Meghan Markle, 38, took a break from royal duties to care for her newborn son following baby Archie Harrison’s birth on May 6. While Prince Harry was back to work just days after baby Archie’s arrival, Meghan took four months of maternity leave to care for the tiny tot. The Duchess has announced she will officially return to work this Thursday spelling an end to her maternity leave.
How much maternity leave parents choose to take is a personal decision that is different for everyone.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 37, took considerably less time off following the birth of her first child George, six, than she did for her youngest Prince Louis, one.
Following Prince George’s birth, Kate took just one month’s maternity leave before she returned to work.
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After Prince Louis was born the Duchess took her longest maternity leave yet - seven months.
The mum-of-three is understood to have taken a longer break with Louis than with previous pregnancies because she wished to spend more time caring for all three of her children.
While Meghan has been busy in recent weeks her maternity does not officially end until September 12.
She will mark her return to work on September 12 when she attends a launch event for the charity clothing line she designed with her friend Misha Nonoo.
While the fashion line launch will be her first official work event since Archie’s birth, Meghan has had a very busy few weeks.
She joined Prince Harry at the Queen’s official birthday celebrations Trooping the Colour in June and attended the Lion King premiere in London on July 14.
The Duchess also had a huge hand in September’s issue of British Vogue, which she guest-edited.
While most of the work towards the magazine took place before Archie was born, you can imagine some final touches would have been made when Meghan was already a mum.
More recently Meghan has jetted off with Prince Harry and Archie for holidays in Ibiza and France.
She also took a solo trip to New York at the weekend to watch Serena Williams play in the US Open final.
Later this month the Sussex clan will head to Africa for a 10-day tour.
Meghan, Harry and baby Archie will touch down in South Africa on September 23.
While Prince Harry heads to Botswana and Angola, Malawi Meghan will carry out several royal visits in South Africa.
They will reunite in Johannesburg for the final days of the tour before heading back to Britain.