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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle present their son to the world: Live updates

The royal couple give a peek at their happy family as they show off their new son to the world

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“It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing,” Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, said as she and Prince Harry show off their new son. “I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.” She added “He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm,” as Harry held their sleeping two-day-old son in St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle. “I don’t know who he gets that from,” Harry added with a laugh.

Who does he look like? “Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks we’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month,  really,” Harry explained. “But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows.”

They are enjoying being new parents. “It’s great,” Harry said. “Parenting is amazing. It’s only been two and a half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.”

12:40 pm Windsor Castle (and London) time, May 8

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, showed off their son to the world at St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle.

“It’s magic. I have two of the best guys in the world,” Meghan said. “He has the sweetest temperament. Calm…he’s been a dream. It’s been a special couple of days.”

Who does he look like? “His looks change every single day, so who knows?” Harry answers. “We’re so happy to have our own little bundle of joy.” 

They then went off to introduce the baby to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who bumped into the couple on their way into St. George’s Hall.

Location note: Windsor Castle is just up the Long Walk from their home of Frogmore Cottage. As for the inside venue, well, it’s absolutely pouring rain outside.


11:45 pm Frogmore Cottage (and London) time, May 8

The happy day is not without controversy as the public relations strategies of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have garnered some rather pointed criticism from among the British press. While everyone knew and expected that Harry and Meghan would keep events around the birth of their child as private as possible, some of their decisions have raised eyebrows.

“How the royal PR machine’s treatment of both the public and press left us lost for words” was a Telegraph headline as Camilla Tominey excoriated the couple and their staff. On Monday, they sent out a press release at around 2 pm local time informing everyone that Meghan had gone into labour in the early hours of the day. What it didn’t say was that she’d given birth 8.5 hours before and was home at Frogmore Cottage. Then came the birth announcement that left the impression it had been a home delivery (some papers report they drove to London for a hospital birth then returned home.)

Needless to say, the media wasn’t happy at being misled (some used much much stronger language) and not being told even the basics of this very high-profile royal birth.

As Camilla Tominey wrote:

While everyone respects the royal couple’s right to privacy, was it really necessary to be so cloak and dagger about whether the baby was born at home or in hospital when the information is going to be made public on the birth certificate anyway?… Harry has long had a complicated relationship with the press – but if the prince is worried about the media printing ‘lies’ about him, why not give them the truth to report rather than unconfirmed ‘rumours’?

If Harry and Meghan want total privacy, they may be better off relinquishing their royal titles and moving abroad for a quieter life (I believe a secondment to Africa has already been mooted). Unfortunately you cannot switch on the tap of publicity when it suits you, say to promote charitable causes, cookbooks and such like – and then switch it off when it doesn’t.

If that wasn’t enough, one of the Daily Mail’s headlines is “Special access to U.S. network that’s fronted by Meghan’s friend.” Normally the pooled media allowed into royal events in Britain, such as to get images of the royal baby, are selected from the British press corp. Not this time.

As Rebecca English revealed:

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have insisted on a US broadcaster being present when they unveil their baby son to the world today—and have picked the channel fronted by one of Meghan’s best friends.The couple have arranged for CBS, the network whose morning show is fronted by the duchess’s confidante Gayle King—a guest at her New York baby shower—to join a small British media contingent for the photocall at Windsor Castle. The decision came as a surprise to British television channels including the BBC and ITV—not to mention many at Buckingham Palace…

Miss King came to the UK to cover the birth and visited the couple at Frogmore Cottage just a few days ago, but is understood to have returned to the US when it emerged the baby was overdue. Handily for her, it is expected that footage of Baby Sussex will be broadcast in America in time for her popular breakfast show, This Morning.

 


11:20 pm Frogmore Cottage (and London) time, May 8

Welcome back for a second day of live royal baby updates. Today is royal baby show-and-tell day.

His parents, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, show off their 7 lb 3 oz son to the world. Pictures are expected within the next few hours, so stay tuned. The event won’t be like the hospital doorstop photo ops of recent years, but rather a small group of media will record the event, then share it with the rest of the world’s media. (It’s called “pooled” coverage and happens frequently when royals want to control media access, sometimes because the space is too small for the entire press corp.)

recap for those who haven’t been near any media at all for the last 48 hours: On Monday, May 6, “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526 hrs,” to quote the old-fashioned way royal births are announced. Harry and Meghan’s boy is 7th in line to the throne.

“I’m so incredibly proud of my wife,” Prince Harry gushed. “This little thing is absolutely to die for.”

Today, in addition to seeing our first images of the baby, it’s also expected that his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, will visit. The 93-year-old monarch spends much of her working week at Windsor Castle, a short hop away from Frogmore Cottage. Yesterday, she beamed at an event when asked about her eighth great-grandchild.

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