Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduced Oprah Winfrey to the chickens they rescued from a factory farm as part of a gripping interview the media mogul released this week. The couple invited Winfrey to their sprawling new home in Montecito, CA—where they moved last summer after leaving the royal family—to meet the rescued animals and their nearly one-year-old son Archie. The rescued chickens reside in a coop with a sign that reads “Archie’s Chick Inn, Established 2021.” In 2018, Markle also adopted a dog she named “Guy Markle” from animal rescue A Dog’s Dream, which rescued the beagle from a high-kill shelter in Kentucky. “I just love rescuing,” Markle told Winfrey.
While they visited with the rescued chickens, Markle explained that her 2018 royal wedding was a spectacle put on for the public. “Three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that but we called the archbishop and said, ‘Look, this thing, this spectacle is for the world but we want our union between us,’” Markle said, explaining that the real ceremony took place in their backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.
During the tell-all interview, Markle and Harry explained that their departure from the royal family was the result of bullying by British tabloid media and continued racism perpetuated by palace insiders. One instance Markle described included an unnamed palace insider who expressed concern over baby Archie’s skin tone prior to his birth in 2019. Markle explained that she suffered from suicidal thoughts brought on by the bullying and racist comments. During the interview, the 39-year-old revealed she is pregnant with a baby girl, her second child, and said the family’s move to California is “greater than any fairytale you’ve ever read,” adding that their new life allows her to get “back down to the basics” and “live authentically.”
Is Meghan Markle vegan?
While it is not confirmed that Markle is vegan, the Duchess of Sussex is a known advocate of sustainable living. When she was a full-time actress on television series Suits, she told magazine Best Health: “When I’m filming, I’m conscious of what I eat. I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends.” The Duchess has also turned heads with her ethical wardrobe, often choosing to appear publicly in faux fur and vegan leather, including Adidas’ vegan Stan Smith X Stella McCartney sneakers she was spotted wearing on a royal tour of New Zealand’s eco-conscious Abel Tasman National Park.
In December 2020, Markle made her first investment after declaring financial independence from the royal family in Clevr Brands, a woman-owned vegan latte company which donates a portion of its proceeds to support food security and racial justice. During the holidays, Markle sent Winfrey—who also resides in Montecito—a gift basket filled with Clevr’s’ vegan lattes, which the media mogul praised on her social media accounts.