How Kate and William reacted to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s news

Prince William and Kate Middleton have become an aunt and uncle for the first time after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed a baby boy this morning.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the happy news on Instagram this afternoon before Harry praised his "amazing" wife at a press conference.

Kate and William also used social media to send their congratulations to the couple and the newest member of the royal family.

They confirmed their joy at the birth of the royal baby by liking Meghan and Harry's post on Instagram.

They also retweeted the official Buckingham Palace statement which was shared by the official Royal Family account on Twitter .

The royal family gained another member when Meghan , 37, gave birth to a healthy 7lb 3oz boy in the early hours .

The social media approach reflected the royal couple's modern attitudes and values , experts say.

William and Kate have yet to release an official statement about the birth and instead use social media to respond to the happy news.

The initial Instagram post read: "We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.

"The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives."

Theresa May tweeted: "Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy.

"Wishing you all the best at this happy time."

While Charles Spencer, Harry's uncle, said: "Really very lovely news today – many, many, congratulations! (Good to have another Taurean in the family….)"

Meanwhile, Meghan's dad Thomas, 74, spoke of his delight in a more traditional statement.

It read: 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."

It is thought the relationship between Thomas and his daughter has been strained ever since it was revealed that he posed up for paparazzi photos of him preparing for the royal wedding in Windsor last year.

Days after the story broke it was was reported that he had suffered a heart attack and would not attend – meaning Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, was the only member of her family present at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The baby boy – who is yet to be named –  is Thomas' sixth grandchild.

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