‘Modern dad’ Prince Harry is planning to take two full weeks of paternity leave

Prince Harry has reportedly revealed he will be taking his two full weeks of paternity leave when his first child is born.

According to a friend of the 34-year-old royal, Harry wants to be perceived as a “modern dad.”

“He doesn’t need to take paternity leave because he doesn’t work in the way most people do, but he thinks it’s a very modern dad thing to do,” the friend told the Express.

Prince Harry is planning to be a ‘modern dad’ and take two weeks paternity leave
Prince Harry is planning to take paternity leave when his first child arrives. Source: Kensington Palace

‘Modern dad’ Prince Harry vows to take two weeks paternity leave

We’re sure this decision comes as some relief for his 37-year-old wife Meghan Markle.

What’s more, it’s being reported that Harry’s grandma, Queen Elizabeth, is happy for him to take paternity leave.

“I’m sure Her Majesty will accommodate a break from duties,” a royal aide told the publication.

In Australia, an eligible working dad or partner will receive up to two weeks of government-funded pay. Parental Leave Pay is currently $719.35 per week before tax. This is based on the weekly rate of the national minimum wage.


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How much time did Prince William take off after his children were born?

Harry’s brother Prince William took time off from work when Prince George was born in 2013. According to Hello! magazine, both he and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, took time off official duties to spend with their first born.

Prince Harry is planning to be a ‘modern dad’ and take two weeks paternity leave
Prince William and Kate Middleton with their children. Source: Kensington Palace

The couple are also reported to have done the same thing when Princess Charlotte was born in 2015.

However, William only took a few days off when Prince Louis was born in April 2018. He was seen at royal official engagements two days after his third child’s birth.

William was able to enjoy some family time… over Easter and with the Prince of Wales already incredibly busy with overseas tours and Harry in full wedding preparation mode, it makes sense for him to carry out engagements,” says Emily Nash, royal correspondent for Hello! magazine.

Meanwhile, it looks like Harry is getting in some parenting duties before the birth of his first child.

The royal has been made godfather to his cousin Zara Tindall’s ten-month-old daughter Lena.

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