initial release that we saw a post on the Sussex Royal Instagram account sharing the happy news.
An FYI, the 5:26am time in the news release is slightly off; the announcement was made well before 10:26am on the East Coast. There may have been a little confusion in the excitement.) UPDATE: My apologies, those times are clearly off. 5:26 am in Windsor is 12:26 am in the US, not 10:26 am, as I wrote! -sek
Below, the scene on the Long Walk in Windsor.
Another statement was released with additional information.
The release also said that, “The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.” Below, Meghan and her mother on her wedding day almost a year ago.
We know Meghan and her mother are very close. While it has not been confirmed, the wording of the statement lends credence to the belief the baby was delivered at the couple’s home in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage.
More from that news release:
“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news.
The Duke delivered a statement not too long after the official news was released.
More from ITV’s coverage:
Away from the cameras his relaxed, easy going demeanour revealed the duke was still on a high after witnessing the miracle of childbirth, but confessed “I’ve had about two hours’ sleep”.
The duke even apologised about the short notice for the press conference and joked with a cameraman who said sorry for not wearing a tie, telling him “you’re a cameraman, you can get away with it”.
Here is a video with the full statement.
“We’re both absolutely thrilled.”
This is the moment Prince Harry announced that his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, had given birth to a baby boy 🎉🍼.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 6, 2019
For anyone curious about the location, he was standing in the Royal Mews, the stables at Windsor.
It wasn’t long before we saw congratulatory messages and good wishes being shared on social media, including many posted by charities that Meghan and Harry support. Below left, a tweet from one of Meghan’s patronages, The Mayhew; on the right, an Instagram post from the Invictus Games Foundation.
This Tweet is from Archbishop Justin Welby, who married Meghan and Harry almost a year ago.
More posts from Twitter, including one from Prime Minister Theresa May; another from former first lady and author, Michelle Obama; as well as a post by Bishop Michael Curry, who is head of the Episcopal Church in America and delivered the sermon at Meghan and Harry’s wedding.
One more, this is from the USO.
There was the traditional posting of the birth announcement at Buckingham Palace.
Back in Windsor we also had the appearance of the completely unofficial ‘town crier,’ proclaiming the news as seen in this Tweet from Emily Mee of Sky News.
The town crier announced the birth of the royal baby outside the castle gates to an excited crowd. pic.twitter.com/slQ45hMnfY
— Emily Mee (@EmilyMeeSky) May 6, 2019
In terms of titles we don’t believe the baby will be a Prince or an HRH (His Royal Highness). More from Hello!:
For now, the royal baby is not expected to be a Prince, nor an HRH, because George V limited titles within the royal family in 1917. He will be granted the title when Charles becomes king, as the child of a son of a sovereign, but he may decide not to officially use it.
And from The Scotsman:
And so the boy is expected to be known as the Earl of Dumbarton – because a first son of a duke is allowed to use one of his father’s other lesser titles as a courtesy title.
Harry was made Earl of Dumbarton by the Queen on the morning of his wedding, as well as being given a dukedom.
In its coverage The Telegraph posted the latest odds.
Below, a look at the British Telecom Tower.
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EVENING UPDATES: It looks like Harry *will* go to The Hague on Thursday for the launch of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 one-year countdown. Below, a tweet today from the Invictus Games The Hague offering congratulations.
It didn’t take long for the BBC to post royal baby items for sale.
Thank you my friend Micki for the heads-up on this.
Also tonight, the London Eye was lit in both pink and blue to celebrate the arrival of Baby Sussex!
There are reports HM will visit the Duke and Duchess at Frogmore Cottage to meet her newest great-grandchild. We’ll keep you posted on that and any other news via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and right here on the site.
We’ll leave you with some of the front pages for tomorrow.
And two more, with thanks to Neil Henderson for his Tweets sharing the front pages.
Our last two front pages.