Meghan Markle to begin maternity leave ‘in four weeks’ time’ ahead of baby girl’s June arrival

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby girl is set to arrive in early June, according to reports.

The royal couple announced their happy news in February, before revealing the baby's sex during their controversial Oprah Winfrey interview a month later.

Meghan, 39, is set to begin her maternity leave in four weeks' time, the Sunday Telegraph reports, before giving birth in June.

As Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan currently live in California, the baby girl will be the first of the Queen's great-grandchildren to be born outside the UK.

The couple welcomed their first child, Archie in May 2019. Meghan has since been open about their struggles to conceive and in her interview with Oprah, the star said she and Harry have no plans to have more children after the second baby is born.

As Meghan has entered her third trimester, she is unable to fly to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday.

However, the Duchess of Sussex has reportedly also said she does not want to return to the UK as "she doesn’t want to be the centre of attention."

A source told the Daily Mail: “Meghan said her main concern right now is supporting Harry. She said she left it up to him as to whether or not she would attend the funeral.

“Meghan said it’s during these times when families should come together, put their differences aside and unite as one. She said this is what Prince Philip would want and that she’s willing to forgive and move forward.”

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The royal couple have shared two tribute to the late Prince Philip, with fans claiming the first lacked emotion.

They posted the tribute on the homepage of their non-profit organisation, Archewell. It read: “In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921 – 2021. Thank you for your service … You will be greatly missed.”

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Prince Harry later used Instagram to share a more personal tribute to his late grandfather.

He wrote: “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm – and also because you never know what he might say next.

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“He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or a grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter and cheeky right ‘til the end.”

The Prince continued: “He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!”

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