The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have proudly showed off their baby son to the world for the first time today as his beaming parents finally revealed their ‘own little bundle of joy’ to millions of royal fans across the globe.
Baby Sussex made his very first public appearance at a photocall alongside a thrilled Prince Harry and Meghan in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the new family have been holed up since the historic birth on Monday.
However, following the official press call earlier today, the couple once again strayed from royal tradition and opted to employ their own photographer, ex-soldier Chris Allerton, to capture three special shots, which the couple then posted on their ‘SussexRoyal’ account.
During the official press call, the couple answered several questions before leaving the hall as they prepared to introduce the infant to the Queen this afternoon, where they are expected to inform the monarch of her great-grandson’s name before telling the rest of the world.
After the press call, they then took to Instagram to post charming photographs of the three of them with a caption which read: ‘Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family.
‘They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago.’
The post has already been liked over 1.1million times and has over 21,000 comments.
The two-day-old infant was lovingly cradled by his adoring father and watched attentively by Meghan, who was herself pictured for the first time in six weeks since withdrawing from public life ahead of the birth.
The couple appeared to be beside themselves with joy, giggling and looking into each other’s eyes as they spoke, while Harry could not resist sneaking a peek down at his son as he apparently slept. Prince Harry and Meghan show off new royal baby boy for first time
Speaking for only three minutes from inside the majestic St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, a radiant Meghan declared: ‘It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. He’s just been the dream so it’s been a special couple of days.
‘I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy. He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm.’
The Instagram photos were taken separately to an official media call earlier this afternoon and were taken by Allerton, who had previously photographed the couple.
Pictures that were released to the media earlier today through the Press Association had been taken by Dominic Lipinski.
The first Instagram picture was a full length colour snap of the couple, which shows them walking out of the doors, Harry carrying the newborn and Meghan gently placing her hand on the back of his arm.
The second, is a black and white picture, with the couple looking adoringly at the newest member of the royal family.
Last but not least, in homage to their wedding photos, Harry and Meghan struck a similar pose, the two of them walking down the hall, with their backs facing the camera, with Meghan looking up at Harry
However, this is not the first time the couple has strayed from tradition. For the birth of the child they opted not to use the traditional royal favourite of the Lindo Wing, which has been used for centuries by members of the family, including Kate Middleton and Diana Princess of Wales.
Who is photographer Chris Allerton?
Photographer and former soldier Chris Allerton took the three one of a kind royal shots earlier today, but who is the favoured photographer?
Allerton is said to have developed his first roll of film at just eight years old and according to his website ‘has been hooked on photography since’.
Allerton left the British Army in 2001 and went on to Lichfield Studios in Notting Hill.
Here he learnt the skills needed to master professional photography. He now travels all over the world and has clients such as Harpers Bazaar, Tatler and broadsheet newspapers.
After taking photos at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May last year, Allerton posted his thanks to the couple.
He said: ‘It was a great honour to be asked to photograph The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding day in May. I am delighted that Their Highnesses chose this photograph for their Christmas card’.
Allerton had previous studied at the University of Reading, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Prior to that he attended the prestigious Stowe School in Buckinghamshire.
In 1992 he started his Army career and served there until 2001.
He was commissioned into The Life Guards, Household Cavalry, before serving in Bosnia in 1994 and Singapore and Argentina in 1995.
His last posting was in 1998 at the Adjutant New College at The Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. He resigned commission in 2000.
In 2001 he started work as a photographic director for Photographic Records. He worked there for over two years.
This meant that the first photos of the new royal baby had not been captured on the iconic steps and instead, were taken in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The couple are also said to have broken tradition as Harry was pictured holding the baby, rather than Meghan.
The couple did however announce when Meghan had gone into labour and the birth of the child. Even at this point though they also released an Instagram post to their loyal followers, detailing that the gender of a baby was a boy.
It had also previously been reported that the couple would also shun the tradition of hiring a Norland Nanny to look after the newest member of the royal family.
Norland Nanny’s have been employed by the royals for years, however, Harry and Meghan are said to have consulted with a a specialist recruitment agency in order to find the perfect nanny, with some suggesting that Meghan would want an American nanny in order to stay close to her US roots.
In March the couple splashed out £50,000 to soundproof their home in the grounds of Windsor Castle, with sources also stated that the Duchess also wanted to use the Chinese art of feng shui to arrange furniture in the home as it ‘created good vibes’.