Meghan Markle 'unlikely to take much time off' to have her baby

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are coming to the end of their royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, racking up a total of 76 engagements across 16 days.

The couple announced they’re expecting their first child in spring 2019 at the start of their trip and apart from missing a couple of meetings to rest, Meghan has stuck to her hectic schedule.

The Duchess is believed to be around four months pregnant, but has thrown herself into her role as a royal on the tour.

While she is likely to take maternity leave from her duties when the baby arrives, like her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge, PR expert Nick Ede doesn’t think she will take much time off.

“I think she will be back at work very, very quickly,” Ede tells Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box.’

Meghan has thrown herself into her role as a royal (Getty)

“I think she is one of those people that will stick with all of her engagements, will want to be there, will want also to be seen front and centre supporting her husband, wherever she can.

“And having a child is obviously a massive part of their life but they’re not going to make it the number one part of their life, it’s about them as a family, as a unit.

“I think she’s going to be really inspirational to a lot of mothers out there.”

The Duchess has given a number of powerful speeches, while on the tour, with an emphasis on education and women’s rights.

At a reception to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, she said: “Because yes, women’s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness.”

“Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote but also about what that represents: the basic and fundamental human right of being able to participate in the choices for your future and that of your community, the involvement and voice that allows you to be a part of the very world that you are a part of.”

According to reports, Prince William and Prince Harry are planning to “split” Kensington Palace into two courts for their growing families and to reflect their increasingly different responsibilities, when Meghan’s baby is born.

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