Sweating for the wedding takes on a whole new level of insanity when said wedding is broadcast to roughly two billion people around the world. No pressure. Luckily for Meghan Markle, she's had her diet and exercise regimen locked-down for years. As the daughter of a yoga instructor, Markle loves to cook and eats a predominately plant-based diet, but she allows room for occasional indulgences. She's also a workout fiend, crediting everything pilates and running with keeping her fit. Ahead, find out how Markle's secrets for will looking and feeling her best on royal wedding day.
Meghan Markle eats fries, drinks wine, and indulges in the occasional ice cream cone—because what is life without a treat here or there? The key is to make most of your diet full of nourishing plant-based foods that are naturally low in calories but high in fiber. "I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends," Markle previously said while filming Suits. "But at the same time, it’s all about balance. Because I work out the way I do, I don’t ever want to feel deprived. I feel that the second you do that is when you start to binge on things. It’s not a diet; it’s lifestyle eating."
An ideal day of eating for Markle looks like this: "A Clean Cleanse vanilla shake blended with frozen Ontario blueberries for breakfast, a Niçoise salad and glass of rosé, with some Grey Owl goat cheese and baguette on the side for lunch, and a leisurely dinner of seafood and pasta, and a negroni to cap off the night," she previously told The New Potato.
Markle considers herself a pro-carb kind of girl, unlike her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton who adopted a low-carb, high-protein meal plan ahead of her wedding in 2011. "French fries – I could eat French fries all day. And I love pasta. I love carbs – who doesn’t love a carbohydrate?" Markle has said. "The same goes for wine. Of course I’m going to have that glass of wine – it’s delicious and I enjoy it." In fact, she even named her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig after her favorite brand of red wine, Tignanello. "God, do I love wine; a beautiful full red or a crisp white. But if it’s cocktails, I love a spicy tequila cocktail, negroni, or good scotch—neat," she said. "Do the things you enjoy within reason," she says. "Know your body and what works for you and you’ll be fine."
The future royal stocks her fridge with healthy snacks and staples you can pick up at any grocery store. "Hummus, carrots—because I love them and so does my dog, Bogart, strangely—a green juice, almond milk, for sure, and a chia seed pudding I make every single week," she previously told Good Housekeeping. "So easy, so good. I really love to cook."
She credits her SoCal childhood and time spent around TV-set craft services tables (of all things!) with kickstarting her fascination with cooking and entertaining. "Growing up in Southern California...we had a meyer lemon tree and fig tree in my backyard, I loved gardening and growing my own vegetables. That farm to table ethos was ingrained at such a young age, Also, I grew up on the set of the TV show Married with Children where my dad was the lighting director. The show was, shall we say, saucier than a little girl my age should be watching, so my dad would have me help in craft services," she told Eye Swoon. "I would help make the food trays, and learned how connective food could be – how happy people would be when I walked in with a tray of perfect crudités. It was awesome, and definitely planted the seed of my love for making and sharing food."
Markle has been busy traveling ahead of her May wedding, but she has a go-to room service meal when she's on the road. "If I’m at a hotel I will likely order poached eggs and toast with avocado," she says. Carbs, protein, healthy fats—it checks all the boxes.
"My mom was a yoga instructor so that practice is in my blood," Markle has said. "I love an intense vinyasa class — and even better if it's blasting hip-hop and done in a dark room with candlelight."
Prior to her engagement to Prince Harry, Markle would document her fitness routine on Instagram and her (now defunct) lifestyle site The Tig. She credits pilates, running, and yoga for keeping her lean and strong. "Running has always been my form of moving meditation, which I relish because it allows me to get out of my head," Markle previously told Women's Health.
Markle prefers Megaformer pilates, which uses a machine that combines the toning of pilates with the resistance training of bodybuilding.“[It’s] hands down the best thing you could do for your body,” US Weekly credits Markle saying. “Your body changes immediately.”
Before moving to London, she told Women's Health about one workout she was eager to try. "I'm eager to come to the UK to do a workout with Russell [Bateman], the founder of SBC," she said. "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."
From Harper's Bazaar US