How Is Meghan Markle Going To Spend Her Maternity Leave?

The Duke and Duchess could be waving goodbye to the UK

Meghan Markle's maternity leave is a subject of much debate in the press. As per Kate Middleton's example, it would be natural to expect the royal to retreat from all public duty, for a period of at least six months after the birth of her baby.

As we've seen countless times by now though, Meghan Markle is prone to bucking tradition, choosing instead to forge her own path, so why would her maternity leave be any different?

With rumours swirling that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be set to move to Africa after the birth of their first baby, it seems that the royal pair might be deviating from the norm by quite some way.

After a report by the Sunday Times suggested that the Duke and Duchess could be set to move to Africa for two years as part of a new royal job for Harry, Buckingham Palace have had to get involved.

Neither confirming nor denying the hearsay, the palace released the following statement:

'Any future plans for The Duke and Duchess are speculative at this stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles. The Duke will continue to fulfil his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.'

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However, it seems that the parents-to-be might have their own post-baby Africa plans.

According to Daily Mail royal reporter Rebecca English, Harry and Meghan will in fact be moving, but just for six months rather than two to three years, as the rumours had previously indicated.

English continues on to divulge that planning for the move is still in the "brainstorming" stage, [and] there have been no formal discussions outside the palace walls.'

Having reportedly fallen in love in Botswana, the couple have a strong tie to the continent in addition to the fact that Harry spent his gap year in Lesotho in 2004. As yet, the country that the couple will call home hasn't been specified.

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A source also revealed to English that the newlywed's move is 'more likely to involve them going somewhere for a couple of months, rather than moving somewhere. When you look at the Duke's focus on environmental issues, it's a great opportunity to go and work in a more in-depth way in one place.

'It's an invaluable chance to be on the ground and do some hands-on conservation work, rather than undertake the "traditional" royal tour model. The Sussexes don't have the constitutional constraints that William and Kate have, so they have a little more flexibility to explore and be creative, while being respectful of the constraints of the institution.'

And before you ask, no Harry and Meghan aren't trying to get away from Kate and Wills. The fab four continue!

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