Royal baby: Prince Harry is likely to take two weeks paternity leave | Daily Mail Online

by pregnancy journalist

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child – a baby boy – in the early hours of this morning, and Prince Harry is likely to take two weeks of paternity leave, just like his brother William.

The proud new dad stood outside Windsor Castle today to announce the happy news, saying he was ‘over the moon’. 

He added that mother and baby are doing ‘extremely well’ after Meghan gave birth at  5:26am at Frogmore Cottage, with the new arrival weighing 7lb 3oz.

Prince Harry, 34, is expected to take two weeks of ‘unofficial paternity leave’ to spend with his wife and child, which is the same amount of time working fathers get in the UK.

Proud new dad Prince Harry stood outside Windsor Castle today to announce the happy news, saying he was ‘over the moon’

This is not ‘official’ leave as he isn’t in a named post like his previous role as Captain in the Army, but he’s expected to take time away from official royal duties. 

His official visit to The Netherlands on May 9 to launch the one-year countdown to the 2020 Invictus Games in The Hague may cut into his time off, however he could choose to add a few extra days on at the end. 

He has already cancelled the first day of what was supposed to be a 48-hour trip, citing ‘logistical planning’ reasons.

Harry’s older brother Prince William, 36, also took two weeks off after the birth of his three children with Kate Middleton. 

The happy news was announced on the Sussex Royal Instagram page, where the new parents thanked well wishers for their support

The Duke of Sussex said mother and baby are doing ‘extremely well’ after Meghan gave birth at Frogmore Cottage, with the new arrival weighing 7lb 3oz

In 2013, after the birth of his first child Prince George, now five, on July 22, William took a two-week break from his duties as an ambulance helicopter pilot and received a total of £273.56.    

As a working royal, Harry could also be eligible for statutory paternity pay, which is either £148.68 a week or 90 per cent of his average weekly earnings – whichever is lower.

And new mother Meghan will have more time to recover from her pregnancy and delivery. 

The Duchess started her maternity leave on March 20, over a month before the birth of the new royal baby. 

Kate, who also went on maternity leave a month prior to Louis’ birth in 2018, and had a six-month break from royal duties to care after her child.  

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed their first child Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving Westiminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, their penultimate joint public appearance before the start of Meghan’s maternity leave

However after Prince George was born in 2013, the Duchess took just five weeks off, and her maternity leave for Princess Charlotte lasted four months.

Most working women in Britain are offered a year off for maternity leave, with their employers paying for part of the leave, and the government funding the rest. 

Although nothing has been confirmed, it is thought Meghan could take up to six months off to care for her firstborn.

The hardworking mother-to-be, who is passionate about charity work and was confirmed as the patron of four organisations earlier this year, is said to be attending the annual summit for One Young World in in October 2019.

Meghan Markle on her last public appearance before her maternity leave at New Zealand House on 19 March 2019. There was much speculation over when and how the baby would be born 

Royal baby name announcements 

Baby boys names odds 

Henry 33/1

Joseph 40/1

There is no royal tradition regarding revealing the name of a Royal baby. Kate Middleton and Prince William revealed Prince George’s name on July 24, 2013, two days after he was born.

With Princess Charlotte, they revealed her name on May 4, 2015 — also two days after her birth.

But it took five days for Prince Louis’ full name to be announced after his birth. 

As the gender of the royal baby was kept under wraps until it was born, speculation over the name is as rife as ever. 

Royal godparents  

In the past royal children have been given six godparents, announced during their christening. 

Rumours have begun swirling that Prince Harry and Meghan could choose individuals who are already godparents to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children.

Stylist Jessica Mulroney, model Misha Nonoo and Harry’s cousin Zara Tindall are among the names rumoured to become the godmothers to the royal baby. 

Meanwhile Harry’s ‘second father’ Mark Dyer, his close friend Nicholas Van Cutsem and his school friend Tom Inskip could all very well make the cut for godfather. 

Amal Clooney, a human right lawyer and the wife of actor George Clooney, could be one of the royal baby’s godparents. Pictured: Amal Clooney attends the People’s Postcode Lottery Charity Gala at McEwan Hall on March 14, 2019 in Edinburgh

 Nicholas Van Cutsem and his wife Alice are also in the running to become baby Sussex’s godparents. Pictured: The Van Cutsem on their wedding day on 14 August 2009

The fashion 

Many expectant mothers try not to splash out too much on maternity clothes that they might not wear again for a long time, if ever, but when you’re royal then you need a wardrobe to match the job.

And the Duchess of Sussex, 37, has certainly made sure her bump was well dressed throughout her first pregnancy, with her maternity outfits totting up to an eye-watering £514,000 ($675,000).

Researchers from fashion comparison website totted up the cost of 75 outfits Meghan has worn between early in her pregnancy in August to her final engagement before maternity leave at Westminster Abbey last week.

The calculations include estimates for some of the bespoke creations she has worn over recent months but not all, meaning the actual value could be much higher.

For a visit to a pet charity, Meghan opted for all cream including a £26 from H&M’s MAMA collection

Wearing an Oscar de la Renta cotton-twill coat worth £2,252, Meghan visited Smart Works in London in January

Layer up like Meghan in an oversized coat by Oscar de la Renta

The Duchess of Sussex’s first engagement of 2019 was a visit to Smart Works in London.

She chose a black midi dress by maternity brand Hatch for the occasion, teaming it with earrings by Kimai, another Victoria Beckham bag and a pair of perspex panel heels by Gianvito Rossi. But it was her coat that really caught our attention!

It’s by Oscar de la Renta, a label you might recall Meghan has turned to on several occasions. The oversized fit is super flattering, particularly with a growing baby bump, and the curved collar gives it something of a retro feel.

It’s available to buy now, so if you fancy splashing the cash then click (right) through to Farfetch.

Or check out the more budget-friendly oversized trench coats we’ve picked out for you in the edit below. This & Other Stories style is perfect for spring!

Pregnant Meghan Markle on January 30 in London. Throughout her pregnancy the Duchess wore some amazing outfits, like this nude ensemble from Brandon Maxwel. The outfit was worth a total of £4,641

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