How Long Is Prince Harry’s Paternity Leave and When Will It Start?
We still don’t know for sure whether or not Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had their baby. Reports — and hints from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — suggest they expected their firstborn sometime in late-April, which means Meghan Markle might have already given birth. However, some also believe Baby Sussex is due in early May, aka any day now!
Some are using Prince Harry’s schedule as an indication of when the royal baby might come, but the Duke of Sussex doesn’t appear to be slowing down — yet. With some engagements scheduled for May, including a trip to the Netherlands on May 8th, it appears Prince Harry’s paternity leave is much less structured compared to Meghan Markle’s maternity leave.
Prince Harry’s paternity leave
Much like Prince William, Prince Harry will take some time off to welcome the new royal baby and help his wife out in the early weeks of parenthood. However, he still plans on working. “Harry will return to public duties sooner than his wife and, depending on when the baby is born, is expected to fulfill some commitments in mid-May,” Town & Country reports.
Prince Harry’s paternity leave likely starts as soon as Meghan Markle goes into labor. If the baby isn’t yet here (which is highly possible), the Duke of Sussex might have to reschedule some appearances, including his upcoming trip to the Netherlands.
How long is Prince Harry’s paternity leave? According to Time, it’s not as long as you’d expect. “It’s customary for royal fathers to take up to two weeks off from work after their new baby is born,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told Time. The standard paternity leave in the United Kingdom is between one and two weeks. However, as a member of the royal family, Prince Harry can pretty much do whatever he wants. But, the Mountbatten-Windsors are cautious about how they handle certain civilian protocols, as they want to appear as relatable as possible to the public — which is likely why the Duke of Sussex won’t take more time off.
That said, Prince Harry has the luxury of taking on less work and, according to Town & Country, will likely do so. “His schedule … is likely to be lighter over the summer,” they noted.
Meghan Markle’s maternity leave
Some believe Meghan Markle has already started her maternity leave, but that just depends on whether or not the duchess has had her baby yet. As far as public engagements go, the new mother is off the hook. However, Her Royal Highness planned to work on other tasks at home while waiting for her baby’s arrival.
How long is Meghan Markle’s maternity leave? Some say the Duchess of Sussex plans to take a three month leave. But, an unnamed source told Town & Country, it is “likely to be longer.” However, we won’t have to wait until late summer to see the Duchess of Sussex again. “She may make some official appearances during this time,” the source noted. Many believe she will likely attend the Trooping the Colour festivities in June.
One of her first big engagements back includes a trip to Africa in the fall with Baby Sussex in tow. “As it stands, the plan is that Harry and Meghan and their newborn baby, in probably about six months, will take a trip to Africa and tour several countries in Africa,’ Royah Nikkhah, a royal correspondent for The Sunday Times told Good Morning America. The two also allegedly have plans to visit some Commonwealth countries in October, too.
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