07 MAY 2019: Journalists, tourists and well-wishers had camped out for days in Windsor, about 35 kilometres (22 miles) west of London, awaiting news of the arrival of the baby of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. On Monday the royal family announced the birth of a baby boy, who is seventh in line for the British throne.

The anticipation of the birth of Queen Elizabeth II’s eighth great-grandchild is credited for the increase of tourism to the capital city of the UK. Trip Advisor announced that London was the top travel destination in the world for 2019, after ranking second place last year.

Vogue reports that a Trip Advisor stated that, “London may continue to reap the rewards of the Harry and Meghan effect into 2020.”

A beaming Prince Harry spoke on Monday before TV cameras, saying he’s “incredibly proud” of his wife after she gave birth (to their first child) early Monday morning. The baby weighs 7 pounds, 3 ounces (3.3 kg), and palace officials say he was born at 5:26 a.m. Monday.

The infant, now the seventh in line to the British throne, has not yet been named.

Kensington Palace has said the new parents don’t plan to pose for a photograph or appear in public with their baby for several days so they can celebrate privately.

The child will be eligible for dual British-US citizenship if Meghan and Harry want to go through the application process.

Harry and Meghan married at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle a year ago this month. In April, they moved from a house on the London grounds of Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage, which is near Windsor Castle, where they held their gala, VIP-studded wedding reception.

Royals typically take some time to announce the names of their offspring, and it is not yet known if the baby will be given a royal title.

A decree issued by King George V in 1917 limits the number of grand royal titles in a way that would make Harry and Meghan's son known as a “Lord” rather than as a prince. He wouldn't become “his royal highness” under the current rules.

The queen has the authority, however, to intervene as she did when William and his wife Kate started having children. The queen decreed that all of their children would be princes and princesses.

She could do the same for Harry and Meghan's offspring, but the queen's feelings on that subject haven't been made public.


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