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The months of waiting is over and Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby is here!

Emma Reynolds and Bronte Coy, May 7, 2019 9:15AM news.com.au

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Windsor Town Crier Tony Appleton announces the royal baby’s birth outside Windsor Castle, Windsor, UK. Picture: David Dyson media_cameraWindsor Town Crier Tony Appleton announces the royal baby’s birth outside Windsor Castle, Windsor, UK. Picture: David Dyson

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially parents to a baby boy.

The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to her first child early on Monday morning UK time, after months of speculation* about her exact due date.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs (2.26pm Monday AEST*),” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz (3.26kg).

“The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth.”

Royal fans hold an "it's a boy" gold sign outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019 following the announcement of the birth of a son to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Picture: AFP media_cameraRoyal fans hold an "it’s a boy" gold sign outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019 following the announcement of the birth of a son to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Picture: AFP

The first the public knew about the birth was an announcement Meghan had gone into labour about 2pm UK time on Monday. But the baby had actually already arrived, with the official announcement shortly after confirming the new latest royal arrived at 5.26am UK time.

Palace officials carry the easel into the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London, on which the official notice of the birth of the baby was placed. Picture: AP media_cameraPalace officials carry the easel into the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London, on which the official notice of the birth of the baby was placed. Picture: AP

There has been no detail yet on where the baby was born.

There are conflicting* reports about whether Meghan got her wish to have the baby at home, with the Daily Mail reporting she was secretly whisked to a London private hospital on Sunday night.

It’s reported she was taken to the Portland Hospital where Prince Harry’s cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were born.

A traditional easel bearing the royal birth notice was placed outside Buckingham Palace.

The “overjoyed” couple confirmed the arrival of the new seventh in line to the throne in a statement posted on Instagram, thanking the public for sharing in an “exceptionally joyful” time in their lives.

“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,” the post read. “More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.”

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, speaks to the media at Windsor Castle following the birth of his son. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraPrince Harry, Duke of Sussex, speaks to the media at Windsor Castle following the birth of his son. Picture: Getty Images

A beaming Prince Harry addressed the media outside Windsor Castle, saying: “I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy earlier this morning, a very healthy boy. Mother and baby are doing incredibly well, it’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension*.

“But we’re both absolutely thrilled.”

GLOSSARY

  • speculation: guessing
  • AEST: Australian Eastern Standard Time, the time in Qld, Vic, NSW and Tas
  • conflicting: different
  • comprehension: understanding

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QUICK QUIZ

  1. What weight is the baby?
  2. Who are the parents?
  3. Where was the easel to hold the announcement placed?
  4. Do we know where the baby was born?
  5. Where was Prince Harry when he first spoke to journalists?

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
1. Oh, the excitement!
What an exciting day for Prince Harry and Meghan! The new parents’ emotions must be like a rollercoaster ride. Imagine how they were feeling BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the birth. In a table with these headings, list the emotions the new parents could have been feeling and why. For example: BEFORE — excited — to finally meet the baby after months of waiting.

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Personal and Social Capability

2. Extension
Write a transcript of a radio interview with Prince Harry after the birth of his first child. Think of at least 5 interesting questions that you could ask him. Use information from the article to help you write Prince Harry’s imaginary answers. (You may need to make some assumptions depending on the questions you ask.) Your transcript will need to include a welcome to your audience and an introduction of Prince Harry, explaining who he is and what has happened.

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, The Arts — Drama, Media Arts

VCOP ACTIVITY
After reading the article, with a partner, highlight all the openers you can find in blue. Discuss if they are powerful and varied openers or not. Why do you think the journalist has used a mix of simple and power openers? Would you change any, and why?

HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you excited about the new royal baby? Why do you think people are so excited?
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