Breaking with royal tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have chosen a vegan-friendly hospital for the birth of her first child.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expected to welcome their child sometime around April, with the Duchess choosing to deliver at the vegan-friendly Mulberry Birth Centre (located at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey.)
In addition to a birthing pool, aromatherapy and mood-changing lights – the Mulberry Birth Centre reportedly offers a fully vegan menu – with options such as a plant-based burger, vegetable stir-fry, lentil casserole, chickpea curry and fruit desserts.
The birth centre describes its facilities as a “more homely environment, where the focus is on birth without medical intervention.”
Meghan and Harry’s decision to deliver their child at a publicly-funded hospital is a break with royal tradition – where previous members of the British royal family have opted for London’s exclusive Lindo Wing (part of St Mary’s Hospital.)
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Today The Duchess of Sussex made her first visit to @TheMayhew since becoming Patron – Mayhew is a grassroots charity working in a unique way to improve the lives of animals and people to better communities both in London and internationally. Mayhew looks for innovative ways to reduce the number of animals in need through pro-active community and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care. Among the people she met was Wully, a formerly homeless pet refuge service user, and his two dogs Azzy and Gallis – The Duchess found out about the different ways Mayhew’s animal welfare officers have supported Wully and his pets over the past 11 years. Her Royal Highness also met Roobarb the dog, who is part of Mayhew’s dog therapy programme TheraPaws, which puts smiles on the faces of vulnerable individuals. The Duchess met volunteers who dedicate their time to Mayhew community programmes, including the trap, neuter and return programme, which controls and cares for the feral cat communities in London. And Her Royal Highness was also able to meet the team behind Mayhew’s international work, which includes an overseas vet training programme in countries like India and Afghanistan to help improve animal welfare.
According to reports, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also chosen to decorate their baby’s nursery with gender-neutral shades of vegan paint.
Sources state the royal couple have selected paint that’s free from toxic chemicals, milk derivatives and beeswax (all commonly found in household paints,) to decorate their rooms at Frogmore House.
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