Prince Harry Will Take Paternity Leave, Queen Elizabeth II’s Former Spokesman Says

Prince Harry Will Take a Paternity Leave, Queen Elizabeth II’s Former Spokesperson Says
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrives to take part in a tree planting project in support of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) initiative, together with the Woodland Trust at St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School on March 20, 2019 in Acton, England. Karwai Tang/WireImage

Doting dad! Queen Elizabeth II’s former press spokesman Dickie Arbiter tells Us Weekly exclusively why Prince Harry will be taking paternity leave.

“It’s a modern thing,” Arbiter, 79, explains to Us. “Prince William did it for his children and Harry’s going to do it for his, when his child is born. I mean, the older generation didn’t do it. The older generation just got on with it. But it’s a new thing. People do it, William did it and Harry is going to do it.”

He added: “[The length] depends on him. I would have thought no more than about two or three weeks.”

Harry, 34, and Meghan Markle, 37, confirmed in January that they are expecting to welcome their first child together in late April or early May.

The couple announced that they had a baby on the way in October 2018. “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the spring of 2019,” the Kensington Palace statement read at the time. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

While the royal pair haven’t announced the gender of their little one, a source exclusively told Us last month that Meghan and Harry know the gender of their baby.

When it comes to raising the newborn, the Duke of Sussex wants to establish a new normal, a source told Us exclusively just after their pregnancy reveal. “[He] grew up with the entire world watching his every move, which has made him very private and somewhat resentful of the role he was born into,” the insider said. “He does not want that for his own children.”

With reporting by Emily Marcus

For access to all our exclusive celebrity videos and interviews – Subscribe on YouTube!