Fans of Kate Middleton might not love this news, but it's probably something she's happy about. The Duchess of Cambridge, who took center stage at the Trooping The Colour alongside the Queen, might be completely disappearing from public appearances.
Kate has been on maternity leave since early April—shortly before she gave birth to her third child, Prince Louis. That means she'll be going on a six-month maternity leave before recommencing Royal duties.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk, “Kate will be resuming Royal duties after taking extended maternity leave as expected after Louis’s birth, probably in the autumn.”
It's quite possible—and would be within Kate's rights—to be away from official engagements until October 2018. However, that doesn't mean that she won't go to certain family events. For instance, she attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding only three weeks after she gave birth.
“It is traditional for new Royal mums to take a six-month break from official engagements," said Royal biographer Duncan Larcombe.
She isn't the only royal that will remain out of the public eye. Prince Louis will probably not be seen again until his christening later in the summer.
Larcombe added, “The wedding doesn’t count because it was a family affair but other than that, she will pick and choose her engagements. If she wanted, Kate could disappear into the background until October!"
This break from public appearances means Kate will have more time to bond with Prince Louis and care for her older two children.
Prince William will be caring out the royal duties on his own. In the next few months, he will have a series of events including a tour of the Middle East.
“William will be alone on a highly significant five-day official visit to Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in June," said Fitzwilliams. “This is a first for a member of the Royal Family and underlines the importance of using its senior members on ‘soft power’ trips abroad to promote goodwill.”
A Kensington Palace commented on the tour. They said, "The historic nature of this tour is of course important and the Duke considers it a great privilege to be undertaking the first ever official Royal tour of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and to be able to help further strengthen the friendship between Jordan and the United Kingdom.
They continued, "More importantly, however, the Duke is looking forward to building a real and enduring relationship with the people of the region. In particular he is pleased that his programme will allow him to meet a number of people from his own generation and young Jordanians, Israelis, and Palestinians."
“His Royal Highness is looking forward to learning about their unique perspectives, but also their shared ambitions and hopes for the future," concluded the spokesperson.