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Royal baby: Duchess of Sussex goes into labour

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Duchess of Sussex
Royal baby: Duchess of Sussex goes into labour

The Duchess of Sussex has gone into labour, Buckingham Palace has said.

The infant will be seventh in line to the throne, behind the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and his children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - and the Duke of Sussex.

Prince Harry and Meghan announced the pregnancy publicly on 15 October 2018 - the first day of their royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The new arrival will be the Queen's eighth great-grandchild. The baby's sex will be a surprise for the couple, who have chosen not to find out what they were having.

The Duchess was last seen on an official engagement on 19 March when she signed a book of condolences in London with Harry for the victims of the Christchurch terror attack.

The former actress and the duke moved into their renovated home Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate at the beginning of April, as they prepared for their baby's arrival.


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Harry and Meghan, a timeline

8 November 2016 - Kensington Palace releases a statement that confirms Prince Harry has been dating Meghan Markle "for a few months" and asks the press to respect their privacy

28 November 2017 - Harry and Meghan announce they are engaged to be married

15 December 2017 - Kensington Palace confirms the couple have chosen to wed in Windsor on 19 May the following year

19 May 2018 - Harry and Meghan are married in front of 600 guests at St George's Chapel and become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

15 October 2018 - Kensington Palace announces the duchess is pregnant, and is due to give birth in Spring 2019

Source: BBC