Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no doubt busy getting ready for their extravagant wedding on Saturday, May 19, 2018. But they’ve actually been planning for their big day before they even announced their engagement.
Many fans of the royal couple already know that Markle exited her USA series Suits likely in preparation for her new gig as Harry’s wife. Deadline reported that Markle was looking to leave the show in mid-November 2017, shortly before she and Harry shared with the public that he’d proposed. But some may not realize that Harry himself also made significant sacrifice for the benefit of their relationship.
According to the Daily Mail, Harry had previously picked up the bad habit of smoking, causing him to develop a nicotine addiction. And Markle reportedly hasn’t been happy. So, in an apparent effort to please his betrothed and start their marriage off on the right note, Harry has reportedly quit smoking, though we doubt the process has been easy.
In a December 2016 article, the Daily Mail reported that Harry had first started smoking cigarettes in his early teens when he was a student at Eton College. By the time he was 32, he was said to easily be smoking a pack of Marlboro Lights each day.
While we don’t know how Harry went about quitting smoking, we do know that it happened around the same time that he and Markle moved into Nottingham Cottage. “Harry has promised no smoking at all at home,” a source told the Daily Mail in December 2017. “It’s not nice for Meghan as a non-smoker. So there’s no more hanging out of the window for a quick puff. Harry has quit for Meghan.”
It’s an especially good move for Harry healthwise, as his great-grandfather King George VI passed away from lung cancer. And, since Buckingham Palace rolled out strict no-smoking rules at royal residences in December 2016, it should make life even easier for Harry.
But quitting smoking hasn’t been the only thing that Harry has given up for Markle. According to The Sun, Harry also ended his participation in his family’s annual Boxing Day boar hunt, as Markle is an animal lover. “The Boxing Day shoot was always going to be a tricky issue. Meghan is a keen animal rights campaigner and doesn’t like hunting in any form,” a source told the paper. “Harry loves it and has always been out there on Boxing Day. But if it means breaking with long-standing royal traditions to avoid upsetting her, so be it. It’s fair to say that there are some pretty stunned faces around here.”
Harry also changed up his diet to get in healthier shape before he marries Markle. The Daily Mail reported that Harry said goodbye to junk foods like pizza and has instead embraced “clean eating.” An insider told the publication, “They have bought a top-of-the-range juicer and she has him on fruit and veg smoothies. She’s also weaning him off meat.” The source added that, as of December 2017, Harry had lost “at least half a stone,” or about seven pounds. Keep up the good work, Harry!