The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are striking out on their own — sort of. As of Thursday, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (née Markle) and Prince Harry officially live in Frogmore Cottage at Windsor Castle. The new royal residence is an upgrade on their old space at Kensington Palace which they shared with Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and will provide them lots of room to grow their family and their newly-minted social media accounts, which debuted earlier this week.
With Baby Sussex due to make an appearance any day now, the added space at Frogmore Cottage (10 rooms as opposed to just two) will offer Meghan and Harry the space they need to raise their child, likely with the help of Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who’s believed to be moving in with the royal couple at least temporarily to help in the months after the baby’s birth.
It’s also been suggested that Prince Harry will take paternity leave following the baby’s birth, at least according to standard practice. Earlier this week, royal correspondent Katie Nicholl told Time magazine that it is customary for royal fathers to take a two-week break from responsibilities after the birth of a new child.
“It is quite normal for royal fathers to take paternity leave,” Nicholl said. “Certainly with the modern royals, it is just very much something they do.”
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Today The Duke of Sussex met with families, children and young adults at @Ymcaenglandandwales in South Ealing as a continuation of his dedicated work in the mental health space. “There continues to be huge progress in smashing the stigma that surrounds mental health, but let’s keep normalising the conversation. Let’s keep reminding each other that it’s okay to not be okay, and to listen to each other. After all, how we think determines how we act, how we feel, and how we treat ourselves and those around us.” -The Duke of Sussex. It takes courage, strength and honesty, but talking through your mental health issues often becomes the key to dealing with them. Just like physical exercise, which we all know is good for us; we have to care for our minds as much as we do for our bodies. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. It is a part of all of us. Have an unashamed conversation on how you feel, be empowered to share your story and you will see you are not alone. For more information visit @heads_together. – 📷Royal Communications / PA
Meanwhile, Meghan is reportedly already planning her return to work. In the interim, there’s a question of whether the soon-to-be mom is considering a home birth, as reported by Vanity Fair, or if she’ll deliver at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital like Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the late Princess Diana. If she does, another imperative question remains: will Meghan eschew the royal tradition of birthday photos on the steps of the hospital wing?