The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are celebrating their new lives as parents.

During the earlier morning hours of May 6, Meghan Markle went into labor with her husband of one year, Prince Harry, by her side.

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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In a statement, the palace confirmed:

The Duchess went into labour in the early hours of this morning. The Duke of Sussex was by Her Royal Highnesses’ side. An announcement will be made soon.

Roughly an hour after it was revealed that Markle was in labor, the palace made a second announcement revealing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are officially parents.

It was also announced that Markle had given birth to a son.

His name, however, has not been revealed:

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.

The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple [thanks] 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.

Also by Meghan’s side was her mother, Doria Ragland. Ragland was also the only member of duchess’ family to attend her wedding last year.

The couple has made the decision to not take public photographs immediately after the birth of their son.

As People reports, Meghan and Harry plan to take photographs with their son at Windsor Castle in the days following his birth.

Those photographs will be made public soon thereafter.

Congratulations to the proud new parents.

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