Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want ‘proper time off’ after birth of second baby

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Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry want to spend some "real quality time together" after their second child has been born, it has been reported.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed they are expecting once again in a sweet announcement on Valentine's Day earlier this year.

During last month's bombshell televised interview with American host Oprah Winfrey, they also shared the exciting news that their second child, who will be a younger sibling to Archie, will be a girl.

And now, Vanity Fair reports that the couple both plan to take some time off from their busy schedules and working life once the baby arrives.

"They will both take some proper time off," a friend is reported to have told the publication.

"It will be the summer and they want to make sure they both take their leave so they have some real quality time together once the baby arrives."

Page Six previously reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are preparing for the child to arrive at their plush home in Montecito, California.

The couple are said to have made the decision after planning to have their first child at Frogmore Cottage, but Meghan had to be rushed to a private hospital in London after Archie became a week overdue, giving birth on May 6, 2019.

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The Duke and Duchess are now living in a $14.5m (£10.6m) mansion, where they have a number of celebrities as neighbours.

Meghan is thought to prefer a home birth, but if she does have to go to hospital, Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara is reported to be the most likely destination.

Harry had suggested their daughter will be their last child in the sit-down with US television legend Oprah.

He said: "A girl, you know, what more can you ask for? But now, you know, now we’ve got our family."

Harry and Meghan were forced to obey royal protocol for the birth of Archie, now almost two years old, and pose for photos hours after he was born.

But now they have stepped back from official duties there is no such obligation – leaving it unclear how they will announce the news.

The couple are currently forging new lives in the US after quitting the Firm in March 2020.

Harry has landed a new job as an executive at BetterUp, a mental health charity, as well as a commissioner at the Aspen Institute.

The pair are also reported to have signed big-money deals with Netflix and Spotify.

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