Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly plan to raise their new baby as vegan.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have just moved into their new home in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage, are expecting their first child later this month.
According to an unnamed “palace insider,” who spoke to Woman’s Day, “Meghan wants her baby to be raised a vegan.”
The alleged move aligns with the couple’s recent shift toward plant-based foods.
The 37-year-old former actor adheres to a vegan diet during the week whilst Harry has been eating “less meat and more fruit and veg,” according to an inside source, as reported by News.com.au.
The move away from animal products expands further than diet; the pair opted for vegan paint in the decorating of their nursery, which was painted in gender neutral colours like grey and white. The vegan paint, made by the Organic and Natural Paint Co, is eco-friendly and free from toxic ingredients. It’s infused with rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils, which help to clear and purify air.
Animal product-free paint was also used to decorate Frogmore Cottage’s “floating yoga studio,” a mother-and-baby yoga room with a “floating” floor, according to News.com.au.
It’s rumored that Markle plans to give birth at the Mulberry Birth Centre at Frimley Park Hospital, a “royal insider” revealed. The facility has birthing pools, private recovery rooms, and a full vegan menu.
Again shifting away from tradition and toward better animal welfare, Prince Harry decided to not partake in the royal family’s traditional Boxing Day hunt in 2017, and in 2018, the prince opted out of his family’s annual bird shooting expedition.
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More parents are choosing to raise their children on a plant-based diet. Research from last year found that one in 12 families in the UK are raising their kids as vegan, mainly for health reasons. Meat and other animal products have been linked to health concerns including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, whilst diets rich in whole, plant-based foods have been linked to optimal health.
The Royal Family and Veganism
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex aren’t the only members of the royal family interested in the plant-based, cruelty-free movement. Last month, it was reported that Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, was staying healthy by eating more organic food and less meat.
In a discussion with vegetarian historian Sir David Attenborough, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, spoke about the future of the planet. The pair discussed the importance of changing our own behaviours to address climate change. Recently, Attenborough has commented that humankind must eat less meat for the good of the planet.
This article was updated on 4/10/2019.