The real reason Prince Harry & Meghan Markle cut short ‘5-month’ parental leave

A ROYAL expert has revealed the “real reason” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are cutting short their “five month” parental leave – and it has everything to do with cash.

Earlier this week, the couple’s preferred reporter Omid Scobie – who co-authored the biography Finding Freedom – claimed they are “thriving” and “really excited” about their busy schedule.


The couple welcomed their daughter Lilibet in June and have been on shared on parental leaveCredit: The Mega Agency

“They’re a couple who do very well in those moments of human interaction. They need to be on the ground,” Scobie told PEOPLE.

Following the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in June, it was claimed the Duke and Duchess wanted to “lead by example” by taking shared parental leave of up to 20 weeks.

However, royal expert Phil Dampier – who wrote Royally Suited : Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words – says the couple’s early return from their parental leave could also be financially motivated.

The expert told Fabulous: “I thought Harry and Meghan were taking five months off but it seems they are coming back to work much earlier.

“I’m sure they will want to get out and about and meet people, make speeches to live audiences and get stuck into the causes they believe in.

“During the pandemic, like everyone else, they have been restricted to Zoom calls and it rather made their pronouncements look a bit staged and repetitive.”

“So they will both want to have human contact. Harry was always at his best meeting people, interacting with them, particularly children.”

What’s more, the expert highlighted how the couple’s decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family means they have to continue finding new sources of income.

The expert continued: “They will want to look after their young family, but they will want to find more projects and of course make some money.

“They need to pay for their own security and staff and the bills keep coming so they are now stuck on a treadmill to some extent.

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“Now that they are not bound by royal protocol or schedules they can do what they like and support any cause they like, as they have been doing.

“If I was doing their PR I would tell them not to spread themselves too thinly and get involved in too many projects, and rather concentrate on  a couple of issues.

“It will be interesting to see if they do many joint jobs or appear separately on some occasions.”

Royal expert Phil Dampier says the couple's early return from parental leave could be financially motivated


Royal expert Phil Dampier says the couple’s early return from parental leave could be financially motivatedCredit: PA

Since stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family, Prince Harry and Meghan have reportedly signed a number of multimillion-dollar streaming and publishing deals.

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