The world has been given its first ever glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son today as his beaming parents finally showed off their ‘own little bundle of joy’ to millions of royal fans across the globe.
Baby Sussex made his very first public appearance at a photocall alongside a thrilled Prince Harry and Meghan in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the new family have been holed up since the historic birth on Monday.
The baby boy was lovingly cradled by his adoring father and watched attentively by Meghan, who was herself pictured for the first time in over a month since withdrawing from public life ahead of the birth.
The couple appeared to be beside themselves with joy, giggling and looking into each other’s eyes as they spoke, while Harry could not resist sneaking a peek down at his son as he apparently slept.
Speaking from inside the majestic St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, a radiant Meghan declared: ‘It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. He’s just been the dream so it’s been a special couple of days.
‘I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy. He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm.’
As they both laughed, Harry said: ‘I don’t know who he gets that from.’
Asked who the baby takes after, Meghan said: ‘We’re still trying to figure that out.’
Harry said: ‘Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks we’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month really. But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows.’
Asked how he found parenting, Harry added: ‘It’s great. Parenting is amazing. It’s only been two and a half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.’
Harry said they were looking forward to spending some ‘precious times with him as he slowly, slowly starts to grow up.’
Asked about going to see the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Meghan said: ‘We just bumped into the duke as we were walking by which was so nice. So it’ll be a nice moment to introduce the baby to more family and my mum’s with us as well.’
Later, asked to show more of their son’s face to the cameras, Meghan laughed as Harry joked: ‘He’s already got a little bit of facial hair as well, wonderful.’
Meghan added: ‘Thank you everybody for all the well wishes and kindness, it just means so much.’
The baby, whose name has not yet been announced, is seventh in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s eighth great-grandchild and the Prince of Wales’s fourth grandchild.
In what was seen as a break from recent royal procedure, the photocall took place two days after the birth near Frogmore Cottage, where Meghan has been recovering since Monday alongside her mother Doria Ragland.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor arrived at 5.26am on Monday, weighing 7lb 3oz, and is thought to have been born at the Portland Hospital in London, a plush US-owned hospital favoured by many wealthy American expats.
Meghan – who had been more than a week overdue – is believed to have gone into labor late on Sunday.