Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have called their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
His name was announced during a visit to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle. Archie is the Queen’s 8th and newest great-grandchild.
It is still unknown whether the newborn will be given a royal title at this time.
Royal Baby faces his first press event
The as yet un-named son and heir of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was presented to the Media today after an uncharacteristically long wait. The Duchess, glowing and visibly proud, said happily that she was ‘with the two best guys in the world’ as Prince Harry cradled the newborn, with a clearly besotted look on his face. Baby Sussex, well wrapped up was sleeping peacefully, oblivious of the world’s interest in him.
The tiny royal is seventh in line to the throne and the bookies have shortened the odds considerably on the names Spencer, Alexander and James as possible names for Baby Sussex.
Additional reporting by Reuters:
Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan showed off their newborn son on Wednesday (May 8), describing having a baby as “magic”.
Cradling his son, wrapped in a white blanket and wearing a hat, Harry and Meghan appeared before a small group of media at St George’s Hall in Windsor castle where they held their wedding reception just under a year ago.
“It’s magic – it’s pretty amazing and I have the two best guys in the world so I am really happy,” Meghan said when asked how she was finding being a new mother.
She said the boy, the seventh-in-line to the British throne who has not yet been publicly named, had the sweetest temperament and was sleeping well.
“He’s just been a dream so it’s been a special couple of days.”
The baby was born in the early hours of Monday morning, weighing 7 lb 3oz (3.26 kg), but few other details have been given about the birth.
“It’s great, parenting is amazing,” Harry said. “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, to be able to spend some precious time with him as he slowly starts to grow up.”
The couple said they were about to visit 93-year-old Elizabeth, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, at the castle to allow her to meet her eighth great-grandchild.
Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is staying with the couple at their home Frogmore Cottage, on the castle’s estate.
“It will a nice moment to introduce the baby to more family and my mum’s with us as well,” Meghan said.