Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Baby Be Raised Vegan?

It’s been no secret that Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, prefers to eat a plant-based diet most of the time. It therefore shouldn’t have been a surprise when rumors arose that she and Prince Harry might raise their royal baby as a vegan.

Somehow, this left many royal watchers aghast. A vegan baby? Can you really do that? Is that wise? It it safe?

And if the rumors are true, one of these naysayers might be Queen Elizabeth herself.

“The Queen won’t have it,” a “palace insider” told Woman’s Day. “Meghan seems to have little regard for royal traditions but bringing the baby up as a vegan simply won’t be tolerated by the monarch. It’s created tense discussions between Meghan and Harry, who doesn’t want to upset his grandmother.”

When your parents or in-laws don’t agree with decisions you’ve made about how you raise your child, family tensions can run thick. Now, imagine that your in-law is the queen of England. Suddenly, your family feud is international news. No pressure or anything, right?

In a 2016 Reader’s Digest Best Health interview, Meghan said she tries to “eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends.” She’s also apparently been quite successful at getting husband Harry to minimize meat and increase his fruit and vegetable consumption.

So it’s possible that Baby Sussex would follow a similar, mostly plant-based diet.

CAN BABIES THRIVE AS VEGANS?

It’s curious that there’s so much worried reaction to the notion of a vegan royal baby. When fed with care for their special needs, vegan babies are healthy, happy humans.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

“[A]ppropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes. Plant-based diets are more environmentally sustainable than diets rich in animal products because they use fewer natural resources and are associated with much less environmental damage. Vegetarians and vegans are at reduced risk of certain health conditions, including ischemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and obesity.”

But what about those occasional news stories of people who fed their babies “vegan” diets and either killed them or nearly did? Those parents were doing vegan wrong. They didn’t do their research or talk with a knowledgeable nutritionist about a vegan baby’s needs. And unfortunately, those sad stories scare people into thinking babies should not be vegan.

NUDGING THE ROYAL FAMILY INTO THE PLANT-BASED FUTURE

Meghan has been a trailblazer at shifting the royal family’s attitudes toward the 21st century. A generation ago, no one would have imagined that one of Princess Diana’s sons would be permitted to marry an American actress and divorcee. The wedding itself was tradition-shattering in many ways. And now, Meghan and Harry’s child-rearing decisions will hopefully keep the shift going in a positive direction.

Meghan continues to impose her own style and tastes on royal life. For one, she’s gotten Harry to put the brakes on his hunting hobby. She also speaks out on equality and gender rights, continues to practice yoga and remains a voice for animals.

Certainly, having a world-famous animal activist and influencer insist on raising her baby as a plant-based eater would bring welcome attention to this type of diet.

Go vegan, Baby Sussex. You’ll have a positive impact on the environment while saving animals’ lives and your own future health. And let your great-grandma know it’s OK, won’t you?

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Mark Jones

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