PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle broke with tradition to pay tribute to his late mother, Diana, in announcing the birth of their first royal baby together.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son was delivered at 05:26 BST on Monday, May 6th, with Prince Harry saying the baby was "absolutely to die for".
The couple broke from Royal protocol in announcing the birth, with an official statement from the palace reading:
"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."
The statement was notable for including several members of Princess Diana’s family, with all of Prince William and Harry’s aunts and uncles named.
This differed from the previous announcement made by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who worded their statement:
"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news."
While there was no mention of Meghan’s dad Thomas Markle in the statement, the couple have been in touch to share the happy news.
The statement nevertheless stands as a heart-warming tribute to the late Princess of Wales and her family.
Prince Harry was just 12 when his mother died in Paris, France and has previously spoken openly about coping with the loss.
"Every day, depending on what I'm doing, I wonder what it would be like if she was here, and what she would say, and how she would be making everybody else laugh,” he once said.
“Who knows what the situation would be, what the world would be like, if she were still around."