Royal baby: Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland 'overjoyed' at the birth of her first grandchild
It's a boy! Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed their firstborn child, weighing a healthy 7lbs. 3oz., in the early hours of Monday, May 6th, at Frogmore Cottage.
According to a statement released by the royal family, the Duchess and the baby are both healthy and doing well, and that the couple "thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives."
The statement also indicated that Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, was by her daughter's side during the birth. "The Duchess's mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage," a paragraph read.
Her presence further cements rumors that she will have a very hands-on approach when it comes to her grandchild. Various reports have indicated that Harry and Meghan had both been making secret trips to Los Angeles to meet her as recently as last month, with others suggesting that Ragland will move into Frogmore to help the couple with their child.
"She is getting ready to move to London. I think she will be going as soon as possible. I know that she was eager to live closer to her daughter," a source had told Cosmopolitan last August. "She also fell in love with England and told me when she got back that it’s somewhere she believes she too could happily live."
Along with Ragland, several others were also made privy to news of the birth of the new royal almost immediately. Unsurprisingly, this included the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
But there were also some names that those not well-versed with the royal family would find hard to place. These were Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, who happen to be the two older sisters of Princess Diana, and Earl Spencer, the younger brother of Princess Diana and thus maternal uncle to both Prince William and Prince Harry.