Prince Harry tells of 'the most awesome experience imaginable'

At other times in her pregnancy, Meghan toured Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.

The royal infant, who will be seventh in line to the throne, was delivered in what appeared to be a home birth at the couple's new residence - Frogmore Cottage - in the grounds of Windsor's royal estate.

But more than a week overdue, The Mail was told she was forced to have Baby Sussex in hospital - most likely at The Portland in central London.

But there was also a nod to royal history, with the traditional easel announcing the birth of a royal baby set up outside Buckingham Palace.

Meghan's former Suits co-star, Sarah Rafferty, also took to social media to welcome Baby Sussex.

Prince Harry, in making the announcement, said the couple hasn't decided on a name yet.

Congratulations have poured in from around the world following the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son. "3oz", Sussex Royal wrote.

"That's the next bit, but for us I think we will be seeing you guys in probably two days" time as planned as a family to be able to share it with you guys and so everyone can see the baby'.

The Duchess of York gave birth to both Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie at the hospital, while both of the Earl of Snowdon's children, Charles and Margarita Armstrong-Jones, were born at The Portland.

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The duchess stayed in overnight before her baby was born at 5.26am on Monday.

She could do the same for Harry and Meghan's offspring, but the queen's feelings on that subject haven't been made public.

There was fevered speculation in recent weeks over everything from the newborn's gender and name - to whether it will have Harry's ginger hair.

In the lead-up to the birth of their first child, Harry and Meghan announced that details around the birth would be kept private.

What happened after the birth?

Senior royals have been informed of the birth, as has the family of Diana, Princess of Wales, Harry's late mother.

This presents Harry and Meghan - a mixed-race former US TV actress - with the hard choice of whether to follow royal tradition or choose a more unusual name. Prince Harry was present for the birth of his first child and spoke candidly afterwards about the experience. Speaking at the launch of The King's Cup regatta at the Cutty Sark on Tuesday, Prince William was asked how he was feeling, and he said: "Obviously thrilled, absolutely thrilled, and obviously looking forward to seeing them in the next few days when things have quietened down".

What will the baby be called?

Will they honor Queen Elizabeth's husband and Harry's grandfather with the name Philip? A name has not yet been revealed.

  • Michelle Webb