Though the British monarchy is one of the oldest institutions in the world, its youngest members are continually making strides to modernize its traditions whenever possible. Case in point: Prince Harry, who will soon be a father, has stated that he intends to take paternity leave.
According to a news report, after the birth of Baby Sussex, Prince Harry will take a two-week leave of absence from work to spend time with his new baby and help Meghan. Though it seems like a perfectly normal decision, not everyone is happy. A friend of Harry's has reportedly said, "He doesn't need to take paternity leave because he doesn't work in the way most people do, but he thinks it's a very modern dad thing to do."
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The @QueensCanopy is a conservation initiative, uniting the Commonwealth family of nations in creating a global network of indigenous forests to benefit communities and wildlife, now, and into the future. Visit @TheRoyalFamily to see The Duke of Sussex join children from St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School in Acton to take part in a tree planting in support of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, together with the @WoodlandTrust. #QueensCommonwealthCanopy #Commonwealth
While it’s unclear if that is meant as a jab, it does reflect a relatively popular sentiment among royal watchers, who don’t understand Harry’s decision since hasn't held a traditional job since he was in the Army four years ago. Currently, he is paid as a member of the monarchy, though his duties are strictly voluntary. Of course, many have been quick to blame his American wife Meghan for his seemingly progressive decision.
While there are those who contend that he doesn’t have a job, it is apparent that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex make weekly appearances in support of a variety of causes. Harry launched the Invictus Games in 2014 and remains patron of its foundation. He also gives patronage to several other organizations, including the HALO Trust, the London Marathon Charitable Trust, and Walking With The Wounded.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited New Zealand House in London, where they signed the Book of Condolence opened following the terrorist attacks in Christchurch. The Duke and Duchess signed the book on behalf of @TheRoyalFamily — Their Royal Highnesses visited New Zealand in October 2018. 📷PA
Though he doesn’t work a traditional nine to five, The Prince does have his share of responsibilities. In 2017, he was officially appointed the new president of African Parks, a non-profit conservation organization. Last year, he was appointed Commonwealth youth ambassador, patron of Walk of America, and the president of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, which focuses children and the welfare of prisoners. Also, in July, the Elton John AIDS Foundation announced that Prince Harry and Elton John would launch a global coalition called MenStar that would focus "on treating HIV infections in men."
So despite not clocking in on a daily basis, the Prince is certainly not resting on his laurels. Therefore, if he decides to take a mere two weeks to bond with his newborn and give Meghan a helping hand, he is more than entitled to do so. Apparently, even if you’re a royal, haters gonna hate.