Were palace aides 'caught by surprise' by the arrival of the royal baby?

The royal baby is here!

On May 6, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a 7 lb. 3 oz. baby boy. Prince Harry, in a short interview, said the couple is “over the moon.”

Maybe not so ecstatic with how everything went down? Royal publicists.

An announcement that Meghan, 37, had gone into labor in the early hours of Monday morning was followed by another — just one hour later — that she had safely delivered a son at 5:26 a.m.

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Britain's Prince Harry speaks at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Monday May 6, 2019, after his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy. It is the first child for Harry and Meghan, who married a year ago. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry speaks at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Monday May 6, 2019, after his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy. It is the first child for Harry and Meghan, who married a year ago. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry arrives to speak to the media, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Monday May 6, 2019, after his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy. It is the first child for Harry and Meghan, who married a year ago. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry speaks to the media at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Monday May 6, 2019, after his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy. It is the first child for Harry and Meghan, who married a year ago. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP)
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A royal commentator suggested that palace aides were possibly kept out of the loop on labor details, explaining the timing.

Speaking to the BBC, Katie Nicholl said, “I don’t know how much this has caught the palace press office by surprise as well, it’s happened very quickly. ... It gives you some indication of how private this birth has been kept.”

The BBC‘s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell added, “It is another measure of how determined [Harry and Meghan] are to just keep everybody at bay.” He continued, “I think it’s a reflection particularly of Harry’s suspicion, verging at times, still slightly hostile attitude to elements of the traditional British media.”

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Royal super fan Anne Daley poses with baby-themed balloons as she waits near Windsor Castle, west of London on May 6, 2019, for news of the imminent birth of the child of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A Royal baby-themed babygrow is pictured in the window of a souvenir shop near Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 6, 2019, as Royal fans wait for news of the imminent birth of the child of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Royal super fans John Loughery (L) and Anne Daley stand near Windsor Castle, west of London on May 6, 2019, with baby-themed items as they wait for news of the imminent birth of the child of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Royal super fans John Loughery (L) and Anne Daley pose with Union flags and baby-themed balloons as they wait near Windsor Castle, west of London on on May 6, 2019, for news of the imminent birth of the child of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Royal super fans John Loughery (L) and Anne Daley pose with Union flags and baby-themed balloons as they wait near Windsor Castle, west of London on on May 6, 2019, for news of the imminent birth of the child of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Royal fan Terry Hutt celebrates his 84th birthday outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire as the country waits for the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first child. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Royal super fan Anne Daley poses with baby-themed balloons as she waits near Windsor Castle, west of London on on May 6, 2019, for news of the imminent birth of the child of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A Royal Baby outfit is pictured on display in a shop window as excitement builds in the town waiting for the birth of the child of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, on May 3, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Royal baby items in the Glorious Britain shop window near Windsor Castle in Berkshire as the country waits for the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first child.
Royal super fans John Loughery (C) pops the cork on a bottle of champagne, as they stand near Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 6, 2019, following the announcement that Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a son. - Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, gave birth on Monday to a "very healthy" boy, Prince Harry announced. "We're delighted to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning -- a very healthy boy," a beaming Prince Harry said. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Royal super fans John Loughery (C) pops the cork on a bottle of champagne, as they stand near Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 6, 2019, following the announcement that Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a son. - Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, gave birth on Monday to a "very healthy" boy, Prince Harry announced. "We're delighted to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning -- a very healthy boy," a beaming Prince Harry said. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors walk outide the Long Walk entrance to Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 6, 2019, after the announcement that Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a son. - Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a son early on Monday with her husband Prince Harry by her side, Buckingham Palace announced. "The Duchess went into labour in the early hours of this morning," it said in a statement. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Windsor Castle (R) is reflected in the window of a souvenir shop selling Royal-themed items in Windsor, west of London on May 6, 2019, as Royal fans wait for news of the imminent birth of the child of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Royal super fan John Loughery wears a Harry and Meghan-themed item as he waits near Windsor Castle, west of London on on May 6, 2019, for news of the imminent birth of the child of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Royal super fan John Loughery poses as he sits in Windsor waiting for news of the imminent birth of the child of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex on May 3, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Well wishers gather outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, south England, Monday May 6, 2019, after Prince Harry announced that his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a boy. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
People gather outside Buckingham Palace in London, Monday May 6, 2019, after Prince Harry announced his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had given birth to a baby boy. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
Royal fans celebrate outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire after Buckingham Palace announced the news of the birth of a baby boy born to Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Monday May 6, 2019. It is the first child for Harry and Meghan, who married a year ago. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
Television crews at work outside Windsor Castle following the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Royal fans celebrate outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire after Buckingham Palace has announced the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Television crews at work outside Windsor Castle following the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Royal fans outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire after Buckingham Palace has announced the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Royal fans Terry Hutt and Margaret Tyler celebrate Terry's 84th birthday outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire as the country waits for the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first child. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
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When Yahoo contacted Buckingham Palace after the announcement Meghan was in labour, it seemed they were unaware that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son had already been born.

In the lead-up to the birth of their first child, Harry and Meghan announced that details around the birth would be kept private. The first photographs of the newborn are expected within the coming days.

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