Prince Harry about starting a family: ‘Meg’s weight was a barrier’

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For the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, getting pregnant wasn’t as easy as it seemed

After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married, it didn’t take long for the couple to announce that they wanted to have children. In 2018 they announced that they were planning on starting a family. And a little while after that, their son Archie was born. But things weren’t as easy as they might’ve seemed.

Starting a family

In his book Spare, Harry writes about how he and his new wife Meghan couldn’t wait to start a family. “We both wanted to start a family straightaway. We were working crazy hours, our jobs were demanding, the timing wasn’t ideal, but too bad. This had always been our main priority.” And even though it didn’t take long for the couple to eventually announce their pregnancy, Harry reveals that it wasn’t easy to get there. “We worried about the stress of our daily lives, that it might prevent us getting pregnant,” he wrote in his book.

Meghan’s weight

But of all the causes that might have been preventing the couple from starting their family, Meghan’s weight turned out to be responsible. “The toll [of stress] was starting to be visible on Meg; she’d lost a great deal of weight in the last year.” Friends of the couple recommended an ayurvedic doctor who could help them conceive. “[The doctor] did confirm our suspicion that Meg’s weight loss might be a barrier to conceiving.” That same doctor promised the couple that if Meghan gained five pounds, she would get pregnant. “So Meg ate, and ate, and soon put on the recommended five pounds, and we looked hopefully at the calendar,” Harry revealed in his memoir. On May 6th, 2019, Archie Harrison was born. And on June 4th, 2021 their daughter Lilibet was welcomed to the world.

Harry says that he is very grateful to be father to his two children and that he wants to be very much involved in their lives.

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