William's close friend: 'Great and happy news'

Prince William celebrates Oliver Hicks (red hat) becoming the youngest person to row an ocean solo in 2005 Credit: Paul Armiger/PA

Prince William's close friend, British oarsman Oliver Hicks, has welcomed the "great and happy news" of the arrival of his son.

A statement said: 'What great and happy news to hear the baby has arrived safe and well and Kate's well too. My thoughts are with them all on this momentous day.

"I wish them all good fortune for the future. I'm delighted to be back from the sea to hear the news!."

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