MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry are said to be planning to raise their son as a vegan. So is this safe? Express.co.uk spoke to an expert to find out.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are forging their own path in royal life now they have begun a family of their own. From splitting from their Fab Four charity to keeping the birth of their first child private, the Sussexes have made it clear they are doing things their own way. But one decision they’ve made is said to not be sitting well with one person in particular – the Queen.
Meghan and Harry are known for their alternative lifestyle choices and try to avoid animal by-products.
Recent reports that they’re planning to raise little Archie Harrison as a vegan have received a mixed response.But a source has claimed the Queen isn’t happy about the decision.PROMOTED STORY
A royal insider told The Sun: “Meghan keeps pushing the boundaries with the Royals and it’s not being well-received, least of all by Her Majesty.
Meghan Markle news: Meghan and Harry are known for their alternative lifestyle choices (Image: Getty)
“Bringing up the baby as a vegan simply won’t be tolerated by the monarch.”
The decision could have even sparked a row with her husband, with the source it has “created tense discussions between Meghan and Harry, who doesn’t want to upset his grandmother.”
But while the Queen is said to be less than keen on the idea, we’ve seen the Sussexes forge their own path and that’s likely to continue.
Express.co.uk spoke to Dr Justine Butler, senior researcher for Viva! Health, a charity which provides scientific research into vegan nutrition.
Meghan Markle news: Meghan and Harry are forging their own path in the royal family (Image: Getty)
She said: “We are delighted to hear that the Duchess of Sussex is considering raising her child vegan.
“All major health bodies agree that a well-balanced vegan diet can provide all the nutrients needed at all stages of life. This includes children.”
Dr Butler said it’s “so tiresome” that experts need to keep reiterating this, adding modern research proves a vegan diet can be just as healthy as one that involved animal products.
She said: “All parents need to ensure good nutrition for their children, regardless of diet, but a vegan diet is linked to a lower risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
“Establishing healthy eating patterns early in life can help protect against these and other diseases.”
Meghan Markle news: With little Archie at his christening (Image: Getty)
Those in the know say there is no reason why, with proper planning and knowledge, a baby can’t be totally healthy, if not healthier, on a vegan diet.
Of course, as with any dietary choices there comes a risk, which is why educating yourself if you want to introduce a vegan diet is important.
But given Meghan is a practising vegan herself, at least in part, there is no reason why she wouldn’t be able to give Archie the healthiest start possible.
Dr Butler said: “We should welcome the decision by the Duchess to choose a diet which is not only healthier, but kinder towards the planet and animals too.”
Meghan Markle news: A source it has “created tense discussions between Meghan and Harry” (Image: Getty)
In a pre-Harry interview, Meghan said: “When I’m filming, I’m conscious of what I eat.
“I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends.”
She’s also inspired her husband to adopt a more planet-friendly lifestyle.
Prince Harry now reportedly enjoys “less meat, more fruit and veg” and practices yoga with his wife.
Meghan is a long-time yogi, with her now-closed Instagram page full of pictures of her practising yoga.
Her mother, Doria Ragland, is a yoga teacher, and with a yoga space installed in the Sussex’s new home, it seems the practice will be part of all their lives.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK