Royal baby Archie's birth certificate shows he was born in London hospital

Maria Puente

As expected, royal baby Archie's birth certificate emerged Friday, and it shows the newborn son of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex was born at the Portland Hospital, an American-owned private medical center in London's Westminster district.

The Press Association, a British wire service somewhat akin to the Associated Press, obtained a copy of the baby's birth certificate and tweeted it out Friday, clearing up one of the big mysteries about the May 6 birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Queen Elizabeth II's eighth great-grandchild: Where was he born?

Harry and Meghan had declined to specify the location of their son's birth when they introduced him to the world on May 8 at Windsor Castle, posing for photos and video.

Later, the newest royal met the queen, Prince Philip and Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, who traveled from Los Angeles for the birth of her first grandchild.

According to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly, Buckingham Palace officials honored Harry and Meghan's desire for privacy regarding details of the birth by not directly releasing the document to the public after registering it.

Although the palace has steadfastly declined to say where Archie was born, the location was not destined to remain secret for long. As in the United States, birth certificates are public record and easily obtainable.

Harry's brother, Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate of Cambridge, registered their three children within days of their births at St. Mary's Hospital in London, starting in with Prince George in 2013. They later released copies of the birth certificates to the media.

Harry and Meghan took a different approach, sending the paperwork directly to the registrar without releasing it to the public. The document was dated Friday, May 17, or 11 days after Archie's birth. 

Harry signed the document, which lists his full name, His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex, as well as Meghan's: Rachel Meghan, Her Royal Highness Duchess of Sussex. Her maiden name, Markle, also is listed.

Their official residence is listed as Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Castle estate. 

Their occupations are listed as "Prince of the United Kingdom" and "Princess of the United Kingdom," although Meghan's official title is that of duchess. (Similar language was used for Kate on the birth certificates for their three children.)

Meghan, 37, is not the first royal to have a baby at Portland; Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and ex-wife of Prince Andrew, welcomed Harry's cousins, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, there in 1988 and 1990, respectively. The private hospital is owned by the Hospital Corporation of America and is described as "luxurious."

The plan had reportedly been for Meghan, who was said to be due in late April or early May, to have a home birth at Frogmore. She decided against giving birth at St. Mary's, where Princess Diana had William and Harry and Kate had her children.

She was praised for her decision not to face a media mob within hours of giving birth, as her sister-in-law had. So, too, was her choice not to hide her postpartum figure during Archie's public debut on May 8.

According to reporting by the tabloids The Sun and The Daily Mail, Meghan, who was by then overdue, was spirited out of Windsor by her security detail overnight Sunday into Monday and rushed to the Portland in London.

She was in labor in the early hours of May 6, the palace said, and Archie was born at 5:26 a.m. local time, weighing 7 lbs 3 ounces. By the afternoon, they were at Frogmore, the palace statement said, with mother and baby doing well. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Royal baby Archie's birth certificate shows he was born in London hospital