THE BIRTH of Meghan Markle's baby is still to be announced, but we already know how much maternity leave she is set to take.
Yesterday, it was exclusively revealed by The Sun that the Duchess of Sussex plans to spend just three months off with her baby – however Kate Middleton actually took even less time before returning to her royal duties.
Royal mums are entitled to around six months maternity leave – double 37-year-old Meghan's expected 12 weeks when her firstborn arrives any day now, which is standard in the United States.
However, following the birth of Prince Louis in April last year, the Duchess of Cambridge, 37, made an exception to the royal tradition to attend two royal events.
Just weeks after her third child arrived, the Duchess made an appearance at Trooping the Colour, the Queen's official birthday.
She was also seen attending Meghan and Harry's wedding at Windsor Castle in May, just before that, but it was a "family affair" rather than an official engagement.
Kate was also seen at official events in the weeks after the births of both Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
A month after the arrival of her eldest in July 2013, Kate attended the Ring O’Fire Anglesey Costal Ultra Marathon.
She also made an appearance at Trooping of the Colour in June 2015 – a month after Princess Charlotte was born.
"It is traditional for new royal mums to take a six-month break from official engagements," Duncan Larcombe, the royal biographer, told Harpers Bazaar Online, when asked about her maternity leave with Louis.
"The wedding doesn’t count because it was a ‘family affair’ but other than that, she will pick and choose her engagements.
"If she wanted, Kate could disappear into the background until October!"
The Duchess announced her return from maternity leave in September and made her first appearance in October.
She visited Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground.
Meghan – who finished official royal duties six weeks ago – could have taken up to a year off.
But a royal source said: “Meghan has made it very clear she wants to return to work as soon as possible.
"She has huge amounts of energy, is extremely determined and wants to be as hands-on as possible with her charities."
Earlier today, we told you how Meghan Markle won't meet President Donald Trump during his state visit in June, a royal expert predicts.
Yesterday, we revealed how Prince William's concerns over the Duchess of Sussex "went down quite badly" with Prince Harry, claims a royal biographer.
And Piers Morgan has blasted Meghan and harry for "wasting taxpayers money on Africa move" to escape "rift" with Kate and Wills.
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