Meghan, Harry welcome royal baby boy

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A beaming Prince Harry said his wife Meghan gave birth to a baby boy early yesterday morning.
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A picture shows an official notice set up on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019, announcing the birth of a son to Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. 

A beaming Prince Harry said his wife Meghan gave birth to a baby boy early yesterday morning.

Harry says he’s “incredibly proud” of his wife and that they have a healthy baby boy who weighs 7 pounds and 3 ounces (3.2kg). He has not yet been named.

Harry said the child was a little bit overdue and that had given them more time to contemplate names. He says he is ecstatic about the birth of their first child and said more details will be shared in the coming days.

“This little baby is absolutely to die for,” he said. “I’m just over the moon.”

The infant will be seventh in line to the British throne and Queen Elizabeth II’s eighth great-grandchild. Harry is the younger son of Prince Charles, the next in line to the throne, and the late Princess Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997.

The child will be eligible for dual British-US citizenship if Meghan and Harry want to go through the application process.

Harry was present for the birth, which he said was an amazing experience. The couple has said they didn’t find out the baby’s sex in advance. Senior royals have been informed of the birth, as has the family of Princess Diana, Harry’s late mother.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, was formerly known as Meghan Markle and was a TV star before retiring from acting to marry Harry at St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle a year ago.

Journalists and well-wishers have camped out for days in Windsor, about 35 kilometers west of London, awaiting the baby’s arrival.

Meghan, a California native, had a starring role on the American TV series “Suits.” She had a previous marriage that ended in divorce and has strong feminist views. As the daughter of a black mother and a white father, she says she identifies as biracial.

Harry, who has said he wanted to protect his wife from intrusive media coverage, and Meghan have said they plan to keep many of the details of the birth private. Meghan represents a change for the royals: She is American, older than her husband, divorced, and comes from a biracial background.

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