One of the world's most closely monitored pregnancies has come to an end and people around the Bay of Plenty are sharing their best wishes for the new parents.

Meghan Markle has given birth to a baby boy with her husband Prince Harry by her side after going into labour on Monday afternoon (NZT).

Donna Lloyd met Queen Elizabeth in 1977 when she was 10 and last year waited to meet the Duke and Duchess in Rotorua and today turned into a day of excitement once she heard about the newborn.

"Like anyone having a baby it is pretty exciting