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Meghan Markle: 7 health and fitness secrets from Prince Harry's girlfriend - Evening Standard

October 19, 2017


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Hollywood actress, UN ambassador, style icon and Prince Harry’s long-distance girlfriend – it’s hard to imagine how Meghan Markle fits it all in.

When she hasn’t been busy promoting the new season of Netflix drama Suits – where she plays feisty paralegal Rachel Zane – she’s been out and about on all kinds of official duties as Prince Harry’s newly announced girlfriend.

Despite their relationship being public knowledge for more than 12 months, Markle and her beau were only pictured together for the first time this September.

Now their relationship is out in the open, speculation about the pair has reached fever pitch – and there’s even rumours of an engagement announcement any day now.

While we’ve been fawning over their recent PDAs – and the news that Harry finally bit the bullet and introduced his girl to The Queen – we’ve also been pondering the eternal question: just how does she find the time to maintain her enviable physique?

Here, we’ve unearthed seven things that Meghan Markle does to achieve the body she has now.

1. Do yoga

It’s no surprise that Meghan is a fan of yoga, given that the Eastern practice runs in her family. “My mum was a yoga instructor so that practice is in my blood,” she told Women’s Health.

“There are so many benefits that come with the practice,” she also divulged to Best, “increased flexibility and muscle strength, greater happiness, increased mental focus, a greater ability to relax, decreased anxiety and better sleep.”

So does Harry’s girl prefer a slow flow or a high-tempo class?

“I love an intense vinyasa class”, she told Women’s Health, “and even better if it’s blasting hip-hop and done in a dark room with candlelight. The best!”

2. Don’t skip the gym

We’ve all had those days where the alarm goes off at 6am and you simply can’t force yourself to open your eyes, let alone endure a 45-minute cardio class.

While those dreadful early morning gym sessions may feel cruel, painful and sadistic as you trudge onto an empty Tube carriage, your body will thank you when you arrive at work with a post-workout buzz.

My health, my state of mind, the feeling you have after a workout; all of this things drive me to step onto my mat or go to the gym,” Markle told Women’s Health. “Sometimes the idea of working out sounds absolutely dreadful, but I always remind myself of how good it will feel afterward. Euphoric, almost!”

4. Go running

Not only does she credit running with keeping her in shape, Markle says going for a jog helps her to de-stress after a long day at work.

“Running has always been my form of moving meditation, which I relish because it allows me to get out of my head,” she told Women’s Health. “I also work closely with a personal trainer named Craig McNamee when I am filming Suits in Toronto.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in first public appearance together

5. Buddy up

Even if she likes to run solo, that doesn’t mean there’s no room for friends in Meghan’s workout routine. In fact, she loves to hit the gym with London pal Millie Macintosh when she’s in town.

“I’m eager to come to the UK to do a workout with Russell [Bateman], the founder of SBC,” she told Women’s Health. “My friend Millie Macintosh raves about his workouts, so I’ll call her up to do a class together next time I’m back in London.”

6. Cook at home

“I love to cook, so every day I’m cooking something, even if it’s just making a pesto that I can put in the fridge for later in the week or any little component that you feel like you can take some pride in I think is really important versus going out to eat, for me,” Meghan said.

She also likes to “eat as clean as possible” and avoid foods that make her “feel lethargic or sluggish” – we’re guessing chips are off the menu then.

7. Let yourself enjoy naff TV and a glass of wine

Who doesn’t love watching an episode of Strictly with a glass of vino and no plans but to lie vertically on the sofa for the rest of the evening? Forget mediation, zone-out TV is almost a mindful ritual in its own right – and Meghan is more than on board with the concept.

I give myself the luxury of downtime,” she told Women’s Health. “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.”

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