Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to her first child. The royal family announced the birth via Instagram on Monday morning Eastern time and on Wednesday, announced that they had named him Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The baby boy reportedly weighs 7 pounds, 8 ounces. On Wednesday, Meghan and Prince Harry presented the baby to the world at St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle.
“It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing,” Markle said when asked about the baby. “I have the two best guys in the world, so I’m really happy.” The baby, she said, “has the sweetest temperament. He’s really calm.”
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were introduced to the newborn son of The Duke & Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle. Ms Doria Ragland was also present. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex are delighted to announce that they have named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. pic.twitter.com/PaHVhPlUl5— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 8, 2019
“Mother and baby are doing incredibly well. It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined,” Prince Harry told reporters on Monday, shortly after the baby was born. “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we’re both absolutely thrilled.”
The baby, the first “British-American baby born into the British royal family,” according to CNN, is also the first biracial baby in the modern history of the British royal family. He is seventh in the line of succession. His grandfather Prince Charles; uncle Prince William; cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis; and father, Harry, are all ahead of him in line for the throne.
According to NBC, very few details of Markle and Harry’s birth plan were released prior to the birth, and Kensington Palace said the birth wouldn’t be revealed until the couple were able to celebrate privately.
When asked which parent the baby takes after, Prince Harry said it’s still too soon to tell. “Everyone says babies change so much [in] two weeks. We’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over the next month. He’s changing every single day. Who knows.”
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