All the Details of Meghan Markle's Maternity Leave

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Regardless of what the public thinks of Meghan Markle, one thing that seems to be unanimous is that the Duchess of Sussex is a hard worker. Throughout her pregnancy, Meghan worked her royal butt off, despite relentless criticism about everything from her supposed "difficult" behavior to how much she cradles her baby bump. There's no two ways about it: Meghan is as motivated as they get. 

But the duchess's short maternity leave may prove to be too much, or more likely, too little -- even for a go-getter like herself. 

  • A source recently told The Sun that the Duchess of Sussex wants to get back to work shortly after giving birth. 

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    Even though new moms can take up to 52 weeks maternity leave in the UK, Meghan is planning on getting back to royal duties after just 12 weeks. 

    "Meghan has made it very clear she wants to return to work as soon as possible. She has huge amounts of energy, is extremely determined and wants to be as hands-on as possible with her charities," the insider said. "Nothing has been written into her diary just yet, as she wants to wait and see how she feels after having the baby."

    Waiting to see how she feels sounds like a good plan, if you ask us. 

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  • Despite Meghan's supposed 12-week timeline, there's a good chance she'll make a royal appearance even earlier. 

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    “She’s penciled in three months [for maternity leave], but she’ll most likely return to public life in six weeks -- on the queen’s official birthday, Trooping the Color, in June,” the source said. 

    Six weeks?!?! Holy moly. That's really not a lot of time for her to get her bearings!

  • As crazy as a balcony appearance sounds just six weeks after giving birth, it wouldn't be a royal first.

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    After giving birth to Prince George in 2013, Kate Middleton started making royal appearances at just five weeks (!). However, with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge took four months and six months, respectively. 

  • Even though 12 weeks doesn't seem like a long maternity leave, it's pretty standard in the US, where Meghan grew up. 

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    Things are changing for the better, but the Family and Medical Leave act allows for 12 weeks of unpaid leave for new moms if they work for a company with 50 or more employees.

    After Baby Sussex arrives, Meghan may change her mind about how much time she wants to take off. But for now, we can expect to see her in about three months -- or waving to a crowd of well-wishers from the Buckingham Palace balcony even sooner, if she's feeling up to it.