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Thomas Markle Congratulates Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry on Royal Baby’s Birth

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s first royal baby arrived on Monday, May 6 — but what did Thomas Markle have to say about the birth of his grandchild?

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“I’m delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well,” he said in a statement, according to The Mirror. “I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honor. God bless the child and I wish him health and happiness, and my congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, and God save the Queen.”

The Duke, 34, and Duchess of Sussex, 37, announced in October 2018 that they had a little one on the way, five months after the royal pair wed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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“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,” Kensington Palace said in a statement. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

The former Suits actress’ father, 74, had no idea that she was expecting, a source told Us Weekly exclusively at the time. “Meghan did not tell Thomas Markle about the pregnancy,” the insider said. “He found out the same time as the rest of the world.”

Meghan’s estranged father, who staged paparazzi photos before her wedding and has compared the British royal family to “Scientologists,” opened up about this to the Mail on Sunday less than a week after the pregnancy reveal.

“I was sitting in line waiting to cross the border [between the U.S. and Mexico] when I heard the baby announcement on the radio,” Thomas said. “I thought, ‘My baby is having a baby.’ It was a very proud moment. I was filled with love, joy and happiness for both my beautiful daughter and my son-in-law. A new baby is a blessing and I look forward to seeing a little Meghan or a little Harry.”

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He added: “Meghan loves children and she and Harry have been talking about wanting a family from the start. I’m delighted for them both. She’s always been wonderful with children and most of her friends have families so she’s used to being around kids. She will make a fantastic mother.”

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