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Wed 17th July, 2019
 

Prince Harry and Meghan welcome a baby boy, The Earl of Dumbarton

In the early hours of this morning, The Duchess of Sussex went into labour, and gave birth to a baby boy – Prince Harry and Meghan’s first child.

While there was no official confirmation on where the baby was born, we think Baby Sussex arrived during a home birth at Frogmore Cottage. The baby weighed 7lb 30z, with Prince Harry there to witness it.

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, speaking at Windsor Castle after his wife Meghan gave birth to a baby boy weighing 7lbs 3oz. Picture by i-Images / Pool

Both the Duchess and Baby Sussex are doing well after the birth.

The baby is seventh in line to the British throne, following her father Prince Harry.

All members of the family have been informed and are ‘delighted’ for The Duke and Duchess. The Duke of Sussex gave a brief address to a few members of the press earlier this afternoon, saying he was ‘over the moon’ at the arrival and couldn’t comprehend what women did during birth. He also mentioned what we had all suspected – that the baby had been overdue.

Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed a baby boy. Picture by Andrew Parsons / i-Images

Off-camera, he revealed he only had a couple of hours sleep thanks to the arrival. It is suspected Meghan had a hospital birth, returning home soon after.

The baby is The Queen’s eighth great-grandchild, a fourth grandchild for Prince Charles and the first grandchild for Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother. Doria is currently at Frogmore with her daughter and grandson.

Baby Sussex is the second nephew of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Cambridges became aunt and uncle in October when The Duchess’s sister Pippa Matthews gave birth to a baby boy.

Once the parents have chosen a name for their bundle of joy, the baby will be styled The Earl of Dumbarton, or ____, Lord Dumbarton. He takes on Prince Harry’s secondary title of the Earl of Dumbarton as the eldest son of a (royal) Duke.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now parents. Picture by Andrew Parsons / i-Images

The style of HRH and title of Prince/Princess is currently reserved for the children and grandchildren of the Monarch, and the second-in-line’s children. The Queen would have to issue Letters Patent to change this, which she has not done. It’s an indicator that this baby will not be as close to the throne and probably not perform royal duties, much like Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

We expect official photos of the Harry, Meghan and the newborn in a couple of days’ time from the grounds of Windsor Castle and a name shortly after. Here are our suggestions on what the Duke and Duchess might choose.

A traditional easel has been placed outside of Buckingham Palace this evening, with hundreds of members of the public already queuing to see it. Unusually, no medical staff have signed the document, as was seen with the Cambridge children.

From everyone at The Crown Chronicles, we would like to wish The Duke and Duchess of Sussex any congratulations on the birth of their first child.


Dual Citizenship

Baby Sussex automatically has dual citizenship for the United Kingdom and the United States of America due to the fact The Duchess of Sussex is still an American citizen. The baby is believed to be the first royal baby with dual UK-US citizenship.

US immigration law does not require the child of a US citizen and a non-citizen to be born in the US for the child to acquire US citizenship. The offspring of an American can acquire US citizenship as long as their parent lives in America for a minimum five-year period prior to the birth of the child overseas, at least two of which were after the age of 14.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have to report the baby’s birth to the American embassy and the child will be eligible to pay US taxes.

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