The Duchess of Cambridge will be able to show being a working mother is possible, according to British businesswoman Karren Brady.
“Kate can show that women can be workers and mothers at the same time,” Karren told the Daily Mail.
The businesswoman, who is known as the “First Lady of Football’ has encouraged the wife of Prince William to return to work soon after giving birth.
“She will be sending a powerful message,” Karren said. “Women don’t have to have a year’s maternity leave if they don’t want to after having children.”
Karren, who currently acts as Lord Sugar’s aide on the BBC One hit show The Apprentice, also praised Kate for her choice of charity work. Since becoming a member of the Royal Family, the expectant mother has worked with a small number of organisations meaning she has been able to work more closely with each individual charity and raise a much higher profile for them.
“She feels she can make a real difference, her work is far more important than merely showing her face,” the 44-year-old said.
The Duchess of Cambridge went on maternity leave in mid-June after attending her final engagement at the Queen’s birthday, Trooping the Colour. Clarence House is yet to confirm how long Kate will take off from her royal duties, although they have revealed Prince William will take two weeks paternity leave from his RAF search-and-rescue job.
Members of the Royal Family are known to return to work soon after giving birth. After William’s birth, Diana, Princess of Wales, undertook her first engagement just five weeks after the Prince being born.
The Princess also returned from maternity leave in just four weeks after Prince Harry’s birth, opening the Harris Birthright Research Centre for Foetal Medicine at King’s College, London.
In the last week, excitement has been building ahead of the Royal Baby’s arrival and the world’s media have gathered outside the London Hospital where Kate will give birth.
Over 100 members of the media, including journalists and photographers, have started camping outside the St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington where the royal couple will welcome their first child.
Kate is expected to give birth around mid-July. “It’s around mid-July, but babies have their own agenda,” the Duchess told well-wishers earlier this year.