As the nation celebrates news of another royal baby in the making, all eyes will be on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge over the coming months to see exactly what kind of parents they will be, both in the run-up to the birth and afterwards.
For Prince William, the pending birth means it is decision time for him in his chosen career as an RAF pilot. Will he choose to continue his work, which requires him to be away from home for weeks at a time, or will he opt for a more family-friendly career path that will allow him to spend more time at home with his wife and baby?
We are likely to get some hints about what the future might hold as Kate prepares for her first antenatal medical examination and ultrasound scan at 12 weeks and again at 20 weeks. Will William demonstrate his modernity by requesting leave from work to accompany his wife to the hospital? Will he be at her bedside for the birth? And will he join her at antenatal classes to learn about how to prepare for the new arrival?
Statutory paternity leave
It may surprise some to know that William will only be entitled to two weeks of statutory paternity leave, which is normally taken from the point of birth. Further, unless he has managed to accumulate two weeks holiday in the run up to the birth, which would allow him to benefit from full pay during this period, he will have to accept standard terms of just £135-£145 per week. This is a paltry amount for any new mum or dad, not to mention the second in line to the throne.
While they are not obliged to do so, most employers are happy to offer fathers-to-be time off to be with their wife at key moments in the run up to the birth; this flexibility is usually well received and viewed as a reward for loyalty. When it comes to postnatal arrangements, fathers whose partners choose to return to work shortly after giving birth may also be able to take additional paternity leave of up to 26 weeks if