Fans await news of Harry and Meghan's baby
WINDSOR - Reuters
A day after the birth of their baby boy to a global fanfare, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan on May 7 were considering names for the newest member of the British royal family and when to show him off to the world.
Meghan gave birth in the early hours of May 6 to the boy, the seventh-in-line to the British throne, leaving his father, Queen Elizabeth's grandson, and royal fans across the world thrilled and enthralled.
Few details about the birth have been released by Buckingham Palace with the announcement itself a mix of traditional and modernity which many say the baby himself represents, being the first mixed race child to be born into a senior position in British royalty in recent history.
The news was relayed on a ceremonial easel outside the palace having already been splashed "It's a Boy!" on the couple's Instagram account, attracting more than 2.6 million "likes."
It was not clear whether the birth took place at the couple's home, Frogmore Cottage on the estate of Windsor Castle where they married in a lavish ceremony in May last year, or if Meghan had been rushed to a London hospital as a number of British newspapers reported.
Harry and Meghan decided to eschew the recent royal tradition of posing for photographs with their new baby hours after the birth, leaving the world's media and royal fans waiting for a first glimpse of the boy who is entitled to both British and American citizenship.
Bookmakers have James, Alexander, Albert, Philip, and Arthur as the favorite names, although other suggestions include Spencer, which was the surname of Harry's late mother Princess Diana.
The baby, the eighth great-grandchild of 93-year-old Elizabeth, the world's longest-reigning monarch, will not automatically be a prince or a princess or be known as "His Royal Highness" unless the queen issues a decree.
"It's been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine," Harry said. "How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension."