Since Prince Harry met Meghan Markle, a transformation is under way. The once party-loving, beer-swilling prince of old has been replaced by a clean-living, spirited sideboard that, as we learned this week, practices yoga and meditation.
Now that Harry's dream of becoming a father is getting closer, there is another change in the game: the transformation from spouse to parent.
From digging caffeine to embracing yoga, Beth Hale examines Harry & # 39; s Daddy Detox.
During some of his wilder moments (strip billiard someone?), Harry, 34, might have been wise to pause for a moment of meditation.
Now it seems that he has embraced a hobby that was once mainly associated with Buddhist monks.
Meditation has of course had a millennial makeover; Mindfulness is everywhere – from the classroom to the doctor's practice (it is part of the NICE guidelines of the government for the treatment of depression).
During a visit to Birkenhead this week, Harry told the Buddhist monk Kelsang Sonam – who gave the Prince a copy of the Buddhist book Eight Steps to Happiness – that he & # 39; day & # 39; practice.
When Harry adopted it, it is unclear, but he is candid about seeking advice after enduring two years of total chaos, while he is still struggling in his late 20s for the death of his mother.
By turning to meditation, he follows in the footsteps of his wife, who undoubtedly will use the techniques she has learned to help her in the later stages of pregnancy and birth.
The party animal finds inner peace: Harry lived in Las Vegas (left) in 2012, but in Australlia last year (right) he preferred chilling
Writing on her now defunct website The Tig, the former Suits star – an avid believer in a healthy mind and body – explained how meditation had her world shaken & # 39; and her & # 39; much happier & # 39; had made.
Last year, LA-based yoga instructor and meditation teacher Light Watkins said he had spent four days with Meghan, 37, one-on-one counseling in meditation after meeting her five years ago.
He said that she later came into contact with him: "I meditate every day, twice a day – once in the morning for 20 minutes, once in the afternoon. It is beautiful. & # 39;
Maybe Meghan shares Watkins' advice with Harry. The instructor, who trained in India in 2007, sends a daily e-mail to his students to inspire them.
TO BECOME A YOGI
Thanks to his time in the army, Harry is used to staying fit and he has his & # 39; six-pack & # 39; (once captured in the camera during his deployment in Afghanistan) in the life of the citizen.
But as a parent claims, the arrival of a new baby can confuse the best intentions, especially when it comes to diet and exercise. Harry and Meghan have set plans in motion to ensure that their new arrival has two parents who are physically top-class.
Harry, pictured in Nepal in 2016, apparently practices yoga with Meghan
Their new family home just up the hill from Windsor Castle is reportedly equipped with a yoga studio.
Meghan has long been known as a yoga teacher and her mother, Doria, is an instructor, but apparently Harry has also become a fan.
Meghan – who enjoys vinyasa yoga and hot yoga and who has photographed her body in all kinds of ultra-flexible postures – has continued her routine during pregnancy and apparently she practices with her.
One of the benefits, according to Megan, are increased flexibility and muscle strength, • greater happiness, increased mental focus, greater ability to relax, reduced anxiety and improved sleep.
Harry is also known to have enjoyed practice sessions at a trendy Chelsea gym of £ 575 per month, which offers yoga, weightlifting and boxing, as well as customized diet plans.
He continues to wear his £ 275 titanium Oura ring, a fitness tracker that measures the user's sleep, activity, heart rate and temperature.
Meghan is clearly a very virtuous future mummy, as was shown this week when she politely turned off the offer of a cup of coffee, rocked her baby's bum and said: "I can not do it at the moment, but I can do a mint tea or something. & # 39;
Her ability to resist a caffeine shovel (expectant mothers are advised to keep the consumption of caffeine low) will undoubtedly be helped by the fact that she has a partner who supports her.
Booze ban: the prince, pictured to the right with a beer on the Isle of Wight in 2016, now chooses mineral water instead of beer, as we saw at Buckingham Palace last year
Bad habits go on in smoke: Harry, pictured with a cigarette in London in 2009, has quit smoking at Meghan's assignment
Apparently Harry has left his days of excessive pleasure and assisted his wife in avoiding alcohol and caffeine in favor of mineral water.
During a formal event on their royal tour in Fiji, observers noticed that both Meghan and Harry at a dinner with a tie participated in the toast with water – a move that drew praise for supporting husband & # 39; Harry.
He had already stopped smoking, after a healthy encouragement from Meghan.
EATING FOR TWO
There is no doubt man Harry is svelter than his only predecessor. He lost more than half a stone after he met Meghan.
Once part of fast food – during the Army it was KFC, when it was confirmed at Kensington Palace that he was partially a hamburger – there is no sign that Harry is looking new from his cleaner, skinny roads.
"Surround yourself with people who have a healthy lifestyle – it rubs away," said Meghan once very well.
Whether the couple has preferred Meghan to eat vegan food during the week during her pregnancy is not known, but she will undoubtedly have paid attention to what she eats, and if Harry's new drinking habits have something to offer. he will have come to her.
Prince loses his belly: Harry, pictured on the left at the Invictus Games in Orlando in 2016 and in London last April, is noticeably thinner than before his wedding
It is known that Meghan enjoys an acai bowl (acai berries are praised as a superfood) for breakfast and slices of apple with sea salt and peanut butter for snacks.
The couple enjoy early dinners, which Meghan will appreciate even more, as sleep is likely to be slightly more encouraging as her third trimester progresses and they have a top-class juicer to make smoothies.
Not all treats are discarded. The couple, who like to eat out in relaxed, but high-end restaurants such as Bocca di Lupo and Dean Townhouse, would be a bowl of twice-cooked fries.
If they want to surrender to the progress of Meghan's pregnancy, she has said that her & # 39; ultimate food day & # 39; the breakfast of blueberry johnnycakes (cornmeal-flatbreads) with extra crispy bacon and maple syrup and an evening meal with rib-eye steak would be.
As a fashion-loving mother-in-hand, Meghan clearly enjoys dressing her bump.
It suits you, sir: Harry & # 39; s bad fitting suits (pictured in Antigua in 2016) are banned
Radiant in vivid purple and red, she brought a dose of dazzling glamor to Birkenhead this week.
It is harder for a man to make a splash, but the style makeover undergone by Harry since he got married seems to remain.
Once a fan of loose khaki's, sports tops and outdoor clothing and never a spicy dresser (he once wore a pair of Dunlop sports socks under a suit for a palace reception), Harry turns out to be a stylish future daddy.
His suits are tighter, his thinning is a neater, his beard is more prominent (but fashionably trimmed) and he often seems to coordinate with his wife.
In Birkenhead this week he wore his £ 230 Club Monaco topcoat in gray (just like Meghan doubles on her faves, he has it in two colors), a navy sweater and shirt with casual navy trousers and suede shoes.
THE DRAWING UP OF DAD-TO-BE
He was always the mischievous prince-the younger brother with a twinkle in his eyes. But there has been a change in the behavior of father-in-progress Harry.
Ever worried, the protective gestures of the prince when he is seen with Meghan have gone overdrive.
A hand on her back, constantly staring her way to check that everything is in order, seems to be his gesture about protecting his wife – and their unborn child.
Body language expert Judi James says: "Harry's PM (Pre-Meghan) body language was very typical of a younger sibling who had never assumed a role other than being a son.
Harry always showed the mischievous, mischievous smile from his youth and used it as an infectious form of reporting. & # 39;
The polished pate: Harry, pictured on the left in Wigan in July 2016 and in the middle of Birkenhead yesterday, cleaned up his hair and beard
Then Meghan came, and suddenly Harry started to look a bit nervous in public as she took on the more confident personality, rubbed his back, and touched his arm with a reassuring touch.
Now everything has changed and a more serious Harry is coming.
"The idea of being both father and husband seems to have changed his body language again," says Judi.
In the past, anxiety rituals increased, suggesting that he felt pressured to do things right, but we see a much more alpha-looking prince appear, suggesting that he has taken the lead. take and protect Meghan.
"He started walking and dragging his wife with a protective hand, more like a relaxed body than a relaxed partner. After having stayed in puberty for a long time in terms of body language, Harry seems to behave hurriedly as the serious, responsible and protective adult man and father. & # 39;
GETTING THE NEST
With an intense look at his new bride, it is a wonder that the biggest step in Harry's Daddy Detox left London.
While the couple continue to live (officially, at least) in Nottingham Cottage, their home in London on the grounds of Kensington Palace, since they started their journey to parenthood, they have taken comfort from the tranquility of rural life.
They are planning to build their home in Windsor, but in the meantime a £ 2.5 million rented farm on four acres of land has become perfect in Oxfordshire for the couple to prepare for what awaits us .
They have spent a lot of time in the property since discovering Meghan was pregnant, and have even adopted a second dog, alongside Meghan's aging rescue beagle, Guy.
The VERY unoccupied monk behind the prince's bedside table
While he struggles to turn his legs in lotus position for a place of meditation this week, Prince Harry can probably accept his literary guide eight steps to happiness.
This best-selling book with religious teachings was presented to Prince Harry in Birkenhead
During a visit to Birkenhead on Monday, this best-selling book of religious teachings was presented to him by a Buddhist monk, Kelsang Sonam, who was aware of the prince's growing interest in life-enhancing meditation practice.
The book & # 39; maps a full path of spiritual development. . . and explains how you can transform all the difficulties of life into truly liberating experiences & # 39 ;.
Readers are encouraged to free their minds of negativity and collect cosmic earnings by doing good deeds.
So far, so good. What is more harmless than that title and who – especially a new husband and future father – does not strive for happiness?
Indeed, the lessons in the 360 page book promote the practical wisdom that the Queen as head of the Church of England would certainly endorse.
Learn to nurture others, to practice compassion, gracefully to accept the defeat, to have faith, to draw joy from the happiness of friends and to surpass your enemies & # 39; – what Christians would call & # 39; turn the other cheek & # 39 ;.
But a word of warning for Harry.
It would have been forgiven him if he imagined that these were the teachings of a living saint, a man whose wisdom had been badly won in decades of self-denial.
Well, not entirely. The author of the book, Kelsang Gyatso, is a controversial self-styled & # 39; geshe & # 39; (oldest monk) – literally a & # 39; virtuous friend & # 39; – who preaches his own Buddhist brand, known as Kadampa. And this virtuous friend is involved in political struggles, murder of characters and power struggles for his entire adult life.
The author of the book, Kelsang Gyatso (photo), is a controversial, self-styled & # 39; geshe & # 39; – literally a & # 39; virtuous friend & # 39; – who preaches his own brand of Buddhism
Born in Tibet, but a naturalized British citizen, he was last heard five years ago in London, although his British base was a Victorian stately home, Ashe Hall in Derbyshire. Others have said that he was in Texas and that he would now be 87 if he was alive.
According to the website of his organization, he has set up more than 1,000 study centers worldwide, where disciples learn to be happy and to nurture others – and he shows these qualities perfectly in his own life.
Modesty is apparently not appreciated as a virtue. Certainly, the Dalai Lama, the leader of the Buddhists in the world, has little time for Gyatso and does not regard him as a "virtuous friend."
The title & # 39; geshe & # 39; is unfounded, he said in 2015 and added: "He has now turned against me, his own teacher. Apparently he insists that his own students follow him alone. & # 39;
Gyatso has shown what he thinks of the Dalai Lama. In the nineties, he organized two years of powerful demonstrations in Britain and elsewhere, with what an observer claimed to be an "aggressive international smear campaign. & # 39; was to undermine the Dalai Lama – a Nobel laureate of peace known as a gentle man – although Gyatso later claimed that "demonstrating loved him" & # 39;
This was far from Gyatso & # 39; s first fight with regular Buddhism.
He arrived in Britain in 1977 when he was invited to a lecture at Ashe Hall, followed by a quiet Buddhist retreat.
Years of power struggle followed, and when the dust came down, Ashe Hall was the headquarters for Kadampa, which some critics, rightly or wrongly, compared to a sect.
Kadampa is marketed as modern Buddhism & # 39 ;, but it is significant that on the front cover of his book, Eight Steps To Happiness, all 22 books recommended for further study are alone.
Regarding the central principle promoted in the book, Gysato says: "Throughout my life I will stop killing, stealing, lying or cheating, sexual activity, taking intoxicants and engaging in senseless activities." # 39;
Of course Prince Harry would not lie or cheat, let alone steal. Such a virtue does not need such an enlightenment, Buddhist or otherwise.
And under the friendly guidance of his part-time vegan woman, he has vigorously resisted the urge to kill things.
But what about the limitations of the monk against "participating in senseless activities & # 39; There are critics who can claim that some elements from Harry's post-military life can be summed up by that humorless phrase: another ribbon cutter, someone?
It is unlikely that the prince will take the & # 39; steps to happiness & # 39; will not find by following in the footsteps of this particular divisive and selfish monk.