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Harry and Meghan have a royal baby

Free Press wire, staff report | 5/10/2019, 6 a.m.
And his name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex whose fairytale ...
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle present their new son to the world on Wednesday during a brief photo session in St. George Hall at Windsor Castle, where their wedding reception was held last May. Master Archie was born at 5:26 a.m. Monday, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via Associated Press

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, or Master Archie as he will be known, has his first media moment Wednesday as he is held tightly in the arms of his dad, Prince Harry.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, or Master Archie as he will be known, has his first media moment Wednesday as he is held tightly in the arms of his dad, Prince Harry.

WINDSOR, England

It’s a boy!

And his name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex whose fairytale wedding last year garnered international headlines, gave birth to a 7 pound 3 ounce boy at 5:26 a.m. Monday.

The baby, who was presented to the world Wednesday, is seventh in line to the British throne and the eighth great-grandchild of 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

The baby, wrapped in a cream-colored blanket and wearing a knit cap, slept through his first interview as Prince Harry and Ms. Markle appeared with him 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. A smiling Prince Harry tightly cradled his son.

“It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing and I have the two best guys in the world so I am really happy,” said a beaming Ms. Markle, wearing a white sleeveless coat dress, when asked how she was finding being a new mother.

She said the baby was calm, had the sweetest temperament and was sleeping well. He will be known as Master Archie, in line with his father’s wish that he grow up as a private citizen.

As the first multiracial, half-American child born in the top echelons of the royal family, he has come to signify, for many, the monarchy’s progression into a more modern, inclusive era.

On his father’s side, his ancestry can be traced to the German ducal house of Saxe-Coburg, which Anglicized its name during World War I. Some of his ancestors on his mother’s side were born into slavery in the American South, migrating north and west to build new lives as free men and women.

He is also the son of a bona fide Hollywood celebrity, the 37-year-old California-born former actress who has drawn a large and protective American fan base into the press-fueled drama of the British royal family.

“This little thing is absolutely to die for,” the 34-year-old red-haired, bearded proud father said in announcing the birth Monday to waiting television cameras.

“I’m just over the moon.”

Prince Harry, the son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, said he was present for the birth.

“How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension.” he told reporters Monday in Windsor, west of London, where the couple live. “But we’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out there.

“It was amazing, absolutely incredible. As I say, I am so incredibly proud of my wife and, as every father and parent would ever say, your baby is absolutely amazing, this little thing is absolutely to die for.”

Ms. Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, was with the couple at their home, Frogmore Cottage, on the estate of Windsor Castle, where they married in a lavish ceremony in May 2018.

Following the brief baby press conference, the couple announced the baby’s name on an Instagram post, along with a photo of the newborn surrounded by his parents, grandmother, Mrs. Ragland, and great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip.