Meet Sunderland’s own little prince

Sam Scobie with her baby son, Harley James,  born on the same day as The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's son and is presented with a silver penny by Sunderland City Hospital's Chief Executive, Ken Bremner.
Sam Scobie with her baby son, Harley James, born on the same day as The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's son and is presented with a silver penny by Sunderland City Hospital's Chief Executive, Ken Bremner.
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“MEET our little prince”.

 Just one boy was born at Sunderland Royal Hospital’s maternity ward on the day the Prince of Cambridge came into the world.

Harley James Scoble arrived on the Wearside ward as, hundreds of miles away, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the third in line to the throne.

Harley’s mum Sam, 27, of Lambton, Washington, who was having her first child like the Duchess, said her son is “my little prince”.

“It was a long wait because I was in labour for 16 hours,” said Sam.

“I was watching all the TV coverage and realised I was going to have the baby on the same day. It’s been amazing.”

Harley weighed in at 8lb 1oz at the maternity unit and arrived at nine minutes past midnight on Monday – about 16 hours before the prince.

Speaking of the royal couple’s new arrival, Sam added: “I’m over the moon for them. They’re so down to earth.”

Meanwhile, other newborns set to share their birthday with the newest Royal include Eloise Mitchell.

Mum Colette Mitchell, of Seaburn Dene, gave birth to baby Eloise, 7lb 7oz, just over five hours before the royal baby was born.

Eloise’s dad Neil Mitchell, 36, said: “William and Kate seem like a really nice couple, so we’re very pleased for them.”

New parents Claire and Adam Kennedy, of Fulwell, have not yet decided what to call their baby daughter, who was born at 9pm on Monday.

“I started contractions at about 7am and I saw Kate was going into labour on the news,” said Claire, 28.

“We don’t know what to call our daughter yet, but because we’ve got another son called Aiden, we might use another ‘A’ name like Annabel.”

All three tots will soon be receiving commemorative “lucky” silver pennies after the Royal Mint said it is issuing 2,013 free coins to parents of newborns who share their birthday with the newborn Royal.