The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to her first child.
The announcement was made on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recently launched Instagram account.
“We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019,” the statement reads.
Meghan Markle has spoken openly about her desire to become a mother on several occasions in the past, saying in a 2016 interview that having a family would be a “dream”.
Here are all the times the duchess has opened up about motherhood:
A family heirloom
While speaking to Hello! magazine in 2015, the duchess revealed that she plans on passing on a sentimental gift to her future daughter.
The Californian-born royal explained that when she discovered Suits had been renewed for a third season, the legal television drama she starred in from 2011 to 2018, she “totally splurged” on a £4,200 Cartier French Tank watch.
She had the piece engraved with the message “To M.M. From M.M.” to remind herself of the significance of the piece.
The duchess said that she planned to give it to her daughter one day.
Ticking off the bucket list
In 2015, Ms Markle was interviewed by Best Health magazine about her healthy living regime for the magazine’s May 2016 cover.
During the interview, the then-Suits actor also spoke about her plans for the future.
When asked what’s on her bucket list, the duchess answered: “I want to travel more and I can’t wait to start a family, but in due time.”
Leading a balanced life
In 2016, Ms Markle told Lifestyle magazine that her life is “more amazing” than she ever thought it could be.
“I dreamt of becoming a successful working actress, which I can now very thankfully tick off the list. And I also dream to have a family,” she said.
The duchess added that it’s “all about balance”, and that having a family would enable her to feel more “grounded”.
“Raising a family will be a wonderful part of that,” she explained.
Time for a bedtime story
While answering rapid fire questions for a 2016 interview, Ms Markle was asked what children’s book she couldn’t wait to share with her future children.
The duchess gave The Giving Tree as her answer, a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein.
First published in 1964, the book documents the relationship between a young boy and a tree.
Taking an interest in baby products
Two months prior to their wedding, the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle toured the Belfast campus of Northern Ireland’s next generation science park.
Prince Harry and Ms. Markle then visited the Belfast campus of Northern Ireland’s next generation science park, @CatalystIncHQ, to meet some of Northern Ireland’s brightest young entrepreneurs and innovators. pic.twitter.com/OUgBw4FUDE— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal)March 23, 2018
During their visit, the couple were introduced to a company called Schnuggle which makes hypoallergenic baby products.
“I’m sure at some point we’ll need the whole thing,” Ms Markle said, when perusing the company’s range of products.
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