Prince William takes six weeks paternity leave

So it seems even royalty will take advantage of paternity leave.

 Prince William takes six weeks paternity | Image: Reuters photographer

It has been announced that Prince William will be taking six weeks off to spend time with his wife Kate and his second child.

But it will be unpaid.

He will be on leave from his job until June 1, when he will start a final three-week phase of work before beginning to fly rescue missions with the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The Duke of Cambridge has completed the first phase of his in-work air ambulance helicopter pilot training with Bond Air Services earlier than anticipated.

"This is due to a combination of the Duke performing well in the various modules and having very good flying conditions that allowed flight training and assessment to progress more quickly than had been planned.

"His final block of in-work training requires an uninterrupted three-week block of working time and the availability of the new EC145 helicopter that will be used for missions.

"This has always been scheduled to commence on 1st June, following a pre-planned period of official royal engagements in late May, details of which will be announced in due course.

"As he now will not have any further training to complete after returning from paternity leave, he will not return to duties with Bond until that time, and will remain on unpaid leave until then."

The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth in the coming days.

Under new rules which came into force this year, fathers can share their partners maternity leave entitlement of 52 weeks.

The change in law applies for parents of children born or adopted after 5th April 2015.

At the moment men are only given two weeks paternity leave.

Currently around 285,000 working couples a year will be eligible to share their leave according to Government projections.

Experts say the move will help families build better bonds and leave dads feeling more confident in parenting.



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