Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome 7lbs 3oz baby boy

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed their royal baby – a little boy.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first child , who is the Queen and Prince Philip's eighth great-grandchild, is seventh in line to the throne.

The baby's name has not yet been announced, and if the couple follow in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge we could be waiting a few days to find out.

In a break from royal tradition, the couple will not pose for photos outside the hospital before taking their new arrival home.

Here's the Buckingham Palace statement in full: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs.

"The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz.

"The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth.

"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news.

"The Duchess's mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."

Speaking from Windsor, the Duke of Sussex said: "I'm very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy this morning, a very healthy baby boy."

The name of the baby will be announced at a later date.

Meghan is now expected to take maternity leave for several months, and Harry will also have some time off as paternity leave.

The new baby will grow up at the couple's new Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage , which has just undergone a huge renovation.

Meghan and Harry moved in earlier this month, later than planned due to delays in the building work.

The couple announced they were expecting on the eve of their Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand in October.

Rumours started flying after Princess Eugenie's wedding to Jack Brooksbank a few days before thanks to Meghan's loosely fitted navy coat.

During her pregnancy she told a well-wisher she was due in April, but as it traditional with royal babies the couple decided to keep the exact due date a secret.

The new mum was last seen at an official engagement last month when the couple went to sign the book of condolence to the 50 people killed in the horrific New Zealand mosque shootings.

Prince Harry has attended a number of official engagements this week, including an Anzac service with Kate and the London Marathon , which was kept secret in case the baby arrived.

Meghan and Harry's tied the knot at St George's Chapel in Windsor in May last year. 

In their engagement interview they said they were keen to start a family.

Prince Harry said: "Of course, one step at a time and hopefully we will start a family in the near future."

During her pregnancy Meghan kept well-wishers up-to-date with how she was feeling and the couple regularly told people they were very excited to become parents.

During a chat with people at Sydney's Bondi Beach she compared pregnancy to being jetlagged and said she was doing yoga every morning to help with the symptoms.

She said: "It's like having jet lag without actually travelling".

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