Prince Harry speaks after the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy (Reuters)
Prince Harry has been praised for his “adorable” statement announcing the birth of his first child today in which he paid tribute to his “amazing” wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.
Royal fans around the world commended his statement on Monday, in which he described his healthy baby boy as “absolutely to die for” before saying he was “so incredibly proud of my wife”.
A thrilled Prince Harry, speaking on camera at Windsor Castle’s Royal Mews, revealed the Duchess of Sussex had given birth at 5.26am to a baby boy weighing 7lb 3oz.
Speaking about the birth, Harry said: “Mother and baby are doing incredibly well. It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.
“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.”
Harry, who was at his wife’s side during the birth and was clearly moved by the experience, added: “It was amazing, absolutely incredible and, as I said, I’m so incredibly proud of my wife,
“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.”
The prince melted hearts around the world with his statement, with scores of royal fans praising him on social media for his touching words about his wife and baby.
One person wrote: “How gorgeous is Prince Harry with his awe at his wife and all women. So beautiful when men are in awe of women, it’s an incredibly attractive quality/state of being.”
Another said: “You gorgeous human Harry. Your mum would be so proud of you. Congratulations to you and your beautiful wife and welcome to the world little man.”
“Prince Harry talking about the birth of his son is the most adorable thing ever. He’s got so much charm just like his mum. Princess Diana is rejoicing in heaven,” one said.
“Prince Harry just gave the speech all new mothers want to hear! So lovely to see his sheer delight and excitement on this momentous day for him,” another wrote.
Thrilled Prince Harry after the birth of his son
The palace confirmed the birth of the baby boy in a statement: “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs. The baby weighs 7lb 3oz.
“The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth.”
The Queen and Philip, grandfather the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are all said to be delighted with the news.
The palace statement also mentioned the siblings of Harry’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in a car crash when he was 12.
“Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news,” the statement said.
Meghan’s mother is with the new family of three at Frogmore Cottage.
“The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage,” the palace said.
The Duke and Duchess’s Instagram account @SussexRoyal also announced the birth saying: “It’s a boy! Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to announce the birth of their child.”