The Australian Republic Movement warmly congratulates Harry and Meghan on the birth of their son, and all Australians who welcomed a child into the world today.

Baby Sussex is the 7th in line for the British throne, behind Prince Harry, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Prince Charles, making him unlikely to ever rule over Australians.

We look forward to when our head of state is chosen by Australians, and on merit, instead of birth right. An Australian republic will mean that each child born today can grow up aspiring to the top job- regardless of their family, social status or wealth.

Zoe Bowman