Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to take ‘proper time off’ after birth of new baby

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are planning to have ‘proper’ time off when they welcome their second child into the world.

The heavily pregnant Duchess has not made her due date public – and refuses to even be drawn on the month her baby is predicted to arrive.

Meghan is reportedly planning a home birth in California, US, and the Sussexes will take time to bond as a family of four.

Sources close to the couple claim that they plan to take both paternity and maternity leave when their baby girl arrives.

That, one royal expert suggests, could be “any day now”.



The couple will fully step back from all work commitments when the baby arrives, it has been reported
The couple will fully step back from all work commitments when the baby arrives, it has been reported

Page Six report that the royal pair will not be working at all for quite some time when she gives birth.

“They will both take some proper time off,” a source told the publication.

“It will be the summer and they want to make sure they both take their leave so they have some real quality time together once the baby arrives.”

Meghan and Harry, who are already proud parents to Archie, announced on Valentine’s Day that they are expecting their second child after the Duchess suffered a miscarriage last year.



The heavily pregnant Duchess of Sussex could give birth "any day now"
The heavily pregnant Duchess of Sussex could give birth “any day now”

The new Sussex baby will become eighth in line to the throne.

During her interview with Oprah Winfrey alongside husband Prince Harry, Meghan would only say their baby daughter would be arriving “this summer”.

Daily Beast’s respected Royalist newsletter says Meghan’s due date could actually be in May.

“The Royalist was always taught summer started in June, but there have also been rumours the baby was due sooner than that, so we think the answer is ‘any day now’,” the newsletter read.



One royal expert expects them to call the child Diana
One royal expert expects them to call the child Diana

Royal biographer Angela Levin has meanwhile explained why the pair probably won’t pick a traditional royal name for their baby girl.

But she says the Duchess would be “proud” to call their second child Diana.

Diana, Elizabeth, Alexandra and Grace are among the bookies’ favourite names.

Royal expert Ms Levin, author of Harry: Conversations with the Prince, told the Daily Mirror: “I’m sure they will call her Diana.

“I think Harry would love that, and Meghan would be very proud because she would bring Diana close to him.

“What would be extraordinary is if the baby was born within a few days of the unveiling of Diana’s statue in the summer.”

She added: “I don’t think they will use a royal name that has been part of the name of a previous royal who is no longer with us.

“They could try to find something maybe in Greek that will let them have another foundation.”



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