anticipated tour of australia and the pacific region. what followed was months of the media obsessing about meghan and her burgeoning bump. and that obsession was catching. throughout her pregnancy, meghan kept a full diary of her engagements, usually carried out in sky high stilettos. she faced criticism in the press forjetting off to new york for a costly baby shower with friends. her maternity began, but the palace stressed that the duchess would still be holding meetings in private. this was how ha rd meetings in private. this was how hard was introduced to the world 35 yea rs hard was introduced to the world 35 years ago. . . hard was introduced to the world 35 years ago... burn only private wing of st mary's hospital. as well as ——
born on the private wing of the st mary's hospital. the public will have to wait for the first pictures of the child who is seventh in line to the throne. meghan‘s birth in los angeles did not make global headlines, but her baby's will. i do know that her difficult relationship with her brother thomas, the baby's grandfather, will be subject to scrutiny does up her mother, who remains close to her daughter, despite living in california, is expected to spend more of her time in the uk. this is where baby sussex will call home. frogmore cottage has gone under a refit. tucked up the way —— tucked away in the windsor estate it will allow them to live out of public view. let's speak to former buckingham palace press
officer. to give more than we do?” know that as much as you do. that she has got into labour. they are playing at very close to the chest. they have made it very clear earlier in the year that this would be a private event and when they're ready to show baby sussex to the world, and to the media, they will do so, but they will do so in their own time and not earlier. but now she is a band that can take quite a while. it can take 12 hours, it can take three hours. —— now she is in labour. we just have to wait. just remind us what a difference it will be that we have to wait for the integral posting, or whatever it is, compared to traditional royal births? on instagram, we will get it on twitter. since he was born and
his brother william was born, we have gone into social media and everything seems to be done that way. it is the quickest way of getting things out. it will be fairly anyone to see. when they're ready, they were issue pictures. there is not going to be in mass media photographic session. it is going to be very tight, very controlled and they want a bit of time to bond with the baby and have special time before announcing what sex the and photographs of the baby as well —— announcing the sex of the baby and photographs of the baby as well. it is a huge national moment. and when that is delicate for somebody in that role to manage. and when that is delicate for somebody in that role to managem is delicate. we have royal birth in the past at st mary's hospital and
the past at st mary's hospital and the exit of mum and dad has been very public. princess anna started the wing back in 1977 with the birth of... the queen's for children were born at clarence house, print channels and the rest of them at buckingham palace. —— prince charles and the rest of them at buckingham palace to stop humbert is nothing new. so we should not be troubled by that. —— home birth is nothing new. this is not a public event. it is a private event and they wanted to be private. maybe sussex is going to be seventh in the line to the throne. —— baby sussex. the media attention, not just —— baby sussex. the media attention, notjust in the uk, but global media attention, wanting to know, wanting to see the baby and i know what sex the baby is. it is a global event
and any royal but there is a global event, it does not matter how bad and the line it has. we do have a big global audience at the moment on bbc news. just your thoughts on how a royal household deals with the fa ct a royal household deals with the fact that any new royal baby is of great interest, but this is a royal baby... notjust great interest, but this is a royal baby... not just talking great interest, but this is a royal baby... notjust talking about british royalty, but hollywood royalty. there is also some different manners of media spotlight on the child. there are. everybody wa nts to on the child. there are. everybody wants to see everybody wants to see the baby. harry and meghan are playing a very close to their chest. they want to get in their time when they are ready. they do not feel there is a need to expose a baby to eve ryo ne there is a need to expose a baby to everyone else —— the baby to eve ryo ne everyone else —— the baby to everyone else —— the baby to everyone else until they‘ re everyone else —— the baby to everyone else until they're ready.
the queen will see anybody once at the baby born, as will meghan‘s mum. the we'll see it. and we willjust have to wait to see it. it has been quite a whirlwind. it has just been under a year since that glittering wedding ceremony at windsor. we have been hearing in the last few minutes about some of the more poignant moments in their pasts, theirfamily difficulties in the past. as you has had to witness some of the typically —— some of the difficulties in harry's past, how much will this mean to him? his arrival at fatherhood? after his wedding this is probably the most important moment in his life. he has always said he wanted a family. he wanted to achieve something he has never had as a child. he wants to give his child, our children, hopefully there
will be more, something that he did not get a lot of. mother from both pa rents. not get a lot of. mother from both parents. both parents were terrific pa rents, parents. both parents were terrific parents, the sadness of it all is that they did not live under the same breath. —— both parents were terrific parents. he has sounded very rounded. and he is going to be a terrific brother. we have seen him with other people's children here in the uk. -- with other people's children here in the uk. —— he is going to be a terrific father. he will be a smashing dad. there is no doubt about that. after his wedding, meeting the woman of his life and marrying her. this is something he has looked forward to. this is probably the most important moment in his life. we are very grateful to you for coming on and sharing your thoughts this momentous afternoon by meghan and harry. prince harry is speaking. a very healthy boy. mother and baby are doing credible about.
it has been the most amazing experience i could ever imagine how does what they is beyond convention. —— motherand does what they is beyond convention. —— mother and baby are does what they is beyond convention. —— motherand baby are doing incredibly well. we are grateful for all the love and support from everyone at there. we just wanted to share this with everybody. are you still thinking about names? we have had a little bit of time to think about. that is an expert. but first, i think we will be seeing you guysin first, i think we will be seeing you guys in about two days' time as planned. as a family to be able to share it with you guys so everyone can see the baby. every bit as amazing, but for your own child, ? can see the baby. every bit as amazing, but foryour own child,? —— every bet is amazing.” amazing, but foryour own child,? —— every bet is amazing. i have not been at many births, this is definitely my first breath. i'm
incredibly proud of my way. —— this is definitely my first birth. this little thing is absolutely to die for, so i'm just over the moon. thank you very much, guys. speaking in windsor, prince harry there. it isa in windsor, prince harry there. it is a boy. we were just hearing what a smashing dad he was going to be an and then out came at the smashing dad looking smashing and said that meghan delivered a healthy boy, his very proud of his wife. they think thinking about names, the baby was a bit overdue. they expect to be talking to the world's media interactive time as a family. a lovely moment for hadi, meghan and the royal family edge for hadi, meghan and the royal family.
—— a lovely moment for harry, meghan and the royal family. —— a lovely moment for harry, meghan and the royalfamily. let's —— a lovely moment for harry, meghan and the royal family. let's to evoke and the royal family. let's to evoke a response camilla. over the minder, and asa as a mother and a journalist, which has been through. it is obviously a momentous occasion in anyone's like. yes, there was a bit of a wait. the media have been waiting for some yea rs media have been waiting for some years because as it comes to have a baby, we are not told the exact due date, we just have to guess at cannes. i know credits have been gathering even though they wanted it to be private. clearly, giving a
statement there, harry is saying that we will see the baby in a couple of days' time. quite a stage—managed environment with the press association cameraman taking the coveted picture. all of the newspapers will want to run with it. a very different kind of birth and announcement of the birth, then we will used to with the cambridges. when prince george was born as a future king, there was very much a need for us to see the baby and be pa rt need for us to see the baby and be part of that. but because of this baby sussex is 79 to the stone, less ofan baby sussex is 79 to the stone, less of an onus on them to make an immediate present to the world —— seventh in line to the throne. just less than an hour after buckingham palace announced that
meghan was in labour, we had the announcement of the bat from the proud dad. —— and announcement of the birth from the proud dad. he has a lwa ys the birth from the proud dad. he has always been a very good with children. he connects with them bravely. and he is so genuine. his love of dealing with younger people. it came about two o'clock this afternoon and said that she had gone into labour in the early hours of this morning. early hours could have been that she went into labour at money in. it has all happened quite rapidly. again, he is taking control
of the media situation his health. —— himself. he wants to have some control of the media present there and now everyone has come fitted to run with. broadcasters from all over the world are covering it from different time zones. that seems to be the only thing we will hear from it today and now we've had this anxious wait... oh, wejust lost camilla, and afraid. thank you so much if you can still hear us. just a reminder of our braking is that harry and meghan had had a healthy baby boy. seven lbs. three oz., mother and baby are doing well. it has gone smoothly. it has all gone very smoothly. harry is so chuffed.
that he has a son. he was with her all the way through, as modern dads are. ido all the way through, as modern dads are. i do not think i have ever seen anybody looking so happy and, as a dad myself, a long time ago when my daughter was born. i know exactly what he was going to. and it has now come to fruition. he has a son. seven lbs. three oz.. baby —ish. —— a big baby —ish. he is very carefully stage managing to his agenda, rather than anyone else's. he wants meghan had time to recuperate from the back because it isa recuperate from the back because it is a traumatic experience before she faces the cameras. that has the right way to do it. we saw the duchess of cambridge, the late diana princess of wales, coming out of the
wing at saint mary's. just a few hours after the birth and that is a lot to ask of a women to go out and they are doing it their way and when ican ‘s they are doing it their way and when i can ‘s ready, she will face the media, albeit, albeit, a small pool. interestingly we had prince harry confirming that the baby was a bit overdue. that they were still thinking about names. and carefully managing expectations about when that family will be first on show to the world's media. they were they were struggling under public going through the list of names deciding. it is very difficult when you had to make people dislike two people from completely different cultures. meghan, from the united
states and a showbiz background. harry very much from a royal crown. there are traditional royal names and traditional american names. —— from a royal background. they're going to be discussing what baby sussexis going to be discussing what baby sussex is going to be called. i would be surprised at as it is a bit of british and a american attached there. they're going to be able to choose pretty smartly. —— pretty swiftly. thank you forjoining us. we had at the baking news. a baby boy, early this morning. a healthy boy. mother and baby are doing incredibly well. it has been the most amazing experience i could ever possibly imagine. how any women 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. it's been amazing. we just wanted to share this with everybody. what about names? are you still thinking about names? are you still thinking about names? the baby is a little bit overdue, so we have had a little bit time to think it. yeah. that is an expert. i think crosby will be seeing you guys in probably two days' time as planned —— i think for us we days' time as planned —— i think for us we will be seeing you guys in public two days' time as planned. for the birth of your own child, every better special... this is definitely my first bite. it was incredible. i definitely my first bite. it was incredible. lam definitely my first bite. it was incredible. i am so incredibly proud of my wife. —— my first birth. your babyis of my wife. —— my first birth. your baby is absent amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to die
for. i little thing is absolutely to die for. lam little thing is absolutely to die for. i am just over the men. little thing is absolutely to die for. lam just over the men. thank you very much, guys. —— i for. lam just over the men. thank you very much, guys. —— lam for. lam just over the men. thank you very much, guys. —— i am just over the moon. i corresponding to that when are corresponding as at westminster for us. the media had gathered, american networks have been in windsor waiting for news of the birth. it got a little quiet here over the past couple of days, but since we heard festival that meghan had gone into labour in the last hour or had gone into labour in the last hourorso, had gone into labour in the last hour or so, the crowd started to gather, the american network but like there is a hoteljust down from where we are, an american network broadcast from the balcony there. crowds began to gather at the news and we now know, not too far away me, frogmore is where prince harry
gave that statement, looking absolutely delighted. he was beaming, wasn't he? at the news that he is now a father of a boy. the couple art frogmore cottage, but what we do not know is whether making good but at the cottage. —— whether making gave birth at the cottage. this is where the couple are now living. we do not know whether she ended up going into hospital or whether she had the baby at frogmore cottage. the couple have also used the instagram account, which is where they have put a more details about the news. and they have said they are pleased to announce that their bile harnesses, the duke and duchess of sussex welcomed their first—born child in the early hours of this morning. —— there royal
highnesses. this is what the instagram account says. also the sun is wearing 7 lb three ounces. —— their son is weighing 7 lb three a nswe i’s. their son is weighing 7 lb three answers. prince harry thanking the public for their love and support. a lot of people here waiting for the arrival of the baby. he has thanked the public. no name yet, but we should have a few more details and get a first glimpse of that baby in the next couple of days. thank you very much stop the news has been liked by thousands of people so far. i am sure that those comments are coming
from britain and from around the world. let's talk about the global impact of the story with anne. whether you happen to be boilers, republican, this is a global news event? yes, it is a global news event. it feels a slightly different way of handing in your baby, which is always exciting. it is always great for cheering people up a bit. we have seen from the duchess of sussex herself, that she wants to handle the role rather differently and also that that fact that she has and also that that fact that she has an american background. it can be a i°y an american background. it can be a joy and quite a challenge for the existing way of handling this event. and everything that comes after, her longer term role in the royal family. this baby will of course be a us citizen as well. yes, and the couple
have made clear all along that they see this as very much a kind of mixed cultural event, that he is american, she comes —— that she is american, she comes —— that she is american, he comes from a royal background. if you're looking over the long term about how this plays out is how this family is going to represent perhaps something that is a bit more globalised in a time when globalisation is often a bit under attack. but at the same time we want to reach out beyond our borders. you have seen a lot of that kind of messaging and the work that meghan markle has been doing and the duchess of sussex at any panel shortly before the birth. she can to put her flag up for shortly before the birth. she can to put herflag up for girls shortly before the birth. she can to put her flag up for girls education
around the world, particularly in africa. we will see it as an international event, notjust a, here is the next in line to the throne. it is notjust a question of how people sit in a national and international terms, it is a kind of role model for this nation and people elsewhere about how to do parenthood. they are a different kind of couple with a different kind of language about mother, father rose. yes, that is a good point. expectation that the picture will be taken straight expectation that the picture will be ta ken straight afterwards... expectation that the picture will be taken straight afterwards... we have been saying this stage manage, but ina been saying this stage manage, but in a rather pleasant way, harry culling the correspondence as you guys. —— harry calling the correspondence you guys. i think he means you guys any non—gender specific way. i think that will be a
factor. i'm sure. as it goes along, i think there will be a push and pull to get images and words are from this modern young couple. i think the communicated very fluently. think the communicated very flu e ntly. i think the communicated very fluently. i think it is great and he communicated it very well. the more relaxed, the more expectations on you to keep communicating in that way. when you have an off day, you sound a bit more guarded or tetchy, then you tend to get more criticism. i think there up for that. i think they want to do less role very differently. and they're figuring it out in their own way. thank you so much. we do not expect them to have an off day for a while and this is very much an undead. it has. and we now have a holiday baby —— this is
very much an on day. the whole family are very proud. the baby was born at 0520 6am this morning. the baby was born at nearly 530. —— 0520 6am. we believe that she was some days of her due date and, as we know, any moves to induce a birth had to take place in hospital. the fact that she went into labour in the early hours suggests that she was still at home. presumably, but we do not know. it all worked out as a she, or that they very much wanted with a home birth, attended by their choice of
medical attendance, not the normal gynaecologists who attended kate's births. they have done it their way and has answered, it is very much a global story because of their greater global reach really, certainly greater than william and kate at the moment. which is not to dyla n kate at the moment. which is not to dylan —— which is not to diminish the degree of interest in them. the fa ct the degree of interest in them. the fact that she is american and british and all the other reason that we know, adequately to the degree of curiosity about them, their son and the circumstances of their son and the circumstances of the bed. just a shot at the bt tower with its nearby message on the terran london. it is a huge national moment. people are interested. it is nowhere near as significant as the
birth of george was as a future king. this child will be seventh in line for the throne and cannot style himself as his royal highness, an exception to the rules would have to be made for that to be the case. what is undeniably the case is that a lot of people are interested. not everybody, we know that. and it is good news! some people will be watching sing, for goodness's sake, there will be —— some people will be watching and saying, for goodness' sake mother be errors of this coverage? probably will be. —— hours of this coverage. harry is a very popular younger member of the royal family. people this afternoon talking, oh, the baby is coming. does he mention it is a bank holiday, so why not? nick, stay with
us. holiday, so why not? nick, stay with us. it has, as we have been saying over the past hour, a tumultuous day for this particular couple. and it much as date for those who have been waiting expectantly much as date for those who have been waiting expecta ntly for much as date for those who have been waiting expectantly for this royal baby, baby sussex, who we now know isa baby, baby sussex, who we now know is a baby boy. we have had from the proud father that he says he does not know how women do that and he is so, in his words, incredibly proud of his wife and has been through the amazing experience. he was ecstatic in confirming that the baby was a bit of and that they will appear as afamily in bit of and that they will appear as a family in front of the world's media ina a family in front of the world's media in a couple of days from now. and expectation is that there may be any by then. and, in tune with the modern way —— it now has 5283 legs.
a lotta people are celebrating today that the duke and duchess of sussex a point. this is a bbc news a special programme. it has a boy to stop the duchess of sussex has given birth. the duchess of sussex went into labour in the early hours of this morning and buckingham palace said the duke of sussex was by her royal highnesses' side. mother and baby are doing well to stop it is the most amazing experience i could ever have possibly imagined. how any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. but we are both absolutely thrilled. the baby will be seventh in line to