For women who become mothers, there’s a compelling need to balance work and children, a pressure to try to do everything. And apparently the Duchess of Sussex is feeling that pressure. It’s been just over a month since Archie was born, and the new mom reportedly had a tough time leaving him for her first royal engagement this past weekend.
“She has spent almost every moment with him and saying goodbye was very difficult,” an inside source told Us Weekly. “But Meghan truly wanted to be at the celebration for the Queen.” It’s believed that the Sussexes did not leave Archie with Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, but rather, with a new nanny they recently hired. But, according to an insider, just because Meghan and Harry have help and she managed to get away from Archie for a bit, that doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing more of Meg. The Trooping was simply a one-off, and mat-leave is still on. Luckily for the Duchess, she has sister-in-law Kate to look to for inspiration in this new phase of her life.
“The Duchess is still on maternity leave and will not be returning to full time work until the fall,” the insider told Vanity Fair. “She’s mirroring what the Duchess of Cambridge did on her maternity leave. You’ll probably see her at a few engagements but she won’t be back to work properly until later in the year.” The Trooping was about honouring the Queen, and was one of the few events at which Meghan would be making an appearance, as she is going to continue to enjoy and relish this time she has with her son. Following Kate’s lead makes a lot of sense, the mom of three clearly has experience in this area.
Meghan may have been missing Archie but she did manage to get in some kiddo time with the other royal children who were on the Buckingham Palace balcony, and “throughout the day” played with many of them, according to Us‘ source. “Meghan loved seeing all the other royal children and was doting on them.” The source added that Meg has “always been great with kids, but seemed to gravitate to them more” this past weekend. Aw, we get it.
Meghan’s attendance was in question until the actual morning of the Trooping. Her last “public” appearance was at Windsor Castle where she and Harry showed off baby Archie to the world. Harry, meanwhile, has taken leave from their home, Frogmore Cottage, for various engagements, including travelling to Amsterdam three days after Archie’s birth to launch the next Invictus Games in The Hague, as well as an overnight stay in Italy for a charity polo match. But it wasn’t easy for him either.
“Harry left for Italy and it was very difficult for him to leave Archie and Meghan,” a source told Us. “He wants to spend every second he can with them.” Maybe he can take notes from Kate too. Paternity leave until fall? Sounds like a treat.