Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Announce Parental Leave After the Birth of Their Daughter

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ready to spend some quality time as a family of four. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially announced that they will be on parental leave.

Over the weekend, the couple revealed that they had welcomed their second child together in a personal statement on their Archewell foundation website.

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Part of the message read: “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world...This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”

Of course, we were originally focused on all of the details of the birth announcement we almost didn't make it to the end of the statement, which included a footnote that revealed that the couple is taking parental leave.

It read, “While the Duke and Duchess are on parental leave, Archewell will continue to do important work and publish stories on the site. We look forward to seeing you!”

While we don’t know exactly what this parental leave means for the couple, we imagine they will both be stepping back from their work for a period of time (although we don’t know for how long either).

As Town & Country points out, after the birth of their son Archie, Meghan Markle took an estimated four months of maternity leave, while Prince Harry, who was allowed two weeks per the U.K. guidelines followed by the royal fam, was back to business after just a few days.

Enjoy your time off with Lili and Archie, you two.

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