While some soon-to-be dads may prepare for their baby’s arrival by practicing changing diapers, Prince Harry is taking a different approach. During the Duke of Sussex’s outing in Birkenhead, England with his pregnant wife, Meghan Markle, on Monday, Jan. 14, Harry, 34, was reportedly given a copy of a book titled 8 Steps to Happiness by Buddhist monk Kelsang Sonam after telling him that he now meditates every day.
With Meghan, 37, expected to give birth in just a few short months, Harry practicing meditation on a regular basis doesn’t seem like a bad idea considering his upcoming role as a first-time dad will likely be both exciting and scary for the royal. And since Harry has been extremely candid about his struggle with mental health in the past, meditation might be helping with that, too!
The ginger-haired hunk most recently spoke about his struggles during the Invictus Games closing ceremony in October 2018 during his first overseas royal tour with Meghan. At the time, the prince courageously opened up about how he suffered from poor mental health following the tragic death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997. “I’ve been there, you’ve been there, and we now need to reach out to those who can never even imagine themselves in that place,” he encouraged the crowd.
Harry also previously opened up to The Telegraph about how his past mental health struggles negatively affected many aspects of his life. “I can safely say that losing my mom at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he revealed.
Perhaps Harry’s mission for a more zen outlook on life was inspired by his wife, Meg. In 2015, the former Suits actress opened up about her experiences with meditation on her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig. “Last week marked the one year anniversary of my relationship with meditation, something I found endlessly daunting at first (the thoughts, the distractions, the boredom of it), but soon became the quietude that rocked my world,” the brunette beauty wrote. “I can’t put my finger on the why or the how, but I will tell you this much, for me… I am just happier. And meditation has much to do with that.”
At the time, meditation was so beneficial for the now-Duchess that she even tried to convince others to get involved. “I urge you to give it a shot,” she continued. “The worst thing that can happen is that you gave yourself ten minutes of quiet in an endlessly loud world. Shh… it feels good.”
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