The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child together on Monday, the couple announced on social media. The brand new parents are mom and dad to a baby boy.
“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. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz,” the couple’s official Instagram account read. “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 little one’s arrival comes seven months after the palace confirmed the former American actress was pregnant with her first child in October 2018.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” the palace said in a statement. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
While the timing of the baby’s arrival was publicly kept vague, the mother-to-be herself clued fans in along the way, revealing during a mid-January walkabout that she was six months pregnant at the time and due around the end of April/early May.
Naturally, royal enthusiasts have waited with bated breath for the baby’s arrival ever since, counting down the days, speculating on the birthdate and theorizing about the newborn’s sex and name.
Ahead of the youngster’s arrival, the first-time mom sparked headlines when she returned to the United States in February for a star-studded baby shower in New York City. Famous attendees like Amal Clooney, Gayle King and the Duchess of Sussex’s best friend, Jessica Mulroney, were spotted arriving to the Mark Hotel in the Big Apple, where the highly anticipated gathering took place.
However, according to the Press Association, Markle was reportedly still working behind the scenes, including a meeting with the Royal National Theater’s artist director and executive director at Kensington Palace. In January, Markle was announced as a patron of the theater. Then, just days after the service, she and Harry made a surprise visit to the New Zealand House in London, where they signed a book of condolence for the victims of the Christchurch terror attack.
The pair popped up again in early April as they were spotted leaving Ilapothecary on Kensington’s Church Street, suggesting they were focused on wellness ahead of their baby’s arrival. Days later, it was revealed the couple had moved into their renovated new home, Frogmore Cottage.
Now, ahead of the their first wedding anniversary, the two are officially parents, fulfilling a dream the duchess expressed years ago.
“I can’t wait to start a family,” she told Best Health in 2016, shortly before meeting her future husband. “But in due time.”
Well, that time has officially arrived. Congratulations to the new mom and dad!