Prince Harry and his wife Meghan showed off their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor today, and the Duchess of Sussex described having a baby as “magic” two days after the royal birth.
With Harry cradling his son, wrapped in a white blanket and wearing a white knit cap, the family appeared before a small group of media at St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in the English county of Berkshire, where the new parents held their wedding reception just under a year ago.
“It’s magic — it’s pretty amazing, and I have the two best guys in the world, so I am really happy,” Meghan said when asked what it’s like to be a new mother.
Watch Harry and Meghan introduce their infant son to the public:
The baby’s name was announced a few hours after his first public appearance.
Meghan said Archie, the seventh in line to the throne, has the sweetest temperament and was sleeping well.
“He’s just been a dream, so it’s been a special couple of days.”
The couple visited 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth, the world’s longest current reigning monarch, at the castle to allow her to meet her eighth great-grandchild, who is seventh in line to the throne.
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, is staying with the couple at their home Frogmore Cottage, on the castle’s estate.
“It will a nice moment to introduce the baby to more family, and my mom’s with us as well,” Meghan said.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were introduced to the newborn son of The Duke & Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle. Ms Doria Ragland was also present. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex are delighted to announce that they have named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. <a href=”https://t.co/PaHVhPlUl5″>pic.twitter.com/PaHVhPlUl5</a>
Archie was born early Monday morning, weighing seven pounds, three ounces.
“It’s great, parenting is amazing,” Harry said. “It’s only been 2½ days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy, to be able to spend some precious time with him as he slowly starts to grow up.”
New dad ‘over the moon’
After Archie’s arrival, Harry told reporters he was “over the moon” about his new son, noting “mother and baby are doing incredibly well.”
“It’s been the most amazing experience I can ever possibly imagine,” a visibly overjoyed Harry said. “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we’re both absolutely thrilled.”
See Prince Harry’s joyous announcement after the birth of his first child:
He thanked people for the “love and support” and said they were still thinking of names, which had been the source of much speculation.
Royal watchers knew not to expect an immediate public appearance of the baby, as the expectant parents had previously signalled that they intended to spend the first few days together as a family in private.
Former Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien was at Windsor Castle for an event this week and took the time to congratulate the long-serving monarch on the addition to the royal family.
The new baby is Queen Elizabeth’s eighth great-grandchild.
Watch Jean Chrétien and Queen Elizabeth chat about great-grandchildren:
Prince William and Kate spoke to reporters Tuesday, saying they didn’t yet know the baby’s name and were eager to meet him in the days ahead.
“I’m very pleased, and glad to welcome my brother to the sleep-deprivation society that is parenting.”
This story originally appeared on CBC