Friday 20 July 2018

Kate Middleton 'taking extended maternity leave with Prince Louis after returning to work too soon with older children'

The Duke of Cambridge holds the hand of his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, as he carries their newborn son from the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London
The Duke of Cambridge holds the hand of his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, as he carries their newborn son from the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London
Royal brood: Will and Kate’s family has now become five with the arrival of their new baby boy. Photo: PA
Princess Charlotte arriving at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London to see her new sibling
Britain's Prince William arrives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte after his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son, in London, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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Kate Middleton will be taking a longer maternity leave with her third child Prince Louis after going back to royal work "too soon" following the birth of her two old children.

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge (36) welcomed baby Louis earlier this month and was appearing at event one month before. As has become customary, she appeared alongside husband Prince William for a photocall introducing the new arrival to the world just hours after giving birth and she is currently at her 22-room home at Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace.

It's been a busy few weeks for the new parents, are also today are celebrating daughter Princess Charlotte's third birthday.

Kate is said to be extending her leave an additional few months to spend as much time as possible with her new family before returning to her royal duties, after feeling that she returned too quickly to public life after giving birth to Prince George (five), when she opened a marathon six weeks later and with Princess Charlotte, after two months.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London

She will be appearing at brother-in-law Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19 and both her older children are said to be playing crucial roles as flowergirl and pageboy, and will then be splitting her time between the Palace and their home Amner Hall in Norfolk.

Kate and William are said to be "very happy" with three children and already old pros at parenting, relying on a carefully chosen inner circle for support - that of Spanish nanny Maria Borrallo and Kate's mother Carole, who is always by her daughter's side after giving birth.

The Duke of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte arriving at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London where the Duke's third child was born on Monday
The Duke of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte arriving at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London where the Duke's third child was born on Monday
Royal brood: Will and Kate’s family has now become five with the arrival of their new baby boy. Photo: PA
Royal brood: Will and Kate’s family has now become five with the arrival of their new baby boy. Photo: PA

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