Harry ‘may take 5-month parental leave’ as he and Meghan can ‘do what they want’

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Prince Harry could take up to five months of paternity leave after the birth of his daughter, it has been claimed.

He and Meghan Markle welcomedLilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor into the world on Friday, June 4.

In a statement announcing her birth, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also confirmed they would be taking parental leave from joint charity Archewell.

Journalist Omid Scobie, who wrote Harry and Meghan biography Finding Freedom, believes their absence could be as long as 20 weeks.

He told Good Morning America: “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 – it'll be several months off work for the pair of them."

Back in the UK, new dads typically get just two weeks off.

Having left the monarchy, one royal expert said the couple can essentially do "what they want when they want".

Richard Fitzwilliams told The Sun: "That’s one benefit of quitting the institution.

"They can take 40 weeks if they choose but it also depends what is meant by 'leave'.

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"For example, Harry will be attending the statue unveiling of his mother on July 1 in London so we will still be seeing and hearing from them.

"That said, there might be some who will be hoping not to hear anything controversial from Harry and Meghan for 20 weeks."

It comes after Brits were offered a peek at Meghan’s new book, set to be published in the UK on Wednesday, June 9.

The Bench, inspired by a poem she wrote for Harry on Father’s Day, will explore the "special bond between father and son as seen through a mother’s eyes".

The book, which has already been released in Australia before its UK launch tomorrow, features illustrations ofHarry andArchie feeding their chickens while the duchess sits in the garden with her dogs.

Brand and reputation management expert Eric Schiffer told the Daily Star that he doesn't think it will be well received in the UK.

He said: "The children’s book gives the Sussex brand a US boost since many American families want a piece of royalty in their home and will spend.

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"But UK consumers could care less about Markle’s career moves.

"Markle could have invented the first Covid vaccine in England and citizens would have shunned it like her and Harry are seen to have turned their backs on theQueen.

"The deal is probably worth under a million to two with ancillary tie-ins."

  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Harry
  • Royal Family

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