Three babies born at Sunderland Royal Hospital on same day as Meghan Markle gives birth to boy

A trio of tots born on Wearside will share their birthday with a member of the Royal Family after they came into the world on the same as the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a son.

By David Allison
Monday, 06 May, 2019, 16:20

The announcement of the birth came shortly after 2.30pm today, with both mum Meghan Markle and child said to be doing well.

The child is yet to be named.

Amelia Anne Horner, born on Monday, May 6 at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

It was a day of celebration at Sunderland Royal Hospital's maternity ward too for a number of families.

Amanda Ackroyd, 35, gave birth to son Connor Vernon Jamieson after a long labour which began at 5am on Saturday.

The tot arrived at 8.50am today, weighing in at 7lbs 1oz.

Amanda Ackroyd and partner Connor Jamieson with son Connor Vernon Jamieson, born on Monday, May 6 at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Amanda, of Red House, who has been supported by partner Connor Jamieson, 23, said: "I got my labour started off early because I'm diabetic.

"I didn't know about the Royal family's situation, so it's a bit of a surprise.

"We knew we were having a boy so we're just happy he's here now."

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Nadine Watson, 24, of Seaham, gave birth to Amelia Anne Horner at at 3.30am.

Sapphire Stuart with daughter Bella, born on Monday, May 6 at Sunderland Royal Hospital

"I'm three weeks early but I didn't know Meghan Markle was due at this time," said Nadine, who has a son Oliver Lee, 15 months, with partner Lee Horner, 22.

"I was in labour for 22 and a half hours so I'm happy I'm through it now."

And Sapphire Stuart, 26, gave birth to daughter Bella, weighing 5lb 8oz at 4,55am.

"I didn't know anything at all about the Royal baby to be honest," said Sapphire, who is mum to Harry, six, and Lewis, three.

Staff at Sunderland Royal Hospital's maternity ward.

"I do like the Royal Family though and I really liked Suits, the programme Meghan Markle was in. I used to watch that all the time."

Lynne Metcalfe, midwife at the Royal's maternity wing, said: "We have had a very nice Bank Holiday Monday.

"We are also delighted with the news of the Royal Baby's birth.

"Every birth is special so congratulations to everyone who has given birth today."