Nearly a year in marriage, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on Monday welcomes their first child, a boy.
The newborn is seventh in line to the British throne, behind Prince Harry. It is not clear whether the child will receive a royal title, like those bestowed on the three children of Prince William, Harry’s older brother, and William’s wife, Catherine.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement that Meghan gave birth at 5:26 a.m. hours before the palace announced that she was in labor and that her mother, Doria Ragland, was with the new parents. The newborn boy weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, the royal couple wrote on Instagram; a name had not been chosen yet.
T he baby is sure to be the object of uncommon fascination, adored and criticized as a symbol of the modernization of Britain’s royal family.