Baby Sussex Is Born—Here’s What We Know About Meghan And Harry’s Baby
After months of speculation over the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal baby, Baby Sussex is finally born, abeit slightly overdue. The Buckingham Palace announced today at 6:30am (GMT+1) that the Duchess of Sussex had gone into labour at the early hours of the morning, and confirmed one hour later that the baby boy was safely delivered at 5:26am, weighing 7lbs. 3oz. at birth.
A beaming Harry appeared live from the Windsor Castle, sharing that the “little thing is absolutely to die for” and that it has “been the most amazing experience [he] could ever possibly imagine”.
As we await more details from the Buckingham Palace, here’s everything we know about Baby Sussex.
The baby's name
Names that punters are betting on include traditional names like Albert, Arthur, Alexander, James, Phillip, Henry, Frederick, Thomas, and Edward—though the Sussexes surprised everyone with a name that's completely different.
On the afternoon on May 8, Harry and Meghan announced the name of their baby—Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Archie, which is a variation of Archibald is of German origin. The name is derived from the Germanic elements ercan and bald, which means "precious" and "bold", and is quite popular amongst British baby names. As for his middle name, it literally means son of Harry.
Mountbatten-Windsor is a surname used by male descendants of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip who do not have a royal title, and also by members of the Royal Family when a surname is required.
The where and how
When the Sussexes made their move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, royal watchers predicted that they would choose Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey—15 miles from their new home—instead of the luxurious Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, where Princess Ann, Princess Diana, and most recently Kate Middleton have chosen to deliver.
It was later rumoured that Meghan planned to have a natural home birth at the Frogmore Cottage, reportedly appointing her own all-female delivery team to oversee her child’s birth, instead of the Royal Household gynaecologists. While no details have been revealed, this could very well be true, according to the Buckingham Palace’s update that Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, is with the Sussexes and their baby at the cottage.
Will Baby Sussex be a prince?
Unlike Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louise, the latest royal baby is not likely to be made a prince—unless the Queen decides to make him one. This is because Baby Sussex, who is now seventh in line to the throne, is too far down the line of succession.
Instead, he could become the Earl of Dumbarton, one of the subsidiary titles the Queen bestowed upon Harry on the morning of his wedding.
Watch Prince Harry's announcement below.
This is a developing story. Watch this space for updates on the royal baby.