“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
The couple asked that in lieu of gifts well-wishers offer support or learn more about four organisations working for women and girls with which they have developed professional connections; Girls Inc, Harvest Home, CAMFED and the Myna Mahila Foundation.
Around 90 minutes later, at 6.30pm, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman welcomed the happy news.
“The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” she said.
All three royal households later posted photographs of the Sussexes on their social media channels alongside congratulatory messages.
Carefully coordinated announcement
The Sussexes’ carefully coordinated announcement was in stark contrast to the confusion surrounding the birth of their son Archie in May 2019.
His arrival came at a time when the couple were already considering stepping back from their lives as working members of the Royal family.
They considered his birth private and had no intention of posing on the steps of the hospital, as the Duchess of Cambridge had gamely done three times over in the interests of royal tradition and to the great delight of the public.
But the Sussexes did not want to reveal where their son was born, or initially when.
The announcement consequently proved somewhat chaotic, with their spokeswoman informing the media that the Duchess was in labour when in fact, she had already given birth.