Just weeks ahead of their first wedding anniversary, the couple have welcomed their first child, a baby boy. The couple confirmed the news on social media, noting that the new arrival weighs 7 lbs., 3 oz.
“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,” the birth announcement said.
“More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.”
Uncle Prince William and Aunt Kate Middleton are “delighted” to welcome another little royal to the family!
Following the birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s first child on Monday, a baby boy, Harry’s older brother and his wife – who are parents themselves to Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1 – added their congratulations.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son today, and look forward to meeting the latest addition to the family,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.
Following the announcement that Meghan was expecting, the palace released a statement from William and Kate saying they were “delighted” for the newlyweds.
Move over, Baby Sussex — Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son will now be known as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Hours after the couple’s first child was born on Monday, May 6, new dad Prince Harry told reporters that he and the duchess had yet to decide on a name. Bookies in the U.K. revealed that Alexander, Arthur, Philip, and Spencer (a nod to Princess Diana, the former Lady Diana Spencer) were strong contenders.
Hours after introducing their son to the world with a photo call at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, the duke and duchess posted an Instagram announcing their boy’s name. The newborn is pictured meeting his great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, while Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, looks on. Ragland has been staying with the couple and their new arrival at their home in Windsor.
As you know, a few days ago, Meghan and Harry welcomed their first son, who they've named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and he's a doll from what we can tell.
While the new parents did forgo the traditional hospital steps photo we're used to seeing — and comparing our own post-birth appearances to, ha! — they did formally introduce Baby Sussex to the public at Windsor Castle this morning.
In the months leading up to Baby Archie’s arrival, Prince Harry made comments suggesting that he and his wife, Meghan Markle’s baby was already bigger than average. “There’s a heavy baby in her,” he reportedly told to a guest at the Endeavor Fund Awards. While Baby Sussex might have weighed more than the average unborn baby at that point in pregnancy, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son is actually quite average outside of the womb.
How much does Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor weigh? Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Monday, May 6, 2019, at 5:26 A.M. BST and, according to the royal family’s announcement, weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Although many babies are born with a birth rate around 5 or 6 pounds, Baby Archie actually weighs closer to the middle-range of average newborn weight, which is between 5 pounds, 8 ounces and 8 pounds, 13 ounces, according to KidsHealth.
Although the royal family revealed details like his weight and time of birth, much of the experience is still — and will likely remain — under wraps. “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private,” the Palace said in a statement ahead of Meghan Markle’s due date. “The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”
Home birth vs. hospital birth Following the news on Monday, some speculated that Meghan Markle had a home birth, given the timing of delivery, Prince Harry’s in-person announcement outside of Windsor Estate, and the fact that there wasn’t much commotion in getting the Duchess of Sussex to the hospital. However, several publications have debunked this idea.
According to The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth at a hospital and “was whisked off amid such secrecy that even senior royal weren’t told.” She followed up with some additional information from unnamed sources: “It is not known whether Meghan, 37, was induced but sources say she remained there overnight before her baby was born at 5.26am [sic] on Monday morning, with an elated Prince Harry at her side.”