Little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor arrived into the world at just before 5:30am on Monday.
His delighted parents couldn't hide their beaming smiles as they proudly showed off their newborn son.
Mum Meghan Markle said: "It's magic, it's pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I'm really happy."
"He has the sweetest temperament, he's really calm.
"He's just been the dream so it's been a special couple of days."
And delighted dad Harry added: "It's great. Parenting is amazing.
"It's only been two-and-a-half days, three days, but we're just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy."
Adorable pictures of the youngest royal meeting those closest to him for the first time melted hearts around the world.
Little Archie, in a soft woollen hat and shawl, stayed soundly asleep as he was snapped with his great grandparents the Queen and Prince Philip.
His grandmother and Meghan's mum, Doria Ragland, looked besotted with her daughter's bundle of joy in the official snaps.
But one close relative has been notably absent from both the announcement of the birth and the official photoshoot – Meghan's dad, Thomas Markle.
Announcing the birth Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs.
"The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz. The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth.
"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news.
"The Duchess's mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.
"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."
There was no mention of Meghan's dad, with who she has had a strain relationship since her wedding to Prince Harry last May.
He was not there to walk his daughter down the aisle after suffering health problems and being accused of staging press photos.
The retired lighting director, currently livng in Mexico, has publicly congratulated his daughter and her husband on the birth of their first child but has so far not met his grandson.
Thomas said: "I'm delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well.
“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 honour.
“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.”
But what happened to drive the once extremely close father and daughter so far apart.
Earlier this year, Thomas released a bombshell letter written to him by his daughter.
Thomas Markle showed the Mail on Sunday the letter, which Meghan wrote shortly after her wedding last year.
In it she tells her father he has broken her heart "into a million pieces" and asks him to stop "exploiting" her relationship with Prince Harry.
She claims despite not changing her number, her father has not attempted to call her or message her.
The Duchess also slams Mr Markle for siding with her half-sister Samantha, who has attacked her in the press while she "silently" suffers "at the hand of her vicious lies".
The letter reveals just how much their relationship has broken down.
Thomas was once her biggest inspiration, her 'hardworking daddy ' and someone who always believed she would succeed – even when she didn't.
And for Thomas Markle, daughter Meghan was always his favourite child, who would always get whatever she asked for at Christmas, no matter how expensive.
Family photos of the now Duchess of Sussex with her father, cuddling closely, playing and joking around, show just how close the two once were.
But today the relationship between father and daughter couldn’t be more different – a toxic stew of outbursts, insults and public freeze-outs.
It would be sad and destructive in any family but with Meghan it was inevitable that their increasingly bitter rift would be played out in front of billions around the world.
And wherever Meghan goes, the tensions with her father – as well as other family members – are never far from the surface.
This week it emerged Meghan had written her father a letter after her wedding to Prince Harry to beg him to stop “victimising her”.
Friends concerned that the “emotional trauma” of dealing with her dad could have a negative effect on her baby, told People magazine that Thomas responded with a long letter of his own, in which he asked his daughter for a photo shoot.
So what went wrong to fracture a relationship that not so long ago was so close it was admired by all who knew them?
Only four years ago Meghan described her father with love and affection as she spoke of the sacrifices he made so she could chase her dream to be a performer.
Revealing their “special quote” as she paid tribute to him on Father’s Day, she said: “If I had all the water in the world, I’d give all the water to you…(You won’t get that quote, but he will…and that’s all that matters.)”
And she has also described how the unconditional love of her father and his determination for her to fulfil her dreams made all the difference as she grew up in Los Angeles.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton claims that Meghan was the favourite of his three children.
He claims he would always make sure she got her preferred present at Christmas.
And he described how half-sister Samantha “often told the story of the time before Christmas when Meghan was looking at a jewellery catalogue and picking out a ring, which Tom Senior promised as a gift."
Browsing the pages of the pricey catalogue, Meghan "teased her much older sister by saying that whatever her father bought [her half-sister Samantha], Meghan would receive the most expensive gift as she was the most favoured child".
Meghan herslef once said: “It’s safe to say I have always been a daddy’s girl – he taught me how to fish, to appreciate Busby Berkeley films, write thank-you notes, and spend my weekends in Little Tokyo eating chicken teriyaki with vegetable tempura.”
She recalled how one Christmas he created a Barbie family for her when they were only sold in sets of white dolls or black dolls.
Her new collection of dolls had “a black mom doll, a white dad doll, and a child in each colour. My dad had taken the sets apart and customised my family”.
And when Meghan was confronted with a tick-box form to fill in at school about her ethnicity and found she did not fit into just one category, she revealed: “My dad said words that will stay with me forever: ‘Draw your own box.'”
Meghan also revealed how as she grew up he taught her the importance of kindness and along with her mother, Doria Ragland, they would buy turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving.
They would deliver meals to patients in hospice care, donate spare change in their pocket to those asking for it, as well as offering a simple hug, smile or pat on the back to those who needed it.
And she has described a doting father who was determined for her to lead a life of happiness and kindness where she could fulfil her aspirations.
Meghan has said previously: “He is the person who believed in this grand dream of mine well before I could even see it as a possibility.”
And she once paid tribute to “the blood, sweat and tears this man (who came from so little in a small town of Pennsylvania, where Christmas stockings were filled with oranges, and dinners were potatoes and Spam) invested in my future so that I could grow up to have so much”.
When aged 12 she told him she wanted to be a photographer, he dug out his tools and got to work transforming her bathroom into a darkroom where she could develop her snaps.
He shaded the windows, as well as filling the cabinets with the chemicals she would need to produce the pictures.
And he also took her to tap and ballet classes every Saturday morning despite him working "75+ hours a week”.
He also regularly did the lighting for her high school musicals so that they felt as grand as a Broadway show.
When he won $750,000 (£560,000) on the lottery in 1990, Thomas used part of it to pay for Meghan's private school fees so she would have the best education.
Her birth date was among the numbers that helped him win big when she was aged nine.
Thomas, who now lives a quiet life in Mexico, worked a lightning director on shows such as hit sitcom Married…With Children and popular US drama General Hospital, for which he won two Emmys for his team’s work.
It was while accompanying her father that a young Meghan got a taste of what life was like to be an actress.
She said in 2013: “Every day after school for 10 years, I was on the set of Married…with Children, which is a really funny and perverse place for a little girl in a Catholic school uniform to grow up.”
She described being surrounded by famous actors, multi-million dollar budgets, and "crew lunches that always included filet mignon and enough sweets to make you think you were at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory".
As she went from audition to audition trying to make it as an actress, it was Thomas who put petrol in her car so she could get to them.
He also coached her how to handle herself on set, right up to her big break as Rachel Zane on the TV show, Suits.
She said: "He taught me to write thank you notes, to always arrive early, to drink Arnold Palmers, to find my light when I’m on camera…and beyond.
"And that, right there, is the point: my dad taught me to find my light. And he taught me to always make my own box.
Thomas has also spoken of their close bond, recently revealing letters and cards he received from his daughter over the years.
One letter read: “Daddy, Because you have always been so generous with me and taken the best care of me it brings me so much joy to be able to give you this Christmas. I love you to no end. Meg.”
A Valentine’s Day she sent him read: “Daddy … I don’t express as often as I should how much you mean to me.
"Everything you do for me has turned me into who I am and I am so grateful. All I want to do is make you proud … and I promise, no matter what, I’ll do it.
"Thank you for everything daddy. I love you with all of my heart now and forever. Love Bean”.
Bean was Meghan’s childhood nickname.
Thomas told the Daily Mail: “I loved getting cards from Meghan.
“She wrote me hundreds of little cards and notes through the years.
"Sometimes they were for special occasions, other times just little notes she would leave around the house.
"I’ve still got a Post-It Note on my fridge which says, ‘I love you Daddy’”.
Their close and loving relationship makes its breakdown since her wedding to Prince Harry in May last year even the more tragic and incomprehensible.
Up until just a few days before the Royal Wedding, Thomas was planning on attending.
He was due to meet the Queen and other members of the royal family, including his future son-in-law Prince Harry for the first time, before the wedding on Saturday.
But then it emerged he was paid money from a photographer to stage pictures of him trying on suits and researching the royals before the wedding.
Meghan, still eager on having her father attend, was still reportedly prepared to forgive the scandal.
But then he suffered a heart attack and had to undergo surgery ahead of the wedding, and decided not to go.
And things just kept going went downhill from there.
On the Friday before the wedding Thomas appeared on Good Morning Britain to explain why he was not attending.
Then, talking to TMZ he said he had watched his daughter’s wedding from his hospital bed.
He said: “My baby girl is a duchess and I love her so much.
"When you watch your child getting married, every thought goes through your mind, every memory from the first day she was born, the first time I held her.”
In another Good Morning Britain interview he claimed he made Prince Harry promise never to hit his daughter as a condition of securing his blessing for their marriage
But confirmed that he still hadn’t met his son-in-law.
And in an interview with The Sun , he said he hadn’t spoken to Meghan since a brief phone call after the wedding.
He claimed he was worried he might die soon without patching things up with her.
He said: "I had a heart attack, doesn't anybody care? I could actually die soon.
"Does she want this to be the last thing we've said to each other? It is probably the longest time I have gone without speaking to her ever.
"I just want to clear the air and tell her how proud I am of her."
Thomas later also criticised the Royal Family, saying his daughter looked terrified in her new role.
He claimed: "I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face and I see it in her smile. I've seen her smile for years.
"I know her smile. I don't like the one I'm seeing now. This one isn't even a stage smile — this is a pained smile."
Meghan and Harry were reportedly blindsided by the interviews Thomas continued to give to media and his daughter allegedly begged him to stop talking to the press.
But instead his comments turned increasingly nasty and he turned his attacks on Meghan herself.
Speaking to the Daily Mail for nearly nine hours over three days in July he described his daughter as “cold” and even suggested “it would be easier for Meghan if I died”.
He said: "What riles me is Meghan's sense of superiority.
"She'd be nothing without me. I made her the Duchess she is today. Everything that Meghan is, I made her.
“I was… making good money, and could afford to give her the best, with a good school, good education, good home.
“She became the woman that she is today thanks to everything I did for her.
"And did I get any recognition for it? Any thanks? She doesn't even speak to me now. How cold is that?
"I tell you, I've just about reached my limit on Meghan and the royal family. I’m about to unload on them.
"They want me to be silent, they want me to just go away. But I won't be silenced. I refuse to stay quiet."
In another interview with the Daily Mail, he claimed he hung up on Prince Harry after a heated phone all before the royal wedding.
Thomas claimed the prince, who had warned him to stay away from the press, told him “if you had listened to me this would never have happened.”
Rounding again on the Royal Family in August, he claimed they are like “the Stepford Wives”, a 1975 horror film where women have been replaced with robots to be subservient to their husbands.
He told The Sun: "They are either like Scientologists or the Stepford family. If they hear anybody say anything they just lock the doors. They need to speak up!”
With his attacks increasingly vitriolic, many have given up hope on repairing their relationship.
Friends of the duchess have tried to appeal to his obvious love for his daughter.
They said: "It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma."
The chances of Thomas keeping quiet, however, look as remote as the father and daughter kissing and making up.
“I have been frozen out and I can't stay silent,” he said recently.
“I have made dozens of attempts to reach my daughter via text and letters, but she and Harry have put up a wall of silence.”
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