The gift Kiwi's are giving the Royal Baby

royals 07/05/2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has revealed what the Government gifted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to mark the birth of their first child.

The royal baby, a boy, was born overnight on Monday (NZ time) and Prince Harry said he will be revealed to the world in a matter of days.

Ardern told The AM Show the New Zealand Government had given gifts to the Duke and Duchess to mark the birth.

Members of the royal family cannot accept material gifts, so donations to charity in their name is common practice.

"I can tell you that on behalf of New Zealanders, we'll be making a donation to Little Sprouts, which is an organisation that prepares baby boxes for families in need.

"We'll also be purchasing 10 native trees that will be planted as part of trees that count specially for newborn babies and I think they're planted around the time of Matariki.

"I hope New Zealanders think those are suitable gifts on their behalf in recognition of the new baby."

It's not yet known what the baby's name will be, with Prince Charles' middle name Arthur the hot favourite.

Prince Harry spoke to reporters shortly after the birth and gave an update on how the mother and baby were faring.

"I'm very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy earlier this morning, a very healthy boy. Mother and baby are doing incredibly well," he said.

"It has been the most amazing experience I could have ever have possibly imagined."