March 17, 2019:The Duchess of Sussex’s two events on Monday, to mark Commonwealth Day, could have been the last time the public will catch a glimpse of Meghan her child is born.
Meghan, who is due to give birth in April, is expected to still hold private meetings before the baby’s birth but does not have any upcoming official engagements scheduled.
She stepped out for events like Harry and Meghan’s wedding and Trooping the Colour shortly after Louis’s birth but took time off from official royal engagements, just as she did after the births of her older two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Kate made her first public solo appearance nearly eight months after Louis’s birth, in October of last year.
Prince William took more defined paternity leave after the births of Goerge and Charlotte because he was working as a helicopter pilot at the time.
After George’s birth, William was granted two weeks leave from his role as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot through statutory paternity leave, which Britain implemented in 2003. When Charlotte was born in 2015, William took nearly six weeks of paternity leave after finishing his air ambulance training and exams early.
Because the royal family has no set guidelines, it is up to Meghan and Harry to decide the amount of leave they take.
Fathers in the U.K. are entitled to two weeks of paid paternity leave.
Meghan maintained a busy pace of engagements throughout her pregnancy.
Meghan also announced her first royal patronages during her pregnancy and made visits to each of the four charities.