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Prince William and Prince Harry celebrate baby news as close friend welcomes son

Congratulations are in order for Maria Sharapova and Alexander Gilkes!

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Matthew Moore
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Prince William and Prince Harry will be in a celebratory mood after their close friend, businessman Alexander Gilkes, announced the birth of his son, Theodore.

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The news was shared by his fiancée, tennis star Maria Sharapova, who shared a photo of herself cradling her newborn alongside Alexander, as they both looked lovingly at their son. "Theodore VII MMXXII. The most beautiful, challenging, and rewarding gift our little family could ask for," the new mum captioned her post. She also added the baby bottle and a chick hatching from an egg emojis.

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William and Harry are close friends with the pair, with William becoming firm friends with Alexander during their time together in Eton.

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Alexander was among those who was invited to the wedding of William and Kate, and he was also reportedly invited to Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle but was unable to attend.

Alexander's ex-wife Misha Nonoo is also close friends with the Duchess of Sussex, and reportedly was the person who introduced her to Harry.

Plenty of fans rushed to congratulate Maria and Alexander on the birth of their son, with many sharing messages of jubilation in the comments and heart emojis.

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Maria and Alexander welcomed a baby son

The pair have been dating since 2018, and announced their engagement in 2020, and in a sweet post at the time Maria referred to it as their "little secret".

The news came as Prince William had more reason to celebrate after The Earthshot Prize officially became an independent charity.

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After founding the hugely successful Prize in 2020, the Duke of Cambridge is set to take on the role of charity President. Backed by a host of celebrities, the Earthshot Prize is a global environmental award designed to foster ground-breaking ecological solutions.

The royal will be joined by four new trustees including M Sanjayan, Jason Knauf, Zoe Ware, and Jean Christophe Gray. Together, the trustees will provide a variety of unique perspectives to help propel the Prize and drive recognition around the world.

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