Prince Harry to take five-month paternity leave after birth of baby Lilibet

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Prince Harry is set to take five months of paternity leave following the birth of his daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, according to reports.

The 36 year old will take a step back from work commitments to focus on life as a family of four with wife Meghan Markle, two year old son Archie and their sweet newborn in sunny California.

According to The Sun, Meghan is also said to be taking the same amount of time to care for their children, which echoes the parental leave offered by the couple's Archewell foundation.

Journalist Omid Scobie, the pair's biographer, said: "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 (their foundation). It'll be several months off work for the pair of them."

Harry's paternity leave compares to just a fortnight off for new dads in the UK.

Harry and Meghan's approach differs from the royal family's, as working members of the family can retur to their duties within weeks of their children being born.

Harry's brother Prince William, 38, took between two to three weeks off following the birth of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and only two days after Prince Louis' arrival.

Meanwhile, Kate Middleton took one month off for George, four for daughter Charlotte and seven months off for her third child, Louis.

Harry and Meghan revealed they had welcomed their daughter Lilibet Diana on Sunday, when they issued a statement revealing that the baby was born on Friday 4 June in Santa Barbara, California, at 11.40am, weighing 7lb 11oz.

They announced the new arrival's name as Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, with Lilibet picked in honour of the affectionate family nickname for her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen.

The baby's middle name is a touching tribute to Princess Diana, who sadly died in 1997.

Despite stepping down senior royal life with wife Meghan last year, Harry has always said his relationship with the Queen has remained strong.

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