Church leaders congratulate Duke and Duchess of Sussex on birth of baby boy

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have welcomed a baby boyReuters

Church leaders have joined in the messages of congratulations pouring in from around the world after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a baby boy on Monday.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who married the couple in May last year, said: "May God bless the new family with love, health and happiness."

Bishop Michael Curry, who preached at their wedding in St George's Chapel, said: "The Jewish tradition reminds us that the birth of every child is a reminder that God is not finished with us yet. There is hope. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and prayers of blessing for them and their baby."

The duke, who was present for the birth revealed his delight as he spoke to the media soon after the birth to say that mother and baby were both doing well. 

The baby boy, who has not yet been named, weighed 7lbs 3oz (3.2kg).  He is to be presented in a couple of days. 

The Church of England has issued a special prayer following the birth of the royal baby: 

Loving Father, 

We rejoice with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex 

at the birth of their new son.

Guide and protect him, 

that he may follow you all his days. 

May the love of his parents 

help him to know your love, 

which is revealed to us all

in Jesus Christ your Son.