Prince Harry’s smoking habit stubbed out by super healthy Meghan Markle

Prince Harry gave up smoking for good after meeting Meghan Markle

Prince Harry’s smoking habit stubbed out by super healthy Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry's smoking habit was stubbed out by Meghan Markle, after decades of battling the unhealthy vice. 


Prince Harry’s smoking history has been relit following Katie Couric’s shocking claims that the young royal reeked of cigarettes and booze when they first met. 

In her highly-anticipated upcoming memoir, Going There, the US news presenter shares a rather unflattering picture of the Duke of Sussex from her encounter with him at a polo match in Belize in 2012. 

Couric recalls that Harry appeared to "ooze" alcohol and cigarettes from "every pore of his body" during their brief interaction, adding that he was going through his “wild oats sowing days” at the time. 

The Duke has since admitted he struggled with substance abuse in his late 20s, drinking up to a "week’s worth of alcohol in one day" to cope with his anxiety and depression. 

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Prince Harry in Belize in 2012 

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Smoking—another common tool for relieving stress—was also a bad habit of Harry’s during his youth. Having reportedly tried his first cigarette at boarding school, he quickly developed a nicotine addiction and continued to light up into adulthood. It’s even been said that he could go through a full packet of Marlboro Lights in one day at the height of his dependency—a vice that likely didn’t go down well with his non-smoking mother, the Queen. 

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Prince Harry reportedly started smoking at boarding school 

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Luckily for Harry, as well as those around him, it seems his smoking days have well and truly been extinguished. The introduction of a non-smoking policy at Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace in 2016 was likely a major contributor to his quitting, making it increasingly difficult for him to puff away without setting off the fire alarms. 

The premature death of his grandaunt, Princess Margaret, was another possible factor in inspiring him to ditch the habit. The Queen’s younger sister died aged 71 from a stroke, after a lifetime of heavy smoking and drinking. 

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Princess Margaret was a heavy smoker 

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However, most royal experts believe that it was Harry's wife, Meghan Markle, who motivated him to permanently break up with the pricey tobacco sticks. 

The American actress is reportedly a devout anti-smoker, having been raised by a super-fit yoga mom in health-conscious California. She eats a mostly clean diet, preferring vegan cuisine over meat-based dishes, and exercises regularly with treadmill workouts and pilates classes. 

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Meghan Markle leads an extremely healthy lifestyle 

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With such an emphasis on her wellbeing, it’s no surprise Meghan wouldn’t be a fan of her husband lighting up. The Suits star also wanted to start a family with Harry—a process that can often be negatively impacted by smoking. Harry officially curbed the habit for Meghan in 2017, two years before they welcomed their first child, Archie. 

"Harry has promised no smoking at all at home. It's not nice for Meghan as a non-smoker," a friend close to the couple told the Daily Mail. "So there's no more hanging out of the window for a quick puff. Harry has quit for Meghan." 

Now, instead of smoking, Harry uses alternative—and much healthier—tools to help him minimize stress. As well as following a whole foods diet, he has upped his workouts and attends regular therapy sessions. 

Emma Dooney
Emma Dooney

Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.