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Prince Harry and Meghan accused of 'double standards' after second private jet trip

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have faced backlash for their second private jet trip.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are facing backlash for their 'carbon footprint' after they were pictured on a private jet on a trip to the South of France, their second private jaunt in just over a week.

Prince Harry was seen arriving with his family in the French Riveria on board a 12-seater Cessna aircraft that would cost more than £20,000 to hire.

It's believed the trip to Nice would have created seven times more carbon emissions per person than a commercial flight.

The latest sighting comes after Prince Harry was at the centre of a hypocrisy row when he flew by private jet to Sicily for a Google summit on climate change

Prince Harry and Meghan 'will hold private christening' for Archie

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will hold a private ceremony in Windsor.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced a date for their first born's christening.

Prince Harry and Meghan will attend a private ceremony for their son Archie's christening.

The service will be held at the private chapel at Windsor Castle and is understood to be a "very small gathering", a royal source told ITV news.

Prince Harry and Meghan announce the name of their son

The Queen and Prince Philip meet their great-grandson for the first time

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they have named their son Archie.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have named their first born son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

After much speculation, the couple announced the news on their Sussex Royal Instagram account after revealing the new addition had met The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The caption read: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

"This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion."

Prince Harry and Meghan open up about their first night as parents

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduce their baby

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened up about their days as proud parents following the birth of their son.

Prince Harry, 34, has said being a parent is "amazing" after spending his first few nights with his newborn son, who was born at 5.20 am on Monday 6th May.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave the first glimpse of their new baby during a photo call in St. George's Hall at Windsor Palace on Wednesday.

The baby, who is seventh in line to the throne, laid peacefully in Harry's arms while Meghan looked on adoringly at their "bundle of joy".

"It's great. Parenting is amazing," Harry told reporters. "It's only been two and a half days, three days, but we're just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy."

The photo call marks the first time the Duchess of Sussex, 37, has been seen since she retired from the public eye six weeks ago.

Read more: Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex could break tradition with royal baby name

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduce their baby for the first time

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduce their baby to the world

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first appearance as a couple following the birth of their first child.

A beaming Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, introduced their newborn son during a photo call from St.George's Hall at Windsor Castle, after welcoming him into the world at 5.20 am on Monday May 6th.

This is the first time the Duchess of Sussex has been seen since she retired from the public eye six weeks ago.

Meghan, who looked radiant wearing a white sleeveless dress with her hair loosely curled, said: "I have the best two guys in the world," as she gushed over her family.

The baby boy, who is seventh in line to the throne, rested peacefully in his father's arms while proud mother Meghan was visibly overjoyed by the new arrival.

Read more: Prince Harry praises wife after announcing the birth of a baby boy

Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex could break tradition with royal baby name

Prince Harry said they are still thinking about names

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have said they are still thinking about names for their baby boy.

Speculation surrounding what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will call their child is reaching fever pitch with many wondering whether the couple will opt for a traditional or more contemporary name.

An elated Prince Harry, 34, revealed on Monday that he and wife Meghan Markle, 37, are still deciding on names ahead of their first photo call as a family in two days time.

The couple's first-born, currently nicknamed Baby Sussex, is not a future monarch and it's believed he won't be a HRH as he is currently too far down the line of succession at seventh in line to the throne.

With Meghan being American, she could could opt for a less traditional name, and wrote in her former blog The Tig that she was a fan of the name Grey - which works for both a boy and a girl.

If Prince Harry and Meghan did opt for a non-traditional name, they wouldn't be the first in the royal family to do so.

Canadian-born Autumn Phillips and the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips chose a non-traditional name for their first child Savannah – the monarch’s first great-grandchild – in 2010.

Princess Charlotte pictures released to celebrate fourth birthday

Princess Charlotte’s fourth birthday has been marked by the release of three pictures taken by the Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace and her Norfolk home of Anmer Hall.

Our young royal is growing up fast!

The princess is pictured smiling in a summer dress as she sits crossed legged on a patch of grass at Kensington Palace.

The Queen’s great-granddaughter is also pictured at Anmer Hall running as she holds a flower and also sitting on a fence beaming at the camera.

'I'm so incredibly proud of my wife': Beaming Prince Harry announces birth of son

6TH MAY 2019 UPDATE: The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has given birth to a baby boy, it has been announced.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs. The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz. The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth."

Speaking from Windsor, a beaming Prince Harry said the pair were 'absolutely thrilled' to welcome their first child, who is seventh-in-line to the throne, and thanked the public for 'all their love and support'.

"I'm very excited that Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning, a very healthy boy," he said.

"Mother and baby are doing incredibly well. It's been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine.

"I can't possibly imagine how any woman does what they do, what they do is beyond comprehension, but we are both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there.

"It's been amazing, we just wanted to share this with everybody."

It's been the most amazing experience I could ever imagine.

– A delighted Prince Harry announces he and The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle welcomed a baby boy in the early hours of this morning

When asked about possible baby names, Harry replied: "Still thinking about names. The baby is a little bit over due so we've had a little time to think about it.

"That's the next bit, but for us, we will seeing you guys in two days time as planned as a family to be able to share with it you guys, so everybody can see the baby.

"I haven't been at many births, this is definitely my first birth but it was amazing, absolutely incredible.

"I'm so incredibly proud of my wife and as every father and parent would ever say, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to die for so I'm just over the moon."

On Monday afternoon, Buckingham Palace released a statement announcing the Duchess had gone into labour in the early hours of this morning.

The royal arrival was announced a short time later via the Sussex Royal Instagram page.

"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.

"More details will be shared in the forthcoming days."

The post announcing the happy news garnered almost one million likes in less than an hour.

The image alongside the statement made on the @sussexroyal Instagram page.

A statement from the palace said 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'.

It added that the Duchess's mother Doria Ragland was with the couple at Frogmore Cottage and 'is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild'.

The country celebrates

Theresa May tweeted her congratulations to the new family: "Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy. Wishing you all the best at this happy time."

Jeremy Corbyn also tweeted: "Congratulations to Meghan and Harry on the birth of their baby. I hope they're all doing well. #royalbaby"

Crowds have gathered in front of Windsor Castle to celebrate the arrival of the royal baby, with many well-wishers dressing up, singing and dancing, all while eagerly anticipating the first appearance of the Duchess and her newborn.

While announcing the birth of a royal baby on Instagram is fitting for the era of social media, but this hasn't stopped some centuries-old royal traditions from being carried out.

Official town crier Chris Brown has announced the birth, clad in a traditional outfit.

An easel has been placed outside Buckingham Palace, displaying the birth time, weight and gender of the baby.