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When Will Meghan Markle Start Maternity Leave?

Start the Royal Baby Countdown: Meghan Markle's Officially Done With Public Appearances

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (R) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) attend a reception to mark the 50th Anniversary of the investiture of The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in London on March 5, 2019. - The Queen hosted a reception to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the investiture of Britain's Prince Charles, her son, as the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles was created The Prince of Wales aged 9 on July 26th 1958 and was formally invested with the title by Her Majesty The Queen on July 1st 1969 at Caernarfon Castle. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite the fact that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have seemingly barely sat down during the last few months – hello, NYC baby shower and 16-day royal tour! — the Duchess of Sussex has officially taken a step back from the limelight to prepare for her April due date.

According to People, although Meghan has no public appearances scheduled on the royal calendar, she's still attending a few small meetings. "There are plenty of private meetings taking place," said a source. "If she is to do something public it would be announced, but there are none that are scheduled." As a matter of fact, Meghan met with two representatives from the National Theatre — one of her patronages — at Kensington Palace on March 13.

Though Meghan is still taking a handful of private meetings, she will likely take a few months of maternity leave once the child is born. In the United Kingdom, women can take up to 52 weeks of maternity leave and are actually required to take two full weeks after they give birth — or four weeks if they work in a factory. Prince Harry is also allegedly taking two weeks of paternity leave to help with the new baby, so she certainly won't be going at motherhood alone. We seriously can't wait to see the couples' new bundle of joy!

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