How Long Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle be on Parental Leave?

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Royal baby Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor gets to enjoy both of her parents' undivided attention (aside from her big brother Archie that is) for the next few months. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they will be on parental leave through a statement on their foundation, Archewell's website.

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It's a luxury the couple didn't get to enjoy the first time around with their son, Archie, in 2019. Although there were reports that Harry would take a two-week paternity leave (the standard in the UK) when Archie was born, he was on a flight to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games just three days later. Meghan was not left on her own—her mother, Doria Ragland, stayed with her—but we can imagine the toll it would have taken on the new dad. With both of her children, Meghan took some time prior to giving birth and then took approximately four months of maternity leave for Archie. Typically, the royal family follows the same parental leave as British citizens: six months for maternity and two weeks for paternity. However, Prince William and Kate didn't always follow this edict either. Kate only took one month after Prince George was born, five months for Princess Charlotte, and six months for Prince Louis. William took two weeks for his first two children, and none at all for Louis, which resulted in him dozing off at an event two days later—whoops.

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Now that Harry and Meghan have stepped away from their royal duties, they aren't obligated appear for events or follow any protocols. While they haven't shared how long they will be on parental leave, Archewell will continue to be run by their team. We wish the new parents the best during these first few months with Lili!

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