London Transplant Reacts to Royal Birth

By VICTORIA FORD | May 08, 2019

Brant Beach — News of Monday’s royal birth sent a ripple effect across the pond to Long Beach Island, where at least one local British expat could relate to the joy Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are feeling.

Delaware Avenue Oyster House Executive Chef Steven Haggart, formerly from London, and his wife, Danni Hagler, have two small children, Alice and Jack, and live in Brant Beach.

Haggart shared his reaction to the arrival of the 7-pound, 3-ounce boy born at 5:26 a.m. to the duke and duchess of Sussex: “As a new dad of a baby boy, I can understand how thrilled they must be,” he said. “To name a few, I personally get excited thinking of us playing catch, watching football and eventually having his first pint. I also think it’s great to have an American in the royal family, to be honest ­– it continues a fabulous ongoing tradition of American women falling for us British men.”

Harry, 34, is sixth in line to the British throne. Markle, 37, is American, a former actress, and a descendant of plantation slaves. Their as-yet-unnamed multiracial son has been described as a symbol of the modernization of the monarchy.  —V.F.


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