If you live in the UK and you are an employed pregnant woman you have the right to be on maternity leave for an entire year. This rule is the same for the members of the royal family. The maternity leave is split into two categories, there are 26 weeks of standard maternity leave and then an additional 26 weeks if you need more time. Are you wondering how long will Meghan Markle be on her maternity leave, you will find out now?
How long was Kate Middleton’s maternity leave?
Prince William and Kate Middleton now have three children, Prince George Alexander Louis, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, and Prince Louis Arthur Charles. And the time Kate spent on her maternity leave was different for each child.
When they got their first child in 2013, Kate was back to her royal duties only six weeks after the birth of her first son. When she gave birth to Princess Charlotte in 2015, she returned to her Duchess duties after four months. But the longest leave was after her last child, Prince Louis. She was on a leave for five months. She was enjoying her life with her family and her three children. She was on her maternity leave, but she still managed to attend the Price Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. That means that royals still can attend some events if they want, even when they are on maternity leave.
And what about Meghan Markle?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will welcome their first child in late April. Some experts say that she may take an entire year for her leave. But she will continue her royal duties just up until the royal baby is born. Some say that she will take extended leave because needs some time for herself and Harry and she needs the time to relax. She had a rough entry into the royal life, and this will be the perfect time to take some time for herself and fight the stress.
And what about other royals?
Other female members of the royal family that had their maternity leave are Princess Anna, who took almost six months after she gave birth to her son, Peter Philips. And after the birth of her second child, Zara Tindall, she was on maternity leave for ten months.
The late Princess Diana was on maternity leave for eight months when she gave birth to Prince William in June 1982. And when she gave birth to her second son, Harry she took around six months off.
When Lady Louise Windsor was born her mother Countess Sophie of Wessex was on a leave for eight months.
Daughter of Princess Ana, Zara Tindall had her first child in January 2014, Mia Tindall. And she was on a leave for only three months. The second time she gave birth to her second daughter, Lena Tindall, she was on a leave for four months.
And the royal who had the longest maternity leave is, of course, Queen Elizabeth II herself. She was on a leave for more than a year, eighteen months, when Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were born.