Meghan ‘won’t return to full-time work until autumn’ despite Trooping outing

Meghan Markle was glowing at the Trooping the Colour celebration on Saturday, just over a month after she gave birth to baby Archie.

But that may be the first and last engagement for a while for the Duchess of Sussex, who won't actually be returning to work full time until autumn, according to sources.

Meghan, 37, is currently on maternity leave following the birth of son Archie on May 6th and noticeably missed meeting President Trump last week on his state visit.

But she still took some time away from the little royal to accompany Prince Harry to the annual Trooping the Colour engagement at Buckingham Palace.

Her appearance led many to assume Meghan will now be returning to public duties but this is not the case, a royal source has said.

According to reports, the royal source told Vanity Fair that the Duchess will remain on maternity leave 'until the autumn'.

But she is expected to follow the lead of Kate Middleton and attend a 'few engagements' over the coming months, just like the Duchess of Cambridge did last summer after the birth of Prince Louis in April last year.

The source added: "It was important to her [the Duchess of Sussex] to be at Trooping today out of respect to the Queen.

"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."

Before Saturday's appearance, the Duchess of Sussex was last seen at Windsor Castle after Archie's birth, where she and Harry held a photocall to introduce their son to the world.


The Trooping the Colour celebration, which officially marks the Queen's birthday, marked the second time Meghan has attended.

Saturday also marked 14-month-old Prince Louis's first appearance.

He was seen waving excitedly on the balcony alongside his brother Prince George, sister Princess Charlotte and royal relatives.

It is thought Meghan may follow in sister-in-law Kate's footsteps, who only made a handful of appearances while on maternity leave with Prince Louis.

Kensington Palace have never officially announced how long the Duchess of Sussex's maternity leave will last.

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