Prince Harry’s One Habit That Meghan Markle Calls Him Out For
In every relationship, each partner does something that gets under the other one’s skin. It’s inevitable. And as it turns out, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren’t an exception to the rule. The new BBC documentary, Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, gave us an inside look at some of the day-to-day life for the royal family. In it, Harry reveals his at-home habit that Markle can’t help but call him out for.
He obsessively turns out the lights at home
In the documentary, Harry and Prince William teased themselves about the habit they have in common. Apparently, both brothers have the same obsession: turning off unnecessary lights at home. They do, at least, know where the habit comes from: their own father, Prince Charles. “He’s a stickler for turning lights off,” Harry said about Charles. However, he added, “And that’s now something that I’m obsessed with as well.”
William certainly didn’t deny the accusation. “I know, I’ve got serious OCD on light switches now, which is terrible,” he said.
Markle has teased Harry for his habit
Granted, Harry could have way worse habits than simply trying to conserve energy. However, his obsessiveness over it clearly gets under Markle’s skin. Harry admitted, “Which is insane because – I don’t know whether your wife doesn’t – my wife certainly goes, ‘Well, why turn the lights off? You know, it’s dark.’ I go, ‘We only need one light, we don’t need like six.’”
Harry is thankful for his father’s lessons
Even if Harry and Markle might bicker about how many lights to have on at home, Harry pointed out that he’s thankful for his father’s habit being passed down to him. “And all of a sudden it becomes a habit and those small habit changes he’s making, every single person can do,” he said. “And I think it’s one of the key lessons that he taught us.”
Charles has always been conscious about the environment
Charles’ obsession with turning the lights out wasn’t the only way Harry and William learned to be conscious of the environment. During Harry’s royal tour of Australia with Markle, he gave a speech at the Australian Geographic Society Awards. He credited his father in the speech for being environmentally conscious for years:
My father and others have been speaking about the environment for decades – not basing it on fallacy or new-age hypothesis, but rooted in science and facts, and the sobering awareness of our environmental vulnerability. And while those speeches would sometimes fall on deaf ears, he and others were unrelenting in their commitment to preserve the most valuable resource we have – our planet.
Harry has put his own environmental concerns into action
Thanks to his father’s inspiration, Harry has put his own environmental concerns into action over the years. For starters, he’s paid Africa multiple visits to “promote and participate in conservation efforts and anti-poaching projects to protect the continent’s wildlife and local communities,” according to Harper’s Bazaar. He spent the summer of 2016 in Africa to work with organizations to relocate animals into safer and less-crowded areas.
In 2017, Harry told Town & Country, “I do worry. I think everyone should worry. We need to look after [endangered animals], because otherwise our children will not have a chance to see what we have seen. This is God’s test: If we can’t save some animals in a wilderness area, what else can’t we do?”
Markle supports ethical and sustainable brands
Even if Markle teases Harry for his habits, she obviously knows they come from a good place. She does her part to save the environment and improve working conditions in a seriously impactful way: fashion. She often wears clothing and jewelry brands that are sustainably created or ethically sourced.
Markle was spotted wearing jewelry by Ecksand, a sustainable Canadian jewelry brand, during her royal tour of Australia. The brand’s co-founder and designer Erica Bianchini raved, “Just seeing her wear our pieces really reiterates to us that she must already be aligned with our values.”
Plus, nearly everything the Duchess of Sussex wears has the “Meghan Markle effect” of selling out pretty much immediately — so she’ll have fans wearing more sustainable brands in no time.