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‘Life is good’ for Queen and Philip… as Wills and Kate welcome ‘Baby Sussex’

Lunch: The Queen is joined by Philip in his first appearance since January’s crash PICTURE: PA

THE Duchess of Cambridge said she was looking forward to meeting Harry and Meghan’s baby, as the Queen confirmed ‘life is good’ after the safe arrival of her eighth great-grandchild.

Kate said as she and husband William visited the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, south-east London: ‘It’s such a special time. Obviously with Louis and Charlotte just having had their birthdays it’s such a great time of year to have a baby, spring is in the air.’

She revealed that she and Wills have not yet seen ‘Baby Sussex’.

Auntie Kate: The beaming mum-of-three can’t wait to meet ‘Baby Sussex’ PICTURE: WENN

‘We’re looking forward to meeting him and finding out what his name’s going to be so it’s really exciting for both of them and we wish them all the best,’ she added.

‘These next few weeks are always a bit daunting the first time round so we wish them all the best.’

Harry was at his wife’s side during the birth on Monday and he later confessed he had only had a few hours’ sleep, suggesting that Meghan had spent much of the night in labour.

Happy ever laughter: William and Kate share a joke at the Cutty Sark in London yesterday PICTURE: GETTY

During the Cutty Sark outing, dad-of-three William said he was ‘absolutely thrilled’ by the new arrival and hoped to meet him in the next few days ‘when things have quietened down’. He added: ‘I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother into the sleep deprivation society that is parenting.’ Baby Sussex arrived at 5.26am on Monday, weighing 7lb 3oz.

He is thought to have been delivered in a London hospital despite earlier suggestions he was born at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s home, Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Castle estate.

Asked if he had any pearls of wisdom for his younger brother, William laughed and replied: ‘Plenty of advice. But no, I wish him all the best and I hope the next few days they can settle down and enjoy having a newborn in their family and the joys that come with that.’

Thanks a bunch: Kate accepts flowers from a young royal fan PICTURE: PA

The Queen and Prince Philip hosted a lunch for members of the Order of Merit at Windsor Castle yesterday. It was 97-year-old Philip’s first public appearance since crashing his car near Sandringham in January.

A guest asked the Queen: ‘Life is good for your Majesty?’ Smiling, she replied: ‘Yes, thank you.’ ‘Congratulations — another great-grandchild,’ the guest went on. ‘How many of them have you got now?’ ‘Eight,’ the Queen, 93, replied.

Alexander and Spencer have replaced Arthur as the new favourite names for Baby Sussex after a flurry of bets. Harry said on Monday the couple were still mulling over their choice.