6 MAY 2019
On 6th May 2019 at 5.26am - Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex (b.1981), the wife of Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex (b.1984) - youngest son of Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948) gave birth to their first child (a son) at The Portland Hospital, London.
A Sky News interview with Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex
where he announced the birth of his son
The official announcement from Buckingham Palace
about the birth of The Duke & Duchess of Sussex's son
Unusually Buckingham Palace announced that only limited information would be given about the birth, eg: there would be no photo-call within hours of the birth for the world’s press outside a hospital and the birth would be announced on the Duke & Duchess’ new Instagram page.
No details of where the Duchess gave birth (or the names of the attending medical staff) were originally released, but the wording of the official announcement fuelled speculation that she had opted for a home birth at the couple’s newly renovated residence - Frogmore Cottage, Frogmore, Berkshire on the Windsor Castle estate. Baby Archie’s birth certificate subsequently confirmed that he was born at the same hospital where the daughters of Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (b.1960) - Princess Beatrice (b.1988) and Princess Eugenie (b.1990) were born.
The Portland Hospital, London
Buckingham Palace announced on 8th May 2019 that the child would be named ‘Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’, and at the request of his parents, he would not have any title whatsoever to have as normal a life as possible. Unlike the children of Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge (b.1981) - Archie was not born a Prince of the United Kingdom or styled Royal Highness. Under the terms of the 1917 Letters Patent, baby Archie is not entitled to Royal rank, however upon his grandfather succeeding to the Throne he will become a grandchild of the Sovereign, and therefore will be entitled to Royal rank..
ABOVE: The Duke & Duchess of Sussex present their son Archie
to the world in St George's Hall in Windsor Castle
LEFT: The official birth registration of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
Under the terns of The Queen’s declaration in 1960 where she stated “... while I and My Children shall continue to be styled and known as the House and Family of Windsor, My descendants other than descendants enjoying the style, title or attribute of Royal Highness and the titular dignity of Prince or Princess and female descendants who marry and their descendants shall bear the name of Mountbatten-Windsor" - the new addition to the Royal Family does indeed bear the surname of Mountbatten-Windsor.
Baby Archie is the first member of the British Royal Family who is bi-racial and to have both British and American citizenship. He was born 7th in line of succession to the Throne and is the eighth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952- ) and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (b.1921).