Jack Quann
Jack Quann

07.40 7 May 2019


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Speculation is growing over what Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will name their newborn son.

Congratulations have been sent from across the world to the couple who became parents to a boy on Monday.

The former actress gave birth to the boy - weighing seven pounds three ounces - early on Monday morning.

Prince Harry has confirmed the child was a little overdue, and they plan to announce his name in the coming days.

He also said Meghan and the new arrival are both doing well.

There is also some speculation over whether the newest member of the British royal family - who is seventh in line to the throne - will have a royal title of His Royal Highness.

Technically, the baby will be a prince but not until Prince Charles becomes king.

All Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren have a right to the title - but this could be dropped at his parent's request.

This baby is the queen's eighth great-grandchild.

Reaction has also been coming in from Meghan Markle's Los Angeles neighbourhood where she grew up.

Local news crews set up across the road from the family home.

A city used to a hierarchy of its own sort of royalty is now feasting on being part of the real thing.

Prince Harry A notice placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Image: Yui Mok/AP/Press Association Images

In such a diverse city as Los Angeles, there is some surprise that the birth of a biracial baby into the royal family has become noteworthy.

But comedian Angie Stocker, a mum of two in her own biracial family, said the conversation can only be helpful.

She said: "Being biracial is out there. It's not crazy, we're not a different species, we're all people.

"I feel like it's important to talk about it and when it becomes a talking point I think that's good because that means something is going to change."

As Americans digested the news of the new arrival in the UK, the question also arose over whether the royal baby could grow up to one day run for president of the United States.

As the child of a US citizen and therefore born a citizen himself, it would appear to be a possibility, subject to all kinds of legal manoeuvring on both sides of the pond.

No-one can run for president until they are 35 though, so the Sussexes have a few years before they have to worry about the political implications.

Additional reporting: IRN


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