Baby Sussex is on the way! Meghan is in the early stages of labour as the world waits for news of the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild

The Duchess of Sussex has gone into labour with her first child today as both the royal family and the rest of the world eagerly anticipate news on the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild.

Meghan went into labour in the early hours of this morning – having been more than a week overdue – and her husband Prince Harry is currently by her side, Buckingham Palace announced.

The baby’s sex will be a surprise for the duke and duchess, who have chosen not to find out what they are having until after the birth. 

Following what has been dubbed the ‘Sussex Standby’, the baby prince or princess will be seventh in line to the throne, after their father Harry and his niece and nephews Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Meghan’s doting mother Doria Ragland had flown to Britain to be at her daughter’s side for the birth of the baby at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, having cancelled her yoga classes in Los Angeles and hired a dog sitter.

Her 62-year-old mother is said to have landed in Britain last month well before Meghan was due to give birth. Sources close to the family have said that Ms Ragland wanted to be by her side for the event.

Prince Harry was forced to cancel part of a planned trip to the Netherlands this week amid rumours that Meghan’s first baby was due last weekend.