Royal baby: Prince Harry is likely to take two weeks paternity leave

Royal baby: Prince Harry is likely to take two weeks paternity leave


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child – a baby boy – in the early hours of this morning, and Prince Harry is likely to take two weeks of paternity leave, just like his brother William The proud new dad stood outside Windsor Castle today to announce the happy news, saying he was ‘over the moon’  He added that mother and baby are doing ‘extremely well’ after Meghan gave birth at  5:26am, with the new arrival weighing 7lb 3oz Prince Harry, 34, is expected to take two weeks of ‘unofficial paternity leave’ to spend with his wife and child, which is the same amount of time working fathers get in the UK This is not ‘official’ leave as he isn’t in a named post like his previous role as Captain in the Army, but he’s expected to take time away from official royal duties  His official visit to The Netherlands on May 9 to launch the one-year countdown to the 2020 Invictus Games in The Hague may cut into his time off, however he could choose to add a few extra days on at the end   He has already cancelled the first day of what was supposed to be a 48-hour trip, citing ‘logistical planning’ reasons Harry’s older brother Prince William, 36, also took two weeks off after the birth of his three children with Kate Middleton  In 2013, after the birth of his first child Prince George, now five, on July 22, William took a two-week break from his duties as an ambulance helicopter pilot and received a total of £273 56.    As a working royal, Harry could also be eligible for statutory paternity pay, which is either £148 68 a week or 90 per cent of his average weekly earnings – whichever is lower.And new mother Meghan will have more time to recover from her pregnancy and delivery  The Duchess started her maternity leave on March 20, over a month before the birth of the new royal baby  Kate, who also went on maternity leave a month prior to Louis’ birth in 2018, and had a six-month break from royal duties to care after her child   However after Prince George was born in 2013, the Duchess took just five weeks off, and her maternity leave for Princess Charlotte lasted four months Most working women in Britain are offered a year off for maternity leave, with their employers paying for part of the leave, and the government funding the rest  Although nothing has been confirmed, it is thought Meghan could take up to six months off to care for her firstborn The hardworking mother-to-be, who is passionate about charity work and was confirmed as the patron of four organisations earlier this year, is said to be attending the annual summit for One Young World in in October 2019 Royal baby name announcements  Baby boys names odds   Arthur 16/1James 16/1Edward 25/1Albert 33/1Alexander 33/1Christopher 33/1Daniel 33/1Philip 33/1Henry 33/1Joseph 40/1 There is no royal tradition regarding revealing the name of a Royal baby  Kate Middleton and Prince William revealed Prince George’s name on July 24, 2013, two days after he was born With Princess Charlotte, they revealed her name on May 4, 2015 — also two days after her birth But it took five days for Prince Louis’ full name to be announced after his birth  As the gender of the royal baby was kept under wraps until it was born, speculation over the name is as rife as ever  Royal godparents  In the past royal children have been given six godparents, announced during their christening  Rumours have begun swirling that Prince Harry and Meghan could choose individuals who are already godparents to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children Stylist Jessica Mulroney, model Misha Nonoo and Harry’s cousin Zara Tindall are among the names rumoured to become the godmothers to the royal baby  Meanwhile Harry’s ‘second father’ Mark Dyer, his close friend Nicholas Van Cutsem and his school friend Tom Inskip could all very well make the cut for godfather   The fashion Many expectant mothers try not to splash out too much on maternity clothes that they might not wear again for a long time, if ever, but when you’re royal then you need a wardrobe to match the job And the Duchess of Sussex, 37, has certainly made sure her bump was well dressed throughout her first pregnancy, with her maternity outfits totting up to an eye-watering £514,000 ($675,000) Researchers from fashion comparison website lovethesales.com totted up the cost of 75 outfits Meghan has worn between early in her pregnancy in August to her final engagement before maternity leave at Westminster Abbey last week The calculations include estimates for some of the bespoke creations she has worn over recent months but not all, meaning the actual value could be much higher .  

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