Meghan ‘is planning to take just three months’ maternity leave after the arrival of baby Sussex because she wants to get back to her charity work’
- Duchess, 37, who is due to give birth any day, ‘wants to get back to work quickly’
- Has pencilled in three months, but will be back in six weeks for Queen’s birthday
- Sister-in-law Kate took six months off with Louis, five months with Charlotte, and just five weeks with George
Meghan Markle is planning to take just three months’ maternity leave after giving birth to baby Sussex, it has been claimed.
The duchess, 37, who is due in the next few days, has reportedly told aides she’s eager to get back to work as soon as possible.
Heavily pregnant Meghan has continued to work with charities behind the scenes despite finishing her official royal duties six weeks ago.
Meghan is planning to take just three months’ maternity leave after giving birth to baby Sussex
The duchess, 37, who is due in the next few days, has reportedly told aides she’s eager to get back to work as soon as possible
A royal source told The Sun: ‘Meghan has made it very clear she wants to return to work as soon as possible. She has huge amounts of energy, is extremely determined and wants to be as hands-on as possible with her charities.
‘She’s pencilled in three months, but she’ll most likely return to public life in six weeks — on the Queen’s official birthday, Trooping the Colour, in June.
‘Three months’ maternity is standard in the US for American mums – they don’t normally get the six or even 12 months women get here in the UK. So this is totally normal for Meghan.’
Kensington Palace declined to comment.
She has ‘pencilled in three months, but she’ll most likely return to public life in six weeks — on the Queen’s official birthday,’ a royal source said
Her sister-in-law Kate, 37, took six months off after the birth of Prince Louis last year and five months leave with Charlotte in 2015.
But the Duchess of Cambridge came back after just five weeks following the birth of George in 2013.
Last week, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland reportedly arrived in London and ‘cancelled her yoga classes and hired a dog sitter’ in preparation for the arrival of the royal baby.
The 62-year-old wanted to be by her side for the event.
Speaking to The Sun On Sunday friends said that Doria wants to spend as much time as possible with her first grandchild and is expected to stay in the UK for a sustained period of time.
Doria, who works as a social worker, is understood to have left her modest two-bed bungalow in Los Angeles last week.
Meghan’s mother Doria (left) is said to have arrived in the UK to be by the Duchess’ side
The grandmother-to-be has hired a live-in-sitter to walk her pitbull cross and Yorkie dogs twice a day as well as having cancelled a senior citizens yoga class that she teaches.
A second revealed that regulars who attended Doria’s yoga class were informed their sessions would be cancelled as their teacher would be taking a break.
‘It didn’t take long for tongues to start wagging that perhaps the royal birth was responsible.
‘Doria is a tremendously popular figure and everyone is thrilled for her.’
Meghan has a fractured relationship with her 74- year-old father Thomas Markle and Prince Harry is said to be delighted that her mother will be joining them at their Windsor home.
Doria (pictured left and right with her dogs) is said to have hired a dog sitter to walk her pooches
The news comes after it was claimed Meghan and Prince Harry could move abroad to Africa for two to three years for a ‘bespoke’ international job that will utilise their ‘rock star’ status.
The royal couple are set to be given a role that involves the Commonwealth, charity work and promoting Britain following the birth of their first child.
Sir David Manning, the former British ambassador to the U.S. and Lord Geidt, the Queen’s former private secretary, are said to have drawn up the plans.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will supposedly be allowed to settle into their home in Frogmore Cottage with the baby before a decision is made about where they should go, according to the Sunday Times.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, pictured in Morocco earlier this year, may be sent away to a country in Africa for two to three years for a ‘bespoke’ job that will utilise their ‘rock star’ status, it has been claimed
Although this is unlikely to be decided until next year, The Sunday Times report the role is likely to be in Africa because of the couple’s ties there. Pictured: Harry in Lesotho on his gap year in 2004
Although this is unlikely to be decided until next year, the role is likely to be in Africa because of the couple’s ties there.
It holds a special place in the couple’s hearts as Harry took Meghan to his favourite luxury camp Meno a Kwena in Botswana, to celebrate Meghan’s 36th birthday and mark their first year together.
They recently gave the public a unique glimpse into their 2017 trip, sharing stunning never-before-seen photos on their new Instagram account.
One of the moving shots shows the royal couple tending to a large bull elephant in the bush, equipping him with a satellite collar.
Their Royal Highnesses were assisting Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders, who is working to protect elephant populations by tracking their movements.
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