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First-time dad Michael Ferrigan knows just how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are feeling today.

The 25-year-old’s girlfriend Holly Bilham gave birth to their son Oscar just hours after the royal princess was born on Saturday.

Michael Ferrigan and his son Oscar

Michael Ferrigan and his son Oscar

Oscar, who weighed in at a tiny 5lb 3oz, is now home with his parents in Garnier Street, Fratton.

Mr Ferrigan said: ‘I’m absolutely over the moon.

‘We were actually listening to the news on the radio and the birth of the princess was announced just as Holly was in the final stages of labour.

‘I know just how William and Kate are feeling.

‘We’re overwhelmed by it all at the moment. I’m sure they are too.

‘I cried when Oscar was born. I’m sure it’s the same feeling whether it’s your first, second or 100th baby. He is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

‘I’m really pleased for William and Kate too.’

Ms Bilham was induced at 37 weeks at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, on Friday because her amniotic fluids were low.

Oscar Robert Jake Ferrigan was born at 1.58pm on Saturday with both mum and baby perfectly healthy.

The royal princess, a sister for Prince George, was born at 8.43am on Saturday weighing 8lb 3oz.

Kate and the baby left hospital looking radiant, just 12 hours after she went in.

The family spent Saturday, their first night, at home at Kensington Palace and were visited early the next day by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate’s family.

Prince Harry has spoken about his baby niece, describing her as ‘absolutely beautiful’.

Harry, who is in Western Australia on attachment with the country’s armed forces, said he could not wait to meet the infant princess.

Her parents William and Kate also thanked well-wishers for the support they had received following the birth.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: ‘The duke and duchess are hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people all over the world.

‘It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.’

He added: ‘Additionally Prince Harry has said about his new niece: “She is absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to meet her”.’ The royal couple are taking their time before announcing the name of their daughter.

But the odds-on favourite is Alice at 3/1, followed by Charlotte, then Victoria, then Elizabeth.

Hundreds of well-wishers waited outside the hospital and Buckingham Palace to await breaking news of the royal birth.

Tourists bosses believe the ‘princess effect’ will boost visitor numbers to the capital.

VisitLondon is predicting London will welcome nearly 32m UK and overseas tourists this year – well up on the 29.1m total achieved in 2013 – the year Prince George was born.