Expect to see a bit less of Prince Harry in the weeks to come as the new father takes limited paternity leave following the recent birth of son Archie, his first child with wife Meghan Markle.
As Us Weekly reports, the Duke of Sussex, 34, will be scaling back his schedule to one engagement per week for the next month, which is said to be typical for new fathers in the royal family.
“The summer is going to be busy for him, but until mid-June, we won’t be seeing him more than once a week,” a source informs the magazine; Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former press spokesman, previously confirmed to Us Weekly that Harry’s schedule would be reduced in the weeks after the birth.
While Harry was seen attending the Royal Windsor Horse show with the Queen and Prince Philip on Saturday, May 11, the source tells Us Weekly that wasn’t an official engagement, simply “him going out with his grandparents.”
On Tuesday, Harry began the day by meeting with young patients at the Oxford Children’s Hospital in London, where a former patient gifted him with an adorable teddy bear for baby Archie.
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Today, The Duke of Sussex visited Oxford to highlight the positive work being done in the city for young children, disabled people and the community at large. The Duke started his day meeting young patients at the Oxford Children’s Hospital. In 2016 at the @WellChild Awards, The Duke promised awardee Mikayla Beames he would visit her at hospital. Today, HRH was able to fulfill that promise and spend time with Mikayla and other patients and their families, along with the some of the extraordinary staff and teachers in the Hospital School who are on hand to support the young patients as they continue their studies whilst in hospital. Afterwards, The Duke of Sussex, in celebration of its 30th year, re-opened the OXSRAD Disability Sports and Leisure Centre, a facility first opened by his mother, Diana Princess of Wales in 1989. His Royal Highness felt honoured to pay tribute to her work and meet some of the people his mother met 30 years ago. This centre supports people with disabilities through sport and physical exercise – an area The Duke is particularly passionate about. HRH has seen the transformative effect sports, teamwork and exercise can have on people, not just physically but also for their mental fitness. The Duke’s final stop was at Barton Neighbourhood Centre to see the work of Thrive Teams, an initiative that supports at risk youth with access to education and employment. The Barton Centre includes a cafe, doctor’s office, sports hall, local police centre and food bank. The team there save nearly one tonne of food per day from being wasted and whip up some incredible meals for those that can’t afford to sustain themselves. Serving as a hub for this close-knit community, where 1 in 4 grow up in child poverty, this centre truly is a lifeline for its roughly 5,000 residents, but also an example of what can be achieved when we all come together.
As Arbiter, 79, told the magazine in March, royal “paternity leave” is “a modern thing,” one more way in which the younger generation of royals are breaking with tradition.
“Prince William did it for his children and Harry’s going to do it for his, when his child is born,” he said. “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.”
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex is expected to resume her own schedule of royal engagements as soon as is feasible.
According to a source, Duchess Meghan “plans to return to work as soon as possible. She came into the royal family with so many goals and plans on forging ahead.”
The couple welcomed son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6.