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8 May 2019, 10:41
The Duchess of Sussex's estranged half-sister Samantha Markle has opened up about the birth of the Royal Baby
Samantha Markle has urged her half-sister Meghan Markle to 'reconnect' with the family, following the arrival of the Royal Baby on Monday.
Meghan, who is no longer in touch with her sister, gave birth to a baby boy on 6 May with her mother Doria Ragland by her side.
And Samantha has now reached out to Meghan, saying that she still loves her and wants to reunite.
"I would really like to see everyone reach out," she told Daily Mail TV.
"We've extended the olive branch and now it is Meghan's turn.
"Well I love it. Family is family. I think it's a great moment historically although the adults have a lot of water under the bridge.
"We're all welcoming the baby – Markles, Raglands, Sussexes, Windsors. In terms of the gene pool, we've all made a contribution to this wonderful little boy who will probably grow up to be an exceptional man and we'd like to treat this as if we're all a big family.
"It would be nice not to react to what we've heard in the news but to personally meet him and let him judge us for himself. I want him to know he's got a big family and he's part of an amazing historical time and we're all excited for him."
Samantha added: "We're excited for Meg and Harry - I am really excited for her. I love her, she's my baby sister and it doesn't matter what we've all said back and forth but she's got to do the right thing."
Her words come after Meghan's estranged dad Thomas Markle released a statement on the birth, saying: "I'm delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well. I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honour.
"God bless the child and I wish him health and happiness, and my congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, and God save the Queen."
The Royal Family announced the birth of the baby on Monday, releasing a statement saying: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 6, 2019
The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz and The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth.
Read the full announcement here: https://t.co/RCUFjQG8pe
"The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz and The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth."