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"Thrilled" Prince Harry says he's in awe of women who give birth

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Proud feminist and new dad Prince Harry expresses his admiration for women in labour, amid signals that the royal baby was born at home

Anyone who’s supported their partner through labour will be left in bewildered awe at their efforts – and Prince Harry is no exception.

Meghan Markle gave birth to a baby boy weighing 7lbs 3oz in the early hours of this morning.

Appearing on a TV broadcast from Windsor Castle a few hours after his son’s arrival, self-professed feminist Harry said, “I’m so incredibly proud of my wife”. 

“How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out there,” he added. “It’s been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody.”

The new dad looked happy and relaxed, despite admitting to camera crews that “I’ve had about two hours’ sleep”.

He was clearly smitten with the family’s newborn addition, saying: “‘As every father and parent will ever say, you know, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to-die-for, so I’m just over the moon.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, pictured in March

Buckingham Palace has revealed that Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, is currently with her daughter at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor – indicating that the baby may have arrived by home birth.

Harry described being with his wife during labour as an “amazing” experience.

“I haven’t been at many births. This is definitely my first birth,” he joked. “It was amazing, absolutely incredible.”

The baby’s sex was a surprise to the couple, and they are “still thinking about names”, said Harry.

“The baby is a little bit overdue, so we’ve had a little bit of time to think about it,” he added.

’That’s the next bit, but for us I think we will be seeing you guys in probably two days’ time as planned as a family to be able to share it with you guys and so everyone can see the baby.”

The Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have all been informed of Sussex junior’s arrival and are “delighted” by the news, says Buckingham Palace. 

Political leaders including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have also congratulated the new family of three.

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Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for stylist.co.uk. Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.

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