Meghan Markle gives birth to baby boy

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Photo: Twitter/The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

May 6 (UPI) — It’s a boy! That’s the word from the British royal family where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are celebrating the birth of their first child.

Official news of the birth came by way of an Instagram announcement’ Monday.

“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 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.”

Buckingham Palace confirmed the 37-year-old duchess of Sussex went into labor early Monday morning. Harry was said to be at Markle’s side.

Markle and Harry’s child is seventh in line to the throne. The new baby will be Queen Elizabeth II’s eighth great-grandchild.

Markle and Harry married in May 2018 and announced Markle’s pregnancy in October.

Markle and Harry said in April they planned to keep the royal birth private. The couple applauded fans for their generosity the same month after asking for charitable donations instead of baby gifts.

“Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action,” the palace said. “YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference.”

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