The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed a baby boy

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed a baby boy

Less than an hour after Buckingham Palace announced that Meghan Markle was in labour, the couple have welcomed a baby boy.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that the The Duchess of Sussex went into labour earlier today. The couple, who wed last May, announced the pregnancy back in October of 2018, on the first day of their royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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

"We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz," a representative confirmed on the couple's Instagram page, Sussex Royal.

"The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days."