Royal baby: Meghan Markle has gone into labor

Baby Sussex is nearly here! 

Buckingham Palace announced this morning that the Duchess of Sussex has gone into labor, multiple outlets report, and that her husband, Prince Harry, is by her side.

"The Duchess went into labour in the early hours of this morning. The Duke of Sussex was by Her Royal Highnesses’ side," the statement said. "An announcement will be made soon."

The palace did not reveal where Meghan Markle is in labor, though several reports claimed that she had been planning on a home birth at Windsor Castle. The Daily Mail notes that the baby's imminent arrival is coming nearly a week after its original due date.

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May 2012

"I've longed for kids since I was very, very young. I'm waiting to find the right person and someone who's willing to take on the job," he said to Katie Couric in an interview. 

October 2015 

"No matter how old I am I will always have the kid inside me," he said while in New Zealand. "I’m obsessed with children. I don’t know if they like me but you know they are great fun and you can never really say no to them.”

March 2016

"We will do everything we can to make sure that she's never forgotten and carry on all the special gifts, as such, that she had and that she portrayed while she was alive," he said to Robin Roberts during an interview for the Invictus Games. "I hope that a lot of my mother's talents are shown in a lot of the work that I do." 

He continued: 

"I hope she's looking down with tears in her eyes being incredibly proud of what we've established. I'm sure she's longing for me to have kids so she can be a grandmother again. I hope, once again, that everything we do privately and officially that it makes her proud." 

March 2016

“I can’t wait for the day [to have children]. It will be fantastic. I adore kids. I enjoy everything they bring to the party," he said to Robin Roberts. 

June 2017

"I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too,” he commented in an interview

October 2018 

 "Thank you for the incredibly warm welcome and the chance to meet so many Aussies from all walks of life...we also genuinely couldn't think of a better place to announce the...upcoming baby, whether it be a boy or a girl," he said after the couple's pregnancy news broke on their royal tour of the Pacific. 

October 2018 

"From myself and my wife and our little bump, we are so grateful to be here. We bring blessings from my grandmother the queen and our family," he also said in a speech during their visit to New Zealand. 

January 2019 

“As someone who is about to become a father, I am acutely aware of our shared responsibility to make this world more resilient and its inhabitants more accountable for the next generation,” Harry said in a speech at Lancaster House in London. 

February 2019

"What? You're pregnant?" Prince Harry joked to Meghan while in Morocco. "Is it mine?" he continued.  

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After months of speculation, Meghan and Harry finally revealed they were expecting their first child back in October 2018, as the two kicked off their tour of the Pacific. 

"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019," the palace tweeted on October 15th. While the couple never publicly announced the gender or the baby's due date, the two gave multiple hints along the way. 

On a royal walkabout in Birkhead, England, the new mom told a royal wellwisher her due date was around late April or early May.

Baby Sussex is the eighth great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, and the fourth grandchild for Prince Charles. The baby counts Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis as cousins! 

Related: Throwback to Meghan and Harry's royal wedding

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex hold hands in the Ascot Landau Carriage as their carriage procession rides along the Long Walk, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Ms. Meghan Markle walks down the aisle at the start of her wedding to Prince Harry in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the steps of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle following their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex leave St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Princess Charlotte sticks out her tongue as she rides in a car to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on Castle Hill outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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US actress Meghan Markle, accompanied by Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales walks down the aisle toward her husband-to-be Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony.

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Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, are driven along the Long Walk as they arrive for her wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Princess Charlotte on the steps of St George's Chapel after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony.

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Meghan Markle is driven to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle along with her page boys Brian and John Mulroney at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, stand together at the altar in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony.

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Prince Harry, arrives with his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive back at Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau Carriage after their wedding ceremony and after their procession in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

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Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall leave the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle.

(Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) 

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