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Monday 14th October 2019

Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce birth of first child

A look back at how it all began for the royal couple

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have become parents, an official statement from the Palace has announced...

A message on their Instagram account revealed the couple have welcomed a baby boy.

The announcement read: "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. Their Royal Highnesses' son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.

"The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives.

"More details will be shared in the forthcoming days."

With the arrival of the new royal baby exciting the nation, it has been quite a journey for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle since they became an item three years ago.

We take a look back at the epic love story of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, from their first meeting, to tying the knot and entering the world of parenthood.

They've had quite a journey (Credit: SplashNews.com)

July 2016 - The couple first meet in London through mutual friends and they begin to go on dates, keeping their relationship under wraps.

October 2016 - News first breaks that Harry is dating Suits actress Meghan.

November 8 2016 - Kensington Palace release a statement on behalf of Harry, condemning the "abuse and harassment" of girlfriend Meghan in the media.

December 13 2016 - The couple are spotted buying a Christmas tree together in Battersea and it's believed they are planning to move in together.

March 4 2017 - They are spotted at the wedding of Harry's best friend Tom Inskip in Jamaica and rumours begin that Harry is soon to propose.

At Harry's friend's wedding, one of the first times they are seen together in public (Credit: Ashley Anguin / Splash News)

May 7 2017 - They are spotted kissing in public for the first time as they attend an event at Cowarth Polo Club in Berkshire.

May 20 2017 - Meghan gets to meet some of the other royals, as she attends Kate Middleton's sister Pippa's wedding reception with Harry.

September 5 2017 - Meghan speaks about their relationship for the first time. She tells US Vanity Fair: "We're two people who are really happy and in love."

September 25 2017 - The couple make their first official public appearance together at the Invictus Games.

November 27 2017 - Clarence House announces that Harry and Meghan are engaged.

Meghan flashes her huge sparkler (Credit: SplashNews.com)

December 1 2017 - They carry out their first joint royal engagement in Nottingham, and Meghan takes to it with ease.

December 20 2017 - Meghan joins Harry for the Queen's annual pre-Christmas lunch.

The couple leaving Buckingham Palace after Christmas lunch (Credit: Paul Marriott / SplashNews.com)

February 28 2018 - The couple take part in their first joint engagement with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a royal forum for Time's Up.

March 12 2018 - Meghan attends her first royal engagement with the Queen for a Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey.

Meghan arrives for her first engagement with the Queen (Credit: Flynet - SplashNews)

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May 17 2018 - Meghan confirms her father, Thomas Markle, will not attend their wedding as he needs to focus on his health.

May 19 2018 - Harry and Meghan marry at St George's chapel in Windsor Castle, surrounded by family and celebrity guests.

They kiss after their beautiful ceremony (Credit: SplashNews.com)

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August 16 2018 - The location of their honeymoon isn't confirmed but they then holiday with George and Amal Clooney in Lake Como, Italy.

October 15 2018 - The Duke and Duchess visit Australia for the start of their first royal tour. Kensington Palace then announces that Meghan and Harry are "very pleased" to be expecting their first child in Spring 2019.

Meghan reveals her baby bump (Credit: SplashNews.com)

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