Which Members of the Royal Family Smoke Cigarettes?

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Today, we’ve all heard about the dangers of smoking but years ago it was viewed as glamorous and the thing to do especially in elite circles and amongst the royal family.

Although Queen Elizabeth II is not believed to have ever smoked several members of her family including her father, King George VI, and her sister, Princess Margaret, did and many of her uncles and other relatives died from smoking-related illnesses.

Here, we’re taking a look at some of the more recent smokers in the family. Did you know these royals enjoyed puffing on cigarettes?

Prince Harry

Prince Harry

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Most people are aware that Prince Harry used to smoke. The royal started doing so in his teens and reportedly became a pack-a-day smoker of Marlboros. But that all changed when he met Meghan Markle.

Cigarettes are another example of what the prince wanted to give up for his new wife. It was reported that the former Suits star wanted Harry to live a healthier lifestyle. This meant ditching his nicotine habit and included everything from exercising to eating better. In fact, as soon as Markle moved into Nottingham Cottage she got rid of all the junk food. She went through his pantry and fridge and tossed away all the processed food.

A source told the Daily Mail that “Meghan completely changed Harry’s diet.” The prince traded in his high-calorie snacks for green juice and fruit smoothies.

Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie

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Would you have guessed that Prince Harry’s cousin, Prince Eugenie, used to smoke as well?

In 2009, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s daughter was photographed by the MailOnline with a cigarette in her hand while she was hanging out in Sydney with her bodyguard and some friends.

The princess was 19 when those pictures were taken and it’s been reported that while she did enjoy a smoke from time to time when she was a teen, she has since quit.

Camilla Parker Bowles

Camilla Parker Bowles

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You can’t talk about royals who smoked cigarettes without mentioning Camilla Parker Bowles. The Duchess of Cornwall was a smoker for 30 years before she gave it up because the Prince of Wales absolutely hated the habit.

Charles’ wife smoked about half a pack a day and when she was ready to kick the habit enlisted the help of health guru Mosaraf Ali and was able to stop.

Smoking banned at all palaces

In 2016, word came from Buckingham Palace that smoking was banned at all royal residences including Windsor Castle, St James’s Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Clarence House, where Prince Charles resides, had already been a non-smoking zone for years since he loathes the smell of smoke.

The 2006 Health Act prevents smoking in enclosed public spaces including workplaces so smoking inside most of the palaces had not been permitted for some time. However, royals who took puffs in designated areas on palace grounds saw that end on May 22, 2016.

Read more: Does Queen Elizabeth II Drink?

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