It may be a new year, but it seems clear 2019 is going to be providing the same old “Wait, is this really true?!” British-tabloid-originated Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reports. The first such story this year to get traction was initially reported by the Sunday Express: per the outlet, Meghan has—wait for it—banned Prince Harry from drinking… tea and coffee.
Yes, a royal insider (Prince George sending Instagram DMs? Meghan’s former assistant? A gossip-y butler?) claims that Harry has not only given up drinking alcohol in solidarity with his pregnant wife, but that he has now ditched caffeine, as well, at her urging. The Express claims that Meghan has also encouraged Harry to pursue yoga and other healthier lifestyle habits.
This Harry 2.0, if you will, has been getting rave reviews from his friends and family, apparently. The Express’s source says, “Considering he’s been a pretty brutal drinker since he was a young teenager, it’s quite an achievement.” His friends have noticed that the royal is “more chilled and relaxed,” and have credited Meghan with the shift. “All she did was show him there’s another way to live and he’s become a huge fan,” the source says. And in a quote that should perhaps motivate those of us attempting to stick to some 2019 resolutions, the source adds, “He eats well, doesn’t poison his body, exercises, does a bit of yoga and is a lot happier.”
So far, the Palace has not commented on the record, and it is basically impossible for us to know if Harry has actually given up tea and coffee. (The Daily Mail notes that the prince was seen sticking to water at a state dinner in October.) This feels almost like the platonic ideal of a royal-related story that makes for a great headline but also is tough to fully buy. Maybe it’s just that he’s trying to sort of minimise his caffeine intake and made an offhand joke about it at a Christmas party, which got passed to a friend of a friend, eventually making its way to the paper’s source? In any event, we have little doubt our own lives would be way happier and healthier if we stuck to a Markle-endorsed Tig-esque lifestyle.
This story was first published by Vanity Fair.
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