Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently became parents for the second time; in their family on June 4, a girl was born, who was named Lilibet “Lily” Diana. For the care of the child in the first weeks of life-the young father decided to devote all his time to his daughter.
Prince Harry announced his decision to take maternity leave on the website of the Archewell Foundation — a non-profit organization that Harry runs together with his wife Meghan. All employees of this company who have become parents are entitled to leave for up to 20 weeks. Even new dads.
In the United Kingdom, as in America, maternity leave for fathers is a common practice: however, the period is less — no more than two weeks. But if at the time when the couple’s first son, Archie, was born, Harry was still actively performing the functions of a member of the royal family and did not interrupt work, then this time, he decided to enjoy fatherhood to the fullest.
“By taking Harry on parental leave with Meghan, they are demonstrating that caring for children is a shared responsibility. It’s a modern family,” NBC’s royal commentator, Daisy McAndrew, told TODAY.
She also noted that by their act, Harry and Meghan want to clearly show that during the birth of the baby, both parents should support and help each other, remain a team. Recall that Lilibet became the first member of the British royal family to appear outside of the UK. But her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, had already met her great-granddaughter. However, so far only by video link. After the scandalous interview with Oprah Winfrey, relations between the Windsors are returning to normal — and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, after giving up royal privileges and security, successfully continue to build their independent lives in the United States.