Prince Harry to take five months paternity leave in break from royal tradition – Mirror Online

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Prince Harry will break from royal tradition to help raise his newborn daughter with five months parental leave.

Leading by example to Duke, whose foundation he runs with wife Meghan, offers both parents 20 weeks away from the office when a baby is welcomed into the family.

The royals are often seen out of engagements much sooner traditionally, but the young couple will both spend time with their second child Lilibet, a sister for two-year-old Archie.

In the UK dad’s can take up to two weeks’ paid parental leave and can also share up 37 weeks of statutory parental leave between them and the mother – receiving £151.97 a week or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is lower.

Harry’s decision is a break from many royals, including his brother Prince William who took around three weeks off when Prince George and Princess Charlotte were born, and just two days for his third child Prince Louis.

Meghan and Harry’s biographer Omid Scobie speaking on US TV news yesterday said: “We’re so used to seeing senior royals going back to work but Harry and Meghan are leading by example.

“They offer up to 20 weeks parental leave at Archewell (their foundation).

“It’ll be several months off work for the pair of them.”

Harry, 36, and wife Meghan, 39, announced the birth of their second over the weekend.

The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a 7lb 11oz daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on Friday in California.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry

The baby has been named Lilibet after the Queen’s childhood nickname – but she will be known as Lili.

A statement from the couple’s press secretary said: “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.

“Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.

“She weighed 7lbs 11oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.

“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.

“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry

“This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

“The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”

Lilibet is eighth in line to the throne.

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