Day in the Life:
On May 19th, 2018, the British royal family welcomed in their newest member, Meghan Markle. The new royal and former-actress from Suits have had a lot of media buzz circling her. Her identity as a biracial American woman has stirred up positive and negative emotions alike from the public. Tensions around whether her father would attend her wedding endeared her to most. Sweet or sour feelings aside, the world watched in awe as Britain received their “new princess” tastefully dressed in a gorgeous Givenchy gown.” Meghan and Prince Harry had a beautiful ceremony in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, giving Megan the title of the new Duchess of Sussex. We can imagine that going from a well-known actress to an uber-famous princess (okay, duchess) would do a number on a person’s wellness routine.
So how does Meghan Markle manage her body clock in order to deal with all the chaos?
On her lifestyle website, The Tig, Markle was transparent about her habits and strategies to schedule and lead a fulfilling life. She inherited her passion for health advocacy and yoga from her mother, Doria Ragland, a yoga instructor. Though her day plans have changed after the recent nuptials, substituting work life as an actress for royal training, Markle’s principles for health will undoubtedly journey with her. As she transitions from civilian to royal, this is how we imagine she will keep wellness a priority.
New “Royal” Schedule:
6:00 AM: Wake up
6:30 AM: Run
7:30 AM: Yoga
8:00 AM: Shower
8:15 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: Beauty routine
10:00 AM: Royal Training
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM: Royal Training
7:00 PM: Dinner
9:00 PM: Decompress
11:30 PM: Sleep
How do we know?? Check out these details about her new life and how she may meld her old life with her new life.
Markle begins many of her days with a 6 mile run around Kensington Gardens, while Prince Harry goes to the gym. For Markle, running is a meditative practice. She told Shape magazine, “I need it as much for my head and to clear my head as for keeping in shape.” For her, fitness is more about wellness rather than a need to fulfill an ideal body shape.
“I think being in shape just means feeling confident, being as healthy as you can… being happy with your size and being kind to yourself — that’s part of being in shape, too. To really just say, ‘it’s okay if I’m up a little bit this day,’ or down, whatever it is. Just own where you are and love yourself.“
After her run, Markle will practice yoga or watch workout videos to vary her fitness routine. The Daily Mail noted, “She’s also a fan of workout DVDs, including Tracy Anderson’s Method — a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian — and Pilates Platinum, an American cardio and strength workout which she credits for her toned limbs and taut abs.”
Being health conscious, Markle makes sure to eat foods that will nourish her body and won’t make her feel sluggish throughout the day. She drinks hot water with lemon and will vary her breakfast choices depending on her busy schedule. Some days she will eat chia seed pudding or steel cut oats with bananas and agave drizzled on top. On more relaxed days she will make an omelet with herbs and stuffed with cheese followed by two pieces of toast. When she feels like indulging a little, Markle will opt for gluten-free pancakes.
Markle’s new life as a royal means that she has to live by new rules. Markle is no longer allowed to work for money and has had to step back from her acting career. In order to uphold the privacy of her new title, she has been required to delete her Instagram account and her lifestyle website, leaving behind a farewell note to her readers. According to The Times, Markle will train with the Queen’s assistant and private secretary, Samantha Cohen for the next six months. She will be learning the customs and rituals of the royal family. Her new duties as Duchess of Sussex will have her traveling to many countries to meet government officials, attend ceremonies, and even christen ships. Like her new husband, Prince Harry, and her in-laws, Prince William and Kate Middleton, she will devote much of her time to raising money for charities. She will also partake in letter writing, as the royal family receives about 100,000 letters a year.
Lunch and Dinner
As a flexitarian, Markle tries to stick to a predominantly vegetarian diet, eating meat every so often. According to the Business Insider, Markle focuses on finding the perfect balance between eating healthy and avoiding too many restrictions. By focusing her fitness goals around wellness, she allows herself wiggle room to enjoy her meals. As she told Best Health, “Because I work out the way I do, I don’t ever want to feel deprived.” Markle’s attitude towards health consciousness has also rubbed off on Prince Harry. He has since dropped cigarette smoking and picked up eating more quinoa.
Although Prince Harry and Markle love to go out in disguises to see movies or theater productions, Markle prefers to relax and spend some cozy nights at homes. Markle previously told Women’s Health,
“I give myself the luxury of downtime… We are all so incredibly busy and juggling so many things, but I always take an hour to just decompress, watch mindless TV, snuggle with my dogs, and enjoy a glass of wine. That’s all part of the investment. It’s a balance.”
For Markle, this time to decompress is an act of self-care which rounds out her wellness routine.
With the dawning of a new chapter in Markle’s life, we at Owaves want to wish the founder and lifestyle editor of The Tig a farewell and huge blessing in her journey as the Duchess of Sussex. May she continue to be a princess in shining (*wink*) example of listening to her body clock.
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