Prince Harry Reportedly Gives Up Alcohol and Caffeine in Solidarity With Meghan Markle During Her Pregnancy

And the royal's friends have noticed a big change in Harry as a result.

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Pregnancy is a pretty amazing thing, just objectively speaking. We take it for granted, but it's women growing whole new humans inside their bodies, which is just wild and weird and impressive as hell. Like most impressive feats, of course, it also requires some sacrifice—specifically, for some, choosing to give up some adult human favorites, like alcohol and caffeine, for nine months.

Because some gender inequalities are just built in to nature, women are the ones who get hit with these specific sacrifices. Because gender inequality sucks no matter what, some men choose to even the playing field by willingly making these sacrifices along with their expecting partnersPrince Harry is, apparently, one of these men—at least if unnamed "sources" speaking to the British press are to be believed.

"Considering he’s been a pretty brutal drinker since he was a young teenager, it’s quite an achievement," a source close to the royals said, according to Express, explaining that Harry has swapped alcohol and caffeinated drinks for ultra-healthy mineral waters.

Not only is this a very sweet move for Harry as a husband, the source also says it's been good for his overall health and well-being, too.

"He was always fidgeting and on the go, always looking for the next thrill. He was a great laugh but it was always very full on...Now his new regime doesn’t make him the most entertaining party guest in the world, but he’s definitely more chilled and relaxed."

Of course, Meghan's healthy influence on Harry dates back long before she realized she was growing an adorable little royal inside her. Friends of the royals reported (anonymously, so again, grain of salt) that Harry started making lifestyle changes inspired by Meghan before they were even engaged.

“All she did was show him there’s another way to live and he’s become a huge fan," an 

Express source said. "He eats well, doesn’t poison his body, exercises, does a bit of yoga and is a lot happier."

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[H/T: Express]

Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.