Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are currently on a royal tour of Australia, which has about a 10-hour time difference to their home in London. No one would blame them for still reeling from that change, especially given the fact that Markle is newly pregnant and the couple seemingly has one engagement after the next. On Friday (October 19), while she and Prince Harry spent time talking about mental health on Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Markle reportedly confirmed she has been up at odd hours this week—but she has a strategy for pushing through the exhaustion.
Charlotte Connell, a member of the OneWave surfing community that prioritizes mental health and well-being, told Sky News that she and Markle had discussed their concurrent pregnancies on the beach Friday. “Meghan told me that pregnancy was like having jet lag,” Connell said. “She said she was up at 4:30 a.m. this morning doing yoga in her room, as she couldn’t sleep.” Connell spoke further about Markle’s love of yoga to the Associated Press, reporting that the Duchess of Sussex told her “it’s so good for healing her mind.”
The conversation took place while Prince Harry and Markle reportedly participated in OneWave’s weekly “anti-bad vibe circle,” during which they candidly discuss their mental health issues in between surfing and yoga sessions. For his part, Prince Harry spoke to the group about his own decision to seek counseling after the death of his mother. “Each and every one of us will experience poor mental health, it doesn’t discriminate,” he said, according to Sky News.
Markle, whose mom, Doria Ragland, is a yoga instructor in their home state of California, has previously opened up about her love of yoga, People reports. In a 2016 cover story for Canada’s Best Health magazine, Markle noted that she’d been practicing yoga for almost her entire life. “Yoga is my thing. My mom is a yoga instructor, and I started doing mommy-and-me yoga with her when I was 7. I was very resistant as a kid, but she said, ‘Flower, you will find your practice — just give it time,'” Markle said, adding, “In college, I started doing it more regularly.”