Meghan Markle May Break Her Maternity Leave for One Special Event (Video)
On May 6, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to her first child. Just a few days later Meghan and her husband Prince Harry introduced their baby, a boy named Archie, to the world.
Since then, Meghan has remained on maternity leave. And she will likely remain off-duty for several more months as royal protocol allows for up to six months of maternity leave. But, thanks to one upcoming high-profile event, fans may be getting a rare glimpse of the Duchess sooner than expected.
On June 8, the United Kingdom will celebrate the royal Trooping of the Colour parade in honor of the Queen’s birthday. And, because this event is such a big deal, many royal watchers are betting Meghan makes a quick appearance.
As Travel + Leisure previously explained, the event may be in celebration of the Queen, but it’s not technically her birthday. That day falls on April 21.
But, her second birthday is all about royal tradition. You see, all British monarchs have celebrated their birthdays twice a year for more than 260 years. Why? Because they like to celebrate their birthdays when the weather is nicer.
As TIME also explained, the Trooping the Colour event is not only a celebration of the Queen but also a reflection of the military units displayed at the event.
“Over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together each June in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare to mark The Queen's official birthday,” the official royal site explains of the event. It’s “a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare.”
As for why so many people believe Meghan will show up to the event last year, it’s because her sister-in-law Kate Middleton did the same after giving birth to her youngest child, Prince Louis.
Just six weeks after giving birth, Middleton broke her maternity leave to attend the event, though she did leave baby Louis behind. And Meghan is expected to leave Archie at home as well.
But, it likely isn’t long until we all get another glimpse of Archie. As Cosmopolitan explained, royals typically christen their children when they are between two to three months old, meaning we may just be weeks away from another royal event.