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Royal baby born at private maternity hospital

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Archie was born at the Portland Hospital in Westminster.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to have their baby at the private hospital favoured by celebrities wanting a money-no-object birthing experience, their son’s birth certificate has revealed.

The document also showed Meghan may have been born a commoner but was now a “Princess of the United Kingdom” as far as her occupation was concerned.

Archie’s birth certificate, seen by the Press Association, confirmed the place of birth as the Portland Hospital and dismissed speculation that Meghan had a home birth in the sanctuary of Frogmore Cottage – the Sussexes’ home on the Windsor Estate.

The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Meghan gave her name as “Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex” and unusually the postcode of the couple’s home was printed on the document, something not normally a feature of birth certificates.

The couple’s new baby was born in a maternity unit renowned for its quality of service, akin to a five-star hotel where parents can spend tens of thousands to ensure a safe and happy arrival for their baby.

Portland Hospital for Women and Children in Westminster
Portland Hospital for Women and Children in Westminster (Clive Gee/PA)

Archie, who is the seventh in line to the throne and an eighth great-grandchild for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, arrived at 5.26am on May 6, weighing 7lb 3oz.

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His father signed the original birth register but in the certificate copy his name Harry is printed to signify his signature, elsewhere his full title is given – “His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex”.

Archie has already spent time with Meghan's mother Doria Ragland and both the Queen the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle
Archie has already spent time with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and both the Queen the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle (Chris Allerton/SussexRoyal/PA)

When Harry announced to the world his wife had given birth to a boy he could not hide his happiness at becoming a father for the first time, to a baby he said was “absolutely to-die-for”.

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The duke was at his wife’s side during the birth and he later confessed he had only had a few hours’ sleep, suggesting Meghan had spent much of the night in labour.

Duke of Sussex
A delighted Harry announces the new arrival (Steve Parsons/PA)

Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, became engaged following a whirlwind 16-month romance after going on a blind date in London.

The protective parents want to ensure their son grows up away from the limelight.

Harry, who knows only too well the pressure that comes with being a Windsor and once admitted he “wanted out” of the royal family, is set on allowing his son to have as normal a life as possible.

Harry and Meghan want to ensure their son grows up away from the limelight
Harry and Meghan want to ensure their son grows up away from the limelight (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The royal baby, who was not given a courtesy title, met his uncle and aunt, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for the first time on Tuesday, having already spent time with his royal great grandparents, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

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