Duchess Meghan to take three months maternity leave

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will only take three months of maternity leave after she gives birth to her first child.

The 37-year-old former actress is expecting her first child with husband Prince Harry any day now, and although she has the opportunity to take a full year away from royal duties in order to care for her tot, sources say she’s planning just three months off before she heads back to work.

Meghan – who was known as Meghan Markle before joining the royal family in May last year – finished her official royal duties six weeks ago but continues to work behind the scenes with various charities, and reportedly wants to return to public life in time for Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday in June.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “Meghan has made it very clear she wants to return to work as soon as possible. She has huge amounts of energy, is extremely determined and wants to be as hands-on as possible with her charities.

 

“Nothing has been written into her diary just yet, as she wants to wait and see how she feels after having the baby. She’s pencilled in three months, but she’ll most likely return to public life in six weeks – on the Queen’s official birthday, Trooping the Colour, in June.

“Three months’ maternity is standard in the US for American mums – they don’t normally get the six or even 12 months women get here in the UK. So this is totally normal for Meghan.”

Prince Harry, 34, is also planning on taking paternity leave, though it isn’t known how long he plans on being away from royal duties.

Meanwhile, it was recently claimed Meghan has been “nesting” with £60 scented candles from luxury brand Diptyque in her and Harry’s new home at Frogmore Cottage.

A source said: “Meghan has really been struck with the nesting impulse in the last few weeks. She loves the candles and the cottage smells divine.”

 

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Serena Williams: Duchess Meghan’s baby shower was a ‘lot of effort’

Serena Williams says it took “a lot of effort” to plan Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s baby shower.

The 37-year-old tennis star has been friends with the former actress – who was known as Meghan Markle before marrying Prince Harry last year – for several years and took on the task of planning her baby shower back in February for the tot she’s expecting any day now, and has now revealed the party was a lot more pressure than she’d first thought.

Speaking to Business of Fashion, she said: “Planning something like that takes a lot of effort. I’m a perfectionist, so I’m like, ‘Let’s make it perfect.'”

Serena – who has a 19-month-old daughter of her own named Alexis Olympia – threw Meghan’s shower at The Mark Hotel, where guests were treated to a flower-arranging class and plenty of delicious food.

The sporting superstar invited the likes of Amal Clooney, Gayle King, Jessica Mulroney, Misha Nonoo, and Abigail Spencer to the event.

Meanwhile, Serena recently insisted the Duchess will make a great mother when her first child is born in the near future.

 

She said: “She’ll be the best mom, for sure.”

And the star even shared some of her tips on coping with parenthood for the first time, saying she had to learn to “go with the flow” and adapt to living day-to-day without too much planning to avoid causing unnecessary stress.

Serena added: “Accept mistakes and don’t expect to be perfect. We put so much pressure on ourselves.

“I had all those high expectations and what I was going to do and then I had what I was going to do.

“I was gonna recover and I was gonna be great, and this is a time that everything is not going to go as planned.

“My whole life is so planned and this is the one time where it wasn’t. You just gotta go with the flow.”

 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry embrace Good Life with Frogmore Cottage vegetable plot

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have installed an organic vegetable garden at their new home in Frogmore Cottage , sources claim.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be able to grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables at the Grade II-listed cottage.

The cottage was gifted by the Queen last year, with Kensington Palace confirming them to be the new residents, saying Windsor was a ‘very special place’ for the couple.

Meghan is said ‘very involved in the renovation project and wanted the final design to be perfect’, according to a royal source.

“Workers have been working around the clock since January to ensure that the cottage is completed to a very high standard with some rather interesting and unique features,” the source said.

Located near the Windsor Castle, the Queen’s residence, the royal couple will be able to live country life away from the hustle and bustle of London with their first child.

It’s said the cottage includes provision in the design to reduce outside noise and high-quality interior furnishings.

 

With the all-inclusive vegetable garden, the pair can easily cook home-grown produce.

The source said: “The Duchess also has a passion for cooking so it was suggested to include a small plot in the spacious garden where they can grow some of their own produce.

“The last minute design changes caused the Duke and Duchess’s move in date to be delayed.

“But they were extremely patient.”

Plans for the multi-million-pound renovation were approved by Royal Maidenhead and Windsor Borough Council in December after asking for permission for “internal and external works […] and associated landscaping”.

However, no further details have been revealed on the council’s planing page due to ‘sensitive information’ that cannot be made public.

Frogmore Cottage was built in the 18th century for Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III.

Queen Charlotte used the property as a countryside retreat for herself and her unmarried daughters.

Queen Victoria had breakfast at the cottage in 1875 and said it was a place with an “immense number of frogs” which she found “quite disgusting”.

Kensington Palace declined to comment.

 

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Duchess of Sussex embarks on makeshift maternity leave as she scales back public work ahead of baby

The Duchess of Sussex may have carried out her last official public engagement before the arrival of her baby, with no other appearances currently in the diary.

The Duchess, who is around eight months pregnant, joined the Royal Family at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, after visiting Canada House with the Duke.

There are currently no further engagements in her diary, although sources said they could not entirely rule out a hastily-arranged appearance if the right invitation came up and the Duchess was feeling well.

She will continue to hold private meetings.

 

 

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On Wednesday, the Duchess held a meeting at Kensington Palace with the Royal National Theatre’s artistic director Rufus Norris and executive director Lisa Burger.

She is believed to be around six weeks away from the arrival of her first child, which she has said is due in late April or early May.

Meghan and Harry’s baby will be seventh in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s eighth great-grandchild.

Speaking about the impending arrival, Meghan told Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns last week when he asked about her pregnancy: “We’re nearly there.”

They met at a Buckingham Palace reception to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Prince of Wales’s investiture.

 

 

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