Meghan Markle pregnant: Will Meghan Markle take maternity leave? When is Meghan due?

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Meghan Markle pregnant: Will Meghan Markle take maternity leave? When is Meghan due?

MEGHAN Markle will give birth next spring, Kensington Palace announced earlier this year, but when is Meghan due to take maternity leave and when will the Duchess of Sussex give birth?

Meghan Markle is pregnant with her first child and she will be going on maternity leave next year. Kensington Palace announced in October the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child. The couple had just arrived on their first overseas tour when the news was broken.
The palace said: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the spring of 2019.

“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.

“The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted for the couple and were able to congratulate them on Friday at the wedding in person.

“Ms Doria Ragland is very happy about the lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”

Meghan Markle pregnant The duchess is due to give birth next spring Image Getty
Meghan Markle pregnant The duchess is due to give birth next spring Image Getty

Will Meghan Markle take maternity leave?
Before Meghan gives birth, she is likely to take maternity leave when she takes a break from her royal duties.

How long Meghan chooses to take for maternity leave depends on her personal choice, as there is no set rules for royal women on maternity leave.

Kate was on maternity leave for six months after she gave birth to Prince Louis earlier this year.

But when the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant with Prince George, she took maternity leave for a month before giving birth in July and returned shortly back to work in August, with only about three months break from duties.
After giving birth to Princess Charlotte in 2015, she took longer out of her royal duties, going on maternity leave at the end of March before giving birth at the start of May.

Meghan Markle pregnant Meghan could start her maternity leave a month before giving birth Image Getty
Meghan Markle pregnant Meghan could start her maternity leave a month before giving birth Image Getty

She took four months before returning to her day-to-day role as a royal.

And earlier this year, she went on maternity leave in March 2018, a month before giving birth in April, and officially returned to work on October 2.

During her maternity leave, Kate still attended some royal events, such as the Easter Sunday service with her family and Prince Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding.
When Meghan decides to take her leave entirely depends on her, but if she follows the same pattern as Kate, she may choose to take maternity leave a month before she is due to give birth and return to royal duties when she sees fit.

When is Meghan due?
The only information Kensington Palace has released on Meghan’s due date is that she will give birth in spring.

Meghan Markle pregnant Will Meghan Markle take maternity leave Image Getty
Meghan Markle pregnant Will Meghan Markle take maternity leave Image Getty

However there is an understanding that Meghan could give birth in April, as Australian singer Missy Higgins said when she met the duchess the 37-year-old said she was four months along.

The meeting happened at the beginning of the couple’s 16-day tour to Oceania, which began on October 16, making her due date the beginning of April.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK