Here's How Kate Middleton's Maternity Leave With Prince Louis Has Been Different Than With George and Charlotte

Kate Middleton is taking more time off for maternity leave with Prince Louis than she did when Prince George and Princess Charlotte were born. Here are the main differences in how the Duchess of Cambridge has handled maternity leave the third time around.

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This year has been a big one for royal family fans—we got a royal baby and a royal wedding within weeks of each other and there's another royal wedding coming up in October. Keep it coming, Windsors.

Let's zoom in and focus on just one of those momentous royal occasions: the birth of Prince Louis, Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child. Kate might be a veteran mom at this point, but she's changing up how she's handling her maternity leave in a big way with Louis as compared to her older kids, Prince George and Prince Charlotte.

Difference No. 1: Her first post-baby appearance.

The first and most obvious difference in how Kate has handled maternity leave with Louis is in her first public appearance after giving birth (not counting the adorable photo call as Kate and William left the hospital).

Prince Louis was born on April 23, less than a month before his uncle Prince Harry married Meghan Markle. In spite of the short time between Louis' birth and the royal wedding, Kate made an appearance and even wrangled Charlotte on the big day.

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After Prince George and Princess Charlotte's births, Kate waited six weeks and two months, respectively, before making another public appearance, InStyle reports.

Difference No. 2: The overall length of her maternity leave.

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Even though Kate has made a few appearances since Louis' birth, she's still officially on maternity leave, which means she's not expected to step out at nearly as many royal engagements as she would be otherwise. According to Town & Country, Kate's maternity leave with Louis will officially last until October—significantly longer than the time she took off with George and Charlotte. Sources close to the royal have suggested this is because she wants to be able to spend more time with all three of her kids and that she may have regretted returning to work so quickly in the past.

Kayleigh Roberts
Weekend Editor

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.