The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have included a touching tribute to the late Princess Diana in their announcement confirming they have welcomed a baby boy today.
A statement released by the Palace revealed that, in line with royal protocol, the Queen was among the first to be informed of the news.
However – along with the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Diana’s siblings Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer were also notified of the news.
This differs from the birth of Prince Louis in April 2018, when Prince William and Kate informed The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, along with ‘members of both families’.
The Palace also confirmed that Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland was staying with the couple at Frogmore Cottage, however there was no mention of whether her father Thomas Markle had been informed of the news.
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 the baby are both doing well.’
Harry was particularly close to his mother Diana, who tragically died on the 31 August 1997.
In interviews last year to mark the 20th anniversary of his mother’s death, Prince Harry admitted how bottling up his emotions made a devastating impact on his mental health.
He had, he confessed, been ‘very close’ to a complete mental breakdown on numerous occasions.
The turmoil over his emotions saw him endure two years of what he described as ‘total chaos’ before seeking professional counselling on the advice of Prince William.
He disclosed that he had only begun to address this grief when, at the age of 28, he had felt himself to be ‘on the verge of punching someone’ while also facing anxiety when carrying out official engagements.