A COUPLE have spoken about the joy of welcoming their own ‘royal’ baby who arrived the same day as Harry and Meghan’s... after a whopping 31-hour labour.

Proud parents Danielle Catling and Scott Taylor welcomed son Louis Henry Taylor into the world just hours after the Duchess of Sussex had given birth.

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Careful, now! - the couple after a photocall last week

Little Louis arrived five days ahead of his due date so surveyor Danielle, 33, was rushed to Southend hospital at 1am.

It wasn’t until 8.15am the next day - 31 hours later - that the couple welcomed their third child, weighing 7lb 1oz.

The pair have since returned home with their latest addition to join older sister Tilly, two, and brother Archie, seven, at their home in Rayleigh.

Scott, 35, said: “About two weeks ago Danielle and I were wondering if the dates would tally up. Danielle was incredible during every single one of those 31 hours. Our little boy has a bit of a royal name. We’ve even got Harry’s real name. Even though they share the same birthday I don’t think there’s much chance of sharing the same name.

“It seems unlikely they would call their first-born the same as his cousin. I’m a royalist so I’m chuffed for Meghan and Harry. We’ll organise a joint first birthday if the Sussexes are keen.”