Meghan Markle wants to take time off work after her baby girl is here to spend time with her, just like when Archie was born.
Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, are soon going to become parents for the second time. They welcomed their first child, Archie, in 2019, and unfortunately, Markle had a miscarriage in 2020. The royal couple is preparing to welcome a daughter now. However, Prince Harry is in the UK currently for the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 99.
The pregnant Duchess stayed back in California while Harry has joined his family for the somber occasion. The 39-year-old is going to begin her maternity leave in late May and the child is expected in June, Page Six reported. The Duchess of Sussex is reportedly expecting her baby girl in early summer and intends to take time off after her birth. She is going to take leave from her duties at Archewell, the nonprofit she shares with her husband, and other works. However, she won't be completely switching off from work as she's a "workaholic."
A source close to her said that she kept working even during her last maternity leave. She guest-edited the British Vogue and curated the capsule wardrobe for the Smart Works charity. "She doesn’t stop," said another source, who knows her.
The former actress reportedly wanted to be in the UK to support her husband and made every effort possible but she wasn't given clearance to travel by her doctors. In light of the last miscarriage, they are bound to be even more careful this time around. She and her husband announced that they were going to have a girl to Oprah Winfrey during their controversial interview last month. She had revealed she was going to give birth in the summer but didn't reveal the exact date.
Her husband, who is excited to welcome a daughter, also said that they don't intend to have any more kids. "A girl, you know, what more can you ask for? But now, you know, now we’ve got our family. We’ve got, you know, the four of us and our two dogs, and it’s great," he had said.
He is expected to return to his wife once he wraps up the family obligation. He will be flying back shortly after his grandfather's funeral as he doesn't want to stay away from his pregnant wife for too long, according to Page Six. It's also the first time he returned home since leaving the UK in 2020.
He referenced his future child while sharing a sweet message for his grandfather. "My grandfather was a man of service, honor and great humor. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm—and also because you never knew what he might say next. He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end," said Harry of his grandfather, as per Mirror UK.
"He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’ So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered—by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts," he added.
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