Dickie Arbiter threw shade on Prince Harry for planning to take paternity leave too


Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex takes part in a tree planting project

Here are some photos of Prince Harry at an event on Wednesday – he planted a tree with schoolchildren in support of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. He also got to meet a very good dog named Winnie and Harry actually had the audacity to try to shush Winnie. WHY? Winnie was just happy to meet a prince, but she was well-behaved. Maybe Winnie was plotting to get Harry to bend over so we would get some good butt shots (well done Winnie).

Anyway, there was a story so minor this week, I didn’t even bother covering it. It was, to me, the equivalent of declaring that Prince Harry breathes air. The story is that Harry will be taking some kind of paternity leave when Polo Baby comes. Reportedly, he’s looking to take two weeks off because, as a friend 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.” William took paternity leave when the Cambridge kids were born too, but it was more notable for William when Charlotte was born, because he was supposed to be starting his air-ambulance job but he ended up taking two months paternity leave. I’m not going to debate how much paternity leave men should have or anything, but just imagine if Harry decided to take two months of paternity leave. I’m sure it would be all Meghan’s fault!

The reason why I brought up the paternity leave story is because Dickie Arbiter had to chime in about that too. Arbiter wasn’t content to just be salty about Meghan’s baby shower. God no. He also has to be salty about how the new generation wants to, like, spend time supporting a new mother and their newborn child.

Doting dad! Queen Elizabeth II’s former press spokesman Dickie Arbiter tells Us Weekly exclusively why Prince Harry will be taking paternity leave.

“It’s a modern thing,” Arbiter, 79, explains to Us. “Prince William did it for his children and Harry’s going to do it for his, when his child is born. I mean, the older generation didn’t do it. The older generation just got on with it. But it’s a new thing. People do it, William did it and Harry is going to do it.” He added: “[The length] depends on him. I would have thought no more than about two or three weeks.”

[From Us Weekly]

“The older generation just got on with it…” And Prince Philip was a notoriously absent and toxic father. I’m not sure Charles has ever really forgiven Philip for how terrorized and isolated he (Charles) felt by his father during his boyhood. Arbiter’s attempt at shade is toxic masculinity too – like “real men” should be ashamed of their weakness at … wanting to be present for their wives and newborn babies.

What else? Katie Nicholl at Vanity Fair had a mind-numbingly basic “scoop” on how Meghan and Harry are “very excited” about all of the changes, from the separation of their office to their move to Frogmore. I guess the only thing worth commenting on from this piece is that it’s going to be a shift in office culture for Meghan and Harry, and that they were used to the more “informal and autonomous court” of Kensington Palace, but now their office will be overseen by the Queen’s comm office. We’ll see.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex takes part in a tree planting project

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex takes part in a tree planting project

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  1. Becks1 says:

    I do think it is important for men in positions like William and harry’s to take paternity leave of some sort and to talk about it. My husband had to go to work while I was in the hospital, recovering from a C-section. the more paternity leave is normalized the better for all I think.

    Of course, I’m factoring in that their jobs aren’t typical jobs, and they have more flexibility than most people in their schedules. I’m also coming at this from an American perspective; maybe paternity leave is more normal in the UK at this point?

    • Bryn says:

      Americans need to figure out maternity leave too, I think. Six weeks is not close to enough

      • Becks1 says:

        We don’t have maternity leave, we have FMLA that protects your job for up to 12 weeks IF your job and company qualify for it under the law. I work for the government, so I was “lucky” in that I was able to save leave and take 12 weeks paid with my first and 14 weeks paid with my second. Some companies have very generous policies though. Some companies…..less so. Some states have better policies as well.

        It’s actually an interesting debate here, in terms of what to prioritize here. I know many who don’t want to even have the paternity leave discussion until we’ve gotten maternity leave figured out, but some think that if paternity leave were part of the discussion, and it was “parental leave,” it might happen sooner.

      • Shrute’s beet farm says:

        Amen. I work for a company that gives eight weeks PAID maternity leave, which is practically unheard of here in America, and as generous as it is (compared to six weeks unpaid for most), it isn’t enough. Parents need time to bond, to adjust to a new person in their family and home, to adjust to the lack of sleep and disruption to their established routines. In some cases women are recovering from Caesarians. I do wish Congress would mandate some sort of official leave because this “let the businesses decide” approach is doing none of us any favors.

      • Sojaschnitzel says:

        How anyone is even having children in america is beyond me. We have like a year or two of maternity/paternity leave here in germany and I am still too worried & lazy to have children. If I had to fear for my job like this, there would be no way I’d reproduce. Heck, I’d be afraid for my career even here.

      • Jessica says:

        My former law firm gave three months paid for both women and men. My next job was a private trust company, and it was FMLA for two weeks, take your PLO after that. No wonder none of the females were overly interested in expanding their families, US resident.

      • Aang says:

        The teachers union in our district has negotiated 2 years of unpaid maternity leave. First three months are paid and then rest unpaid if you want to take it. Your job is guaranteed to be there when you return. Same building but not necessarily same classroom or grade. Have a friend who had 4 children within 8 years. Didn’t go back to work until her youngest was 2. Job there waiting for her. That’s in NY suburban school.

      • Angie says:

        I give my associates five months of maternity leave, paid. America is changing.

      • Anne Call says:

        Most of the big tech media companies in Silicon Valley give 4 or 5 months for maternity and paternity leave. My son was pissed that his smaller startup only gave him six weeks. I laughed because his dad only took off a week and then bye bye back to work. It’s nice though that companies are changing. One family I know (both lawyers) are staggering their leave so one parent can be there with newborn for 8 months.

      • Sonishka says:

        Im from Slovakia and you get at least 34 weeks of paid maternity leave for mothers, 28 weeks for fathers. Mothers can stay home with the child until it turns 3 years and while the government benefit is low for this period it is still something.

    • Sunnee says:

      CA govt workers can get up to 5 months. We get 1 month before and 4 months after. You get 6 weeks PFL (paid family leave) which covers 70% of your pay; that way you can stretch it out without using all your saved sick/vacation time. FMLA protects your job but PFL pays you.

      • Sunnee says:

        So SDI covers 4 weeks prior and 6 weeks post partum for a total of 10. Then PPL or PFL provides 6 weeks after that. Then you can continue afterwards with your own vacation/Comp time if you have any saved. Most women at my job return after 6 months.

      • Abby says:

        My SIL is about to have a baby in California, and she’s getting 5 months!!!

        I am self employed, but I wish I had taken more than 8 weeks. I didn’t technically feel on leave because I still had deadlines looming, but it was really hard for me to carve out even that time. Which is no one’s fault but my own. I don’t have paid time off or anything, if I work, I get money. My husband is also self-employed though, and he’s been able to be on hand for both our children’s early days, which was a huge blessing.

    • Erinn says:

      My uncle I believe was the first guy in our province to take paternity leave. My aunt was a teacher – she had a couple of weeks off with my cousin but she’d gotten an offer for the job she reallllyy wanted at the school she had most wanted to work at – so she took it.

      Honestly – when a c-section is involved, there really should automatically be a paid parental leave for any spouse needing to care for the mother. It’s insane that that isn’t a guarantee. But I also think parental benefits really need to expand in general in most places.

      • LivePlantsCleanAir says:

        If there were a special clause for c-sections (I had one) wouldn’t everyone just arrange to have them? My birthing experience was horrid from top to bottom (heh, heh). My son and I, are 4 months were just starting to bond and get things right……and I had to go back to work full time. Two more months pass whilst I’m still foggy and barely there. We were finally getting good at breast feeding, but he quit (@ 4.5 months) cause he discovered it was way easier from a bottle than a breast. That was hard. I remember clearly my son was 6 months before we truly ‘clicked’. My body wasn’t truly my own (well, TRULY would be…never again) till about 24-26 months after birth. My son’s dad left when he was 20 months because he wasn’t getting enough attention. He said those words (and I had tried, but…you know…doctor’s orders and the hemorrhaging and second operation kind of slowed things down) He died shortly thereafter. If he would have had leave, if I would have had more time at home….what if????…..now I’m sad….

      • Erinn says:

        LivePlantsCleanAir – I genuinely forgot that it was an elective procedure for some people, haha.

        I’m so sorry your experience was so miserable, that’s genuinely heart breaking. Sending love your way <3 I genuinely don't know how women handle childbirth when it goes smoothly… and then to have to go back to work so early, and go it alone is just so hard.

    • D says:

      But have you guys heard about this super cute new American trend in baby shower gifts?

      Donating some of your own paid vacation time to your pregnant co-worker to add days to her meager/non-existent maternity leave!

      Isn’t it great that some states that don’t offer any paid maternity leave to state employees have decided to address the problem with initiatives like Nebraska’s “Maternity Leave Donation Program”? These programs allows state employees to sacrifice their own earned vacation time by gifting it to their pregnant co-workers.

      And most importantly, it costs employers and tax-payers absolutely nothing!

      Very heart-warming and not at all a symptom of a broken society.

      • Veronica S. says:

        I worked for a hospital that did that, too – donating time to people who needed it. It was really depressing when it was somebody who was chronically ill, or in the case of my one coworker who had a chronically ill child struggling with LEUKEMIA. America is a glossy trash pile of a country. It’s literally every example of late-stage capitalism taken to its absolute extreme of madness.

      • Becks1 says:

        Ugh, its awful.

        I will say that the government does that (allows you to donate leave) but that’s also a function of your carry over tapping out. You cant donate sick time, but you can donate annual, and many do bc we can only carry over 240 hours from year to year. so if you have more than that (and many do, especially once you hit 8 hours of leave/pay period), you can donate it.

      • Himmiefan says:

        Oh my gosh! I’m sure that came from a Republican (speaking as someone who left the party).

      • Goofpuff says:

        Us resident and government worker. I donate some of my vacay time and many donate more into this government leave donation program that is shared for those who may need it for medical reasons (used up all their leave on a serious illness). Grieving ( one couple has their child die of cancer) or parental leave. It’s a wonderful thing to do but I believe the US should step up. If they truly say that family is important than they need to put their money where their mouth is.

    • Tina says:

      Two weeks of paternity leave is pretty standard in the UK. You can share parental leave (50 weeks’ leave, 37 weeks’ pay) between the parents, but it’s not as common here as I think it is in, say, Canada. Most UK employers aren’t very familiar with shared parental leave. I only know one man who’s taken more than two weeks, and he works for a Canadian bank (in the UK).

    • MoxyLady says:

      Gasp! How dare this upstart generation want more from life than to just get on with it! Next they will want to be raising good humans. The audacity.

  2. Lily says:

    Remember when Dickie said before the engagement the relationship was just a fling where Meghan simply has a toothbrush at Nottingham Cottage….and then had the audacity to go on numerous shows on TV and say he knew all along Meghan was going marry Harry.

    • Milla says:

      But maybe it was to protect the privacy of hm? I don’t know who is the guy but once it was confirmed it was insane.
      As for paternity leave, i do think wh only want to be present in the lives of their kids. Charles was not as bad as his father but he was absent. He had a lot of gfs as well, times consuming.

    • Kittycat says:

      6 weeks is a JOKE.

      It’s a year in Canada with extensions.

      • LivePlantsCleanAir says:

        it is now….you’re welcome. When I birthed (story above) it was 4 months. (Canada). We fought HARD to raise the time limits for maternity leave; we got it to 6 months shortly after my son was born (well, about 2 years or so) and fought again for further increases. If you need a year, it’s there for you, now.

    • LucyLee says:

      I wonder if old Dickie eats his crow with hot sauce?

  3. Kittycat says:

    This Dickie guy sounds like a dick.

    “I mean, the older generation didn’t do it. The older generation just got on” Like what does that even mean?

    Paternal leave is a wonderful option for people to you know help with the baby they helped create.

    • HK9 says:

      Dickie is a professional asshole. Like all parents Harry & Meghan will raise their children the way they see fit & “get on with it.”

    • Milla says:

      But it is the truth. If he wants to judge younger generations he needs some proof that we are doing it wrong
      This way its an observation, nothing more. I am sure many fathers wanted to bond with their kids but it made them look weak or sth. Dude is just saying times change

    • boredblond says:

      Dickie seems like he adores the attention from being an insider, whether he truly is anymore or not, so he feels the need to rattle off stories. That being said, it seems odd to compare the royal couple’s situation to the average worker..Harry isn’t going to lose his job or income for taking time off, and while most of us want our spouse around not just to bond with a newborn, but for the very practical needs of constant child care– that’s not a concern in a situation where daytime/nighttime nurses/nannies are available.

    • claire says:

      Was about to say the same thing – what a dick – but you beat me to it. What is his motivation for stirring the pot and fanning the flames. Dude needs to take up a (more constructive) hobby than being a sh*t disturber.

    • Fabulous says:

      British aristo dads just ‘got on with it’ by delegating all child related matters to Mother who promptly gave the baby to the wet nurse/nanny.

      My daughter is 20 and I remember our first outing and there was me and her Dad fighting over who was going to push the pram. I remember laughing about it at the time because it was quite rare even then to see men pushing prams. Ya see it all the time now which is imo as it should be. Two parents = two caregivers.

      • Tigerlily says:

        Fabulous you beat me to it. The older generation that Dickface refers to is the aristocracy. Even the mothers from that class had no need for maternity leave as they 1 didn’t have jobs &; 2 Nanny/nannies take over day one.

        I don’t have biological children but am proud that Canada has decent maternity leave provisions.

    • lucy2 says:

      The older generations did a lot of other stuff that didn’t work out so good, and we’re still trying to fix, so no thank you, I don’t care what this random old dude says about anything, especially since he doesn’t actually know anything and no longer works there.

  4. Lisa says:

    Ugh this guy is an idiot. Good for Harry.

  5. MCV says:

    In my country paid maternity leave for women is 16 weeks and for men is 8 weeks and even tho it’s not bad it should be more time because the help is really needed so I don’t think is a bad thing to do for him I mean they’re over priviliged but it’s a right I think.

    • Snowflake says:

      Wow, what country are you in?

      • Sojaschnitzel says:

        In germany we have a year or more. It’s so much that I cannot even be bothered to look up the exact numbers. But the weather and the food are so bad here that I wouldn’t recommend any migration ideas :D

      • mm11 says:

        I’m from Spain.

      • Dali says:

        @ sojaschnitzel, german here, we have 3 years paternity leave! I was at home for two years with my daughter. Last December i started working again ;-) i also cannot understand the american politics about paternity leave, it’s awful tbo. Their system made perfect Capitalism slaves. Sorry but that’s how many people from the outside see it, and germany is also a rich country with a wonderful economy, even though we have 30 free days a year paid! 3 years of paternity leave and so on….

  6. Pineapple says:

    I am going to make a similar comment to the “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament” comment. If men could get pregnant maternity leave would be longer and better paid than it is now. It is such an incredibly hard job, having an infant around. It is just incredibly hard. They just need so much. I don’t know how any of us do it and stay sane frankly. I suspect many of us don’t stay sane. XO I think the more high profile men who take Pat leave the better. It just brings it into the conversation … gosh knows it takes a village.

    • LivePlantsCleanAir says:

      Here hear!

      • Anon says:

        Well excuse me but people without children need to take care of everything ourselves. We should get extra time off too. I’m all for parental leave but why tie it to parental leave. Make it general vacation available for peolle once or twice in a lifetime, a bucket do to say that the government sponsors.

        People without children specially women’s are the first to lose jobs during. Recession. We are human being wirh our own problems and issues that no one addresses.

  7. Enn says:

    I’ve found in America that there’s a resentment over maternity leave from those who don’t have children – I mean, I’ve had conversations about it. “Well if Sarah gets 3 months paid leave just for having a baby, what do I get? It’s not fair.” It’s the most selfish and narrow-minded POV and makes me want to Hulk smash things.

    Our culture is so effed up.

    • Erinn says:

      That’s incredibly f-ked. We can have up to 18 months now… and I’ve NEVER heard anyone say something so ignorant.

    • Millenial says:

      Yeah, I have had people call my 10 and 8 week maternity leaves (respectively) a “vacation” here in America. Like recovering from childbirth and being up all night with a baby is comparable to laying out at the beach or something.

      • Bryn says:

        Before I went on maternity leave, a woman I worked with told me She was so jealous that I get to be off work and stay home and relax, said she wished she had some vacation time. My exact words “If not sleeping, constantly cleaning up watery shits, and bleeding from my stitched up vagina is your idea of a relaxing vacation, maybe you should have a baby and get your vacation.” She didn’t like my response very much

    • Anitas says:

      Unfortunately I’ve heard that from people in the UK too, that having children is a “lifestyle choice” and why should the taxpayers have to pay for it? The mind boggles.

    • lucy2 says:

      Speaking for myself as an American without kids, I don’t feel that way at all, but I’m sure there are plenty of people who do.

  8. guest says:

    Good girl indeed winnie 😉

    • Laverdadduele says:

      Ugh. So rude. Who are these people? I do not have a child, and for medical reasons, I may not get to, but I will never stop defending the need for a healthy maternity leave (at the least). It’s like these people who complain never had a mom. Probably a bunch of ungrateful children. Great answer by the way!

      • LivePlantsCleanAir says:

        So is yours! Thank you, bless you …. and carry on fighting and defending the need for healthy maternity leave (at the least) as you say. I’m sorry if your medical issues stop you from giving birth. If your soul longs to parent, please consider adoption, or at the very least, fostering. So many kids don’t have ….. homes, loving people in their lives, etc. And truthfully, if I could have had my son, and skipped the whole birth process entirely, well, that would have been fine with me (hindsight, eh?).

  9. Dueberrygal says:

    Considering there were many people who didn’t think Kate as a mother had a right to maternity leave, Harry should be the least of our concern. I spent months defending Kate’s right to maternity leave against mostly American posters who felt otherwise.

    I feel there is a great social disparity between the British & Americans when it comes to maternity/paternity leave. In fact there is a disparity between American & most countries in the western world.

    • Anitas says:

      How sad is that? I’ll always support every parent’s wish to spend more time bonding with their children, or have an active role in their upbringing, including royals.

      Though the UK maternity and paternity policies are quite pitiful compared to most other EU countries. Not as bad as in the US, thankfully. Two weeks of paternity leave is the legal minimum in England, which is too short, but it’s important to note it’s also unpaid. Many families simply can’t afford it. I believe it’s a big factor in how often it’s used.

      • Tina says:

        @Anitas, I agree that the UK isn’t as generous as other EU countries, but paternity leave is paid in England at a statutory weekly rate of £145.18, or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower). That’s low by many people’s standards, but it’s not unpaid.

    • Bluthfan says:

      The difference is Kate barely worked at all until Meghan joined the family. She was a complete layabout. That’s what pissed everyone off. You don’t need to take maternity leave from doing nothing especially when you have multiple nannies who do the heavy lifting of raising the kids.

      • windyriver says:

        +1, this. It wasn’t the leave, it was the lack of work that preceded it.

      • Florianight says:

        In the UK it doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are or how many hours you work, the law grants all women the right to maternity leave. Americans don’t get to dictate the laws or the social norm in other countries!

        If you had a newborn baby you’d also know that maternity leave isn’t simply about having help in place. It’s also about a woman recovering both physically, emotionally & hormonally.

      • Akua says:

        And you think Meghan isn’t going to have nannies. Neither both work like regular folks

      • Himmiefan says:

        Who said anything about Americans dictating the laws in other countries? Geesh.

      • Tina says:

        And also, UK statutory maternity leave is only applicable to paid employment. We like to joke about “the firm,” but none of these people are actual employees with employment rights.

      • LinaD says:

        @Himmie, everyone here telling Kate she doesn’t deserve mat leave because she doesn’t work enough hours. That is not how maternity leave works in this country. SAHMs, working women, or women on benefits in the UK, all need time to recover. Americans seem to take a weird approach to maternity leave imo. “She has never worked, she doesn’t work normal hours – why is she getting a maternity leave for?” Such an unhealthy view. I guess it’s down to the atrocious US leave. Women here have over a year, paid.

      • Katherine says:

        @linad no you’re conflating two things. People are commenting on maternity leave as an employment benefit. Not about an overall concept of the well being of new mothers. I agree SAHMs should receive support in those early weeks as well, but they aren’t on leave from anything in an employment sense. I think this is peoples issue with Kate’s time off being referred to as maternity leave. She isn’t on leave from a job. She’s a duchess who makes public appearances and just doesn’t right after having a baby. That’s her right and she should be afforded it, but it’s a little disengenuous to call it maternity leave.

  10. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I thought I could do the normal six weeks maternity back when my first was born. I never went back to work. Nobody, nothing and no amount of money was going to pry us apart lol.

    • Katherine says:

      That’s great. Some of us have to work to support our families despite not wanting to be “pried apart.” Lovely you were able to make such a noble decision.

  11. Veronica S. says:

    Reading this story as an American is like being an alien observing the human race. “Paternity leave?? Father’s rights?? What is even this? My God, we don’t even expect women who underwent physical labor to have basic rights. Come now!” Here, they’ve turned it into a class warfare issue and made sure to commodify childbirth as a ~luxury~ rather than a legitimate medical experience that requires time to heal and recover from. And we wonder why we have some of the worst maternity mortality rates in the Western world.

    • PlayItAgain says:

      I’m not sure what state you live in, but in Oregon, women and men can take almost six months of protected leave with a combination of FMLA and OFLA (Oregon Family Leave Act). “Class” has nothing to do with it. Everyone is entitled to it, regardless of their employer. Whether it’s all paid time depends on how much paid leave time you have saved up; it could be a combination of paid and unpaid. But the time is protected, regardless.

      Guaranteed paid time would be an improvement, but I don’t see it happening with the current state of the GOP. Democrats can’t do it by themselves.

      • Veronica S. says:

        Class has everything to do with it. A lack of paid maternity leave means that people must rely on FMLA to keep their jobs, but there’s no requirement for them to be paid for that time off. So they must use PTO – except the United States government doesn’t require that companies provide PTO, either. Which means plenty of women end up taking the absolute minimum and then going back to work in an insanely short amount of time, which isn’t healthy for their still-healing bodies nor their newborn babies. The people most affected by this? Working and poverty class families. Sturdy middle and upper class families can either set aside income to prepare for a coming birth, but poor people cannot. So childbirth isn’t a mixed topic of happiness and profound stress as they look to start the life of a new, expensive baby with a monetary loss.

        I know some completely insane people are going to read this and say, “Well, isn’t that their fault for having kids?” And let me remind you, Americans, that in our country, health insurance is not nationalized, so people must rely on getting it through exchanges or employers. But that doesn’t mean it’s GOOD health insurance, and there are exemptions for certain religious businesses, so women may not have access to birth control even if they are covered. And then there’s the fact that no birth control is 100% reliable and accidental pregnancies do happen. Okay, but what about abortion? LOLOLOL there’s an option, eh? Filled with tons of social stigma, potential surgical complications, AND good luck finding access to it in some of those highly conservative states that have passed bullshit laws to restrict rights.

        But the most ridiculous part of all of this is the idea, at all, that anybody should have to make that choice. That poor and lower class people should be stripped of a basic human right to reproduction because we live in a society that doesn’t want to provide proper wages, healthcare, and socioeconomic opportunity. That they would have the audacity to scream murder over abortion while doing jack shit to care for the children that result from it. America is a country run by madness, infatuated with its own madness for so long, that it’s own people can’t see it for what it is.

      • lucy2 says:

        NJ has paid family leave, it’s basically like disability where you get a portion of your regular pay, and it’s for a new baby or adoption, or taking care of an ill family member. They have some pretty minimal requirements, so you can’t start a new job and take it right away, but it’s pretty decent.

  12. Loretta says:

    Dickie is pressed like a panini LOL

  13. KarenG says:

    I worked at a private university in the South in the US. They had what we considered to be generous parental leave. An assistant professor (the father) in our department was able to take parental leave for a semester. Adopting parents could also take the same amount of leave. The university was thought to be very progressive, and they are compared to many workplaces. They also had lactation rooms in every large building.

  14. Katherine says:

    This is crazy, of course a dad who’s involved in the process needs to take that leave, caring for a newborn is so much work! And the mother is clearly having to deal with her own health, so the dad just has to do caring for the baby work. Like wow some people… Edit: This is why I don’t know if I’m even up to any of this…

  15. LizB says:

    Anybody else see nothing but a photo of Harry’s @ss?

  16. Flying fish says:

    Dickie is a Dick.

  17. TheOriginalMia says:

    Good for Harry taking paternity leave. I wish he’d asked for at least a month. He’s right he doesn’t have the type of job that warrants longer time, though. Yay for self-awareness. Dickie is a dick.

  18. Mia says:

    American single person with no children here. IMO America and companies are not family or people friendly. Wish more companies would allow workers to work remotely. This helps when taking care of children, elderly parents etc.

  19. Isa says:

    My husband had to go back before our son was even released from the hospital. My parents had to drive me to pick him up.
    He gets a week paid paternity leave. I get 6 weeks unpaid.

  20. Charfromdarock says:

    Dickie is a dick.

    I’m glad Harry is taking paternity leave and calling it that. Every parent should have time to bond with the baby and paternity leave should be normalized.

    In Canada, you can have up to 18 months paid benefits through our federal Employment Insurance split between parents. My organization is great, they will top up EI payments to a parents full pay. Most of the male employees end up taking 6 months or so off with their baby.

  21. Sparkly says:

    I’m glad Harry is taking paternity leave. All families need time to heal and bond, this one especially considering how Meghan has been treated.

    I’m in the US, and I had something like six or eight unpaid weeks off with my kids.

  22. CairinaCat says:

    Right now in a mother’s group I’m in, the woman is in San Francisco, works at JP Morgan
    Just got back from her maternity leave, she had 3 months.
    But her office and dedicated phone line was given away.
    They said they would look for desk somewhere, it’s been two weeks so far.
    There is nowhere to pump, she is told to find somewhere or use the bathroom.
    She has been using a small lockable empty office, but now Everytime she goes to use it she gets told it’s already being used
    Her asst manager told her he will not allow her to disrupt the office with her selfish behaviors…
    This is at JP Morgan in San Francisco, no words

  23. Princessk says:

    Below is l hope a link to a very interesting picture of Harry

    https://twitter.com/21caela/status/1109041953080049664?s=20

  24. Princessk says:

    I think below is the right link to the interesting pic of little Harry, l am totally useless at all of this, l use trial and error.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2Qbxu8WoAAajQv?format=jpg&name=medium

  25. Lalo says:

    Very unpopular opinion of one. You choose to have children and those of us who have no children (either by choice or no choice) have to pick up the slack and we get no special compensation. I did not choose to not be able to have children and now I have extra duties because others do. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for you. I just don’t want the extra, unpaid work.

    • Aotearovian says:

      As a person who doesn’t want to be a parent, that hasn’t been my experience in the workplace. If you’re being given extra duties and no extra money, that sounds like a matter for HR.

      • Olive says:

        @AOTEAROVIAN i once worked a job where because i was the only one out of my coworkers without children, my scheduling preferences were at the bottom of the rung. it was incredibly frustrating to continually be treated like i was less important than people i had seniority over. so i quit. and have never had any issues like that again at any job. turns out it was just a shitty boss.

        i think you’ve got a shitty boss.

    • Courtney says:

      But you have a mother and were a baby once, correct? You need new taxpayers to fund social security so you can retire, right? Being so small-minded is not in your best interest.

      • Princessk says:

        Exactly my sentiments too. People who don’t have kids should be happy that others do to provide the labour force of the future.

  26. Peg says:

    Well it seems as Meghan is not on maternity leave yet, today she visited the charity that helps women return to the work force.

  27. Citresse says:

    If DM is true, especially story published today, both H and M will be away for 6 months baby leave. if true, Sussexes are Not the new Windsor workhorses no matter what anyone says.

  28. Peg says:

    It’s the fricking dailyfail, why would he ask for two weeks instead of six months.
    I went to that cesspool, and nowhere did it say Meghan or Harry was taking 6 months of Maternity leave, what it said was Meghan will be at a fundraiser/ball 6 months after the baby is born and Harry supports her.
    They don’t know how much maternity time she is taking.
    Why be Trump? telling lies about things that can easily be disprove.

  29. Cojii says:

    Honestly, the US is a shithole country when it comes to treatment of workers.