This morning, Buckingham Palace announced the birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child, a boy, with an announcement to press and on social media. The news blast included basic information about the baby’s birth time (5:26 a.m. local time), weight (seven pounds, three ounces), and the fact that Harry was present for the birth.
It also included brief congratulations from members of the family including Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who’s staying at Frogmore Cottage with the new parents, and other royals like the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince William, and Kate Middleton.
However, additional names were included in the set—Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and Earl Spencer—which don’t belong to the royals we see every day. Who were these surprising individuals in the group of “delighted” family members?
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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs this morning. The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz. The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news. The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage. Her Royal Highness and the baby are both doing well.
They’re Princess Diana‘s siblings. Royal wedding watchers might recall that Lady Jane Fellowes did a reading at Meghan and Harry’s nuptials in honor of the groom’s late mother last year. Lady Sarah McCorquodale, the eldest of the siblings, reportedly introduced Diana to Prince Charles (even though she dated him before she did), according to The Guardian.
And Earl Spencer, also known as Charles Spencer, famously gave a powerful eulogy at Diana’s funeral in 1997. In addition to his joint statement with the royal family, he also tweeted in response to the baby’s birth. “Really very lovely news today – many, many, congratulations! (Good to have another Taurean in the family….),” he wrote.
Really very lovely news today – many, many, congratulations! (Good to have another Taurean in the family….)
— Charles Spencer (@cspencer1508) May 6, 2019
Meghan and Harry are known for including tributes to the late Princess Diana in their big milestones, such as their engagement, when Harry included two diamonds from his mother’s collection in his wife’s engagement ring, and their wedding, when Meghan wore a veil similar to Diana’s and donned her cocktail ring for the reception.
Back when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their plans to marry, Harry said his mother would’ve been “over the moon, jumping up and down, so excited for me, but then would’ve also probably been best friends with Meghan.” We can only imagine how she would’ve felt about the arrival of his and Meghan’s first baby.
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