Prince Harry is to take two weeks of paternity leave because ‘he thinks it’s a very modern Dad thing to do’.

Meghan now has no scheduled public engagements ahead of her due date, but is still holding private meetings.

She has kept the exact due date private, but Meghan told well-wishers on a day trip to Birkenhead in January that her due date was the end of April or the beginning of May.

A friend of Harry’s told the Express, ‘He doesn’t need to take paternity leave because he doesn’t work in the way most people do, but he thinks it’s a very modern dad thing to do.’

Harry’s royal duties are funded by the Queen and the Prince of Wales.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘I’m sure Her Majesty will accommodate a break from duties.’

The duchess has kept busy in the months leading up to the birth, and pressed on with her plan to hit the ground running in her new life as a royal by announcing her first four patronages.

In January, Meghan became patron of the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, animal welfare organisation Mayhew and Smart Works which provides high-quality interview clothes and training for unemployed women in need.

On a visit to Smart Works in north Kensington, London, she championed the power of women supporting each other, adding: “It’s not just about donating your clothes and seeing where they land – but really being part of each other’s success stories as women.”

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