The countdown to the royal baby is officially in full swing. Although no official expiration date has been revealed, many believe that the baby can arrive within two or four weeks. As her due date approaches, Meghan Markle begins to slow things down and prepare for the arrival of her little one.
The last royal union of the duchess was on March 11. Markle is apparently officially on maternity leave. But what does this mean? How long will the Duchess of Sussex be on maternity leave and what will she do on her free time?
The duchess will likely take six months off
According to her schedule, it seems that Markle is returning to her position at the end of October, which means that she takes about six months of maternity leave. If this is the case, it will be longer than one of the three leaves Kate Middleton took after she had her children. After the birth of her first child, Prince George Alexander Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge took only four weeks off. Her longest maternity leave was after the birth of her third child, Prince Louis Arthur Charles, when she took five months off.
According to a royal correspondent, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend the One Young World Summit in London on October 22. This will mark her first official event after the birth.
Markle’s maternity leave may be longer than that of Middleton, but it does follow how long Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, has taken her children with her. Princess Diana took eight months of maternity leave with Prince William and six months of leave with Prince Harry.
Renovations are still underway at Frogmore Cottage
Although the couple is expected to move to their new home this month, it appears that things have been delayed for a few weeks. Architectural Digest reports that the extensive renovation takes longer than expected. It is currently unclear whether the renovation will be carried out before the couple welcomes their new baby to the family.
The cottage was previously divided into five units. It took a lot of work to turn it into a single-family home. The couple is already busy designing the nursery for their new baby. According to reports, the nursery has gray and white walls that are painted with eucalyptus paint.
In addition to the last-minute renovations to prepare the cottage, the couple is certainly working to ensure that everything is in order before the royal baby arrives. This includes hospital preparations, communication teams and other last-minute details.
The couple does not plan on hiring a nanny
One of the reasons why the duchess may be planning a longer maternity leave is because of the couple’s desire not to hire a babysitter. This indicates that Markle plans to spend more time with the baby without the extra help.
The duchess will have some help when the new baby comes. Prince Harry and his wife have already invited Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, to stay with them after the birth of their little one. It is unclear how long Markle’s mother will stay with the couple, but she already has her own room in the house.
In addition to a room for Markle’s mother, the cottage also has an ultra-modern yoga studio. The duchess integrates yoga into her exercise routine, reportedly practicing yoga at least twice a week. Her mother is a former yoga instructor and inspired the duchess to start the practice. Markle will probably be able to use the studio well after the baby is born. An at-home studio will make it easier for the new mother to de-stress, re-energize and stay in shape.