The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, went into labour in the early hours of this morning, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Prince Harry was by his wife’s side, the palace said. The world now awaits the arrival of Meghan and Harry’s first child, which will be seventh in line to the throne.
Details of the new royal baby’s due date have been kept a closely guarded secret. However, the new Royal Baby was expected to arrive in late April or early May after Meghan went on maternity leave on March 18.
Her last function was on Commonwealth Day, but courtiers say she has been working ‘behind the scenes’ and keeping private appointments.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: ‘The Duchess went into labour in the early hours of this morning. ‘The Duke of Sussex was by Her Royal Highnesses’ side.
An announcement will be made soon.’ When it is born, the child will be the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild and Prince Charles’s fourth grandchild.
Sources have said the couple will remain tight-lipped, giving loyal fans a tantalizing wait for the first glimpse of the new royal baby.
The next we are likely to hear from the Palace is when Meghan gives birth.
The family will then celebrate privately and introduce the new Baby Sussex to the rest of the Royal Family.
A few days later Meghan and Harry are likely to show off their baby to the world.