It’s a Boy! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Welcome Newest Addition to the Royal Family

It’s a boy! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed their first baby into the world.

The baby boy was born at 5:26 am and Harry was by Markle’s side the entire time.

The announcement was made via the royal couple’s Instagram.

“We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019,” the photo posted this morning was captioned. “Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.”

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Today is #earthday – an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day. #earthday

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“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. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.”

New father, Harry, also made a statement this morning.

“I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy this morning, a very healthy baby boy,” the Duke said from Windsor.

Those closest to the royal couple were notified first.

“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,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.”

Markle was in the 41st week of her pregnancy.

When will we see baby Sussex?

Markle and Harry have been very private throughout the pregnancy. We never knew the exact date that Markle was scheduled to give birth or even where she planned on having the baby. This secrecy probably won’t change, even though baby Sussex is here.

In the past, royals like Kate Middleton have stood on the hospital steps for a photo opp with their babies shortly after giving birth. It was announced last month that Markle would not be following this specific royal tradition.

“Buckingham Palace have announced media plans for the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s baby,” royal correspondent Emily Andrews tweeted in April. “Once #Meghan is in labour, we will be told (like #kate) but the couple will keep where private & won’t be appearing ‘on the hospital steps’ afterwards. There will be a photo op once they’re home.”

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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Where does baby Sussex fall in the line of succession?

Markle and Harry’s child is the eighth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II.

He is now seventh in line for the throne, after Prince Charles, Prince William, William’s three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, and his father.

How to send congratulatory letters to the couple

If you want to send your congratulations to Markle and Harry, you can do so and may even get a response. Fans can send their letters to THR Duke & Duchess of Sussex, Clarence House, London, SW1A 1BA, United Kingdom.

Though the Duke and Duchess have moved to Frogmore Cottage, their mailing address still remains the same.

In the past, Markle and Harry have responded to letters from fans, even sending back personal notes and pictures. After the couple’s wedding, several well-wishers received cards with pictures from the iconic day inside.

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