Meghan Markle reveals what she does to cope with newfound pregnancy

Mum-to-be Meghan reveals her pregnancy is 'like having jet lag' and she is getting up at 4.30am to do yoga

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed what keeps them grounded during their first pregnancy
  • The Duchess says the pregnancy is 'rather like jet lag' and has been doing yoga at early hours of the morning
  • The royal couple announced their pregnancy on Monday afternoon, the first day of their tour of Australia
  • Visiting Bondi on Friday morning, Harry said he prefers to talk openly about mental health to break the stigma
  • Meghan also revealed her concern over the use social media, saying it was 'freeing' not to be online anymore
  • The couple then visited a local high school, where they told students the importance of female empowerment 

By Rebecca English, Royal Correspondent, In Sydney For The Daily Mail and Stephen Gibbs for Daily Mail Australia

Published: 20:41 EDT, 18 October 2018 | Updated: 07:28 EDT, 19 October 2018

The Duchess of Sussex has described the early stages of pregnancy as being 'rather like jet lag'.

Meghan, who is expecting her first baby with Prince Harry in the Spring of 2019, also told royal fans who gathered to catch a glimpse of the popular couple on Bondi Beach in Sydney on Thursday how she's relying on yoga to boost her energy levels.  

The Duchess, 37, admitted she'd been awake at 4.30am that morning practising in an effort to combat her tiredness, as she and Harry joined an 'anti bad vibes' circle on Australia's most iconic beach with members of a local surfing community group.    

The royal's mother Doria Ragland is a yoga instructor, and fitness fan Meghan - who was frequently snapped out and about with her yoga mat in the days before she joined The Firm - has previously described the practice as being 'in her blood'.

Charlotte Connell, 35, who is 23 weeks pregnant, and is the mother of Finn, two, said: 'Meghan told me that pregnancy was like having jet lag. She said she was up up at 4.30am this morning doing yoga in her room as she couldn't sleep. 

'It’s a bit of a double whammy for her, she said, as she has both the baby and the jet lag to content with.

'We both talked about how you feel jet lagged even though you have not travelled anywhere.

'Even in her jet lag she got up to do yoga this morning at 4.30. Physical activity like yoga and surfing is so good for healing your mind.' 

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Meghan is pictured placing her hand on her tiny baby bump as she arrived at Sydney's iconic Bondi on Friday morning
Meghan is pictured placing her hand on her tiny baby bump as she arrived at Sydney's iconic Bondi on Friday morning

Meghan is pictured placing her hand on her tiny baby bump as she arrived at Sydney's iconic Bondi on Friday morning

The  couple announced their first pregnancy on Monday, the same day they arrived in Australia for their royal tour
The  couple announced their first pregnancy on Monday, the same day they arrived in Australia for their royal tour

The couple announced their first pregnancy on Monday, the same day they arrived in Australia for their royal tour

Duchess Meghan has now revealed she does early-morning yoga to cope with sleeplessness brought on by her pregnancy
Duchess Meghan has now revealed she does early-morning yoga to cope with sleeplessness brought on by her pregnancy

Duchess Meghan has now revealed she does early-morning yoga to cope with sleeplessness brought on by her pregnancy

As a TV star based in Toronto presiding over her own lifestyle website, The Tig, then actress Meghan frequently updated her fans on her favourite workouts - revealing she was a fan of Pilates Platinum, the megaformer method founded by her close friend, pilates instructor Heather Dorak. 

Her remarks today made clear she intends to keep working out through pregnancy. 

Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess' happy news in a statement on Monday, just hours after they touched down in Australia at the start of their first major overseas tour.

The popular couple have been greeted by cheering crowds at all of their engagements to date, including a trip to Bondi Beach on Friday morning where Harry and Meghan joined a circle of colourfully dressed surfers to discuss the importance of being open about mental health battles.  

They also visited Macarthur Girls High School on the fourth day of their visit to Australia and spoke to teenagers about equality, with the Duchess - who has even put her 'feminist manifesto' on the Buckingham Palace website - saying she felt 'emotional' hearing their passionate views.

Harry, who is now said to identify as a feminist, told the girls he wants men to add their voices to the fight for equality. 

'Men can help as well by getting involved, we have to,' he said. 

'We need to get men's voices involved as soon as possible.' 

His wife, who has been a long-term advocate for women's rights, told students that their projects, including making boxes of supplies for women in need, made her proud.

'You guys all remind me so much of myself when I was growing up,' she told 14-year-old girls. 

'I went to an all girls school which was incredibly diverse as well. 

'I think being around such empowered young women, it becomes something that you all just grasp onto to understand your world. 

'It's made you confident, well-spoken. You have an intention set to really do something to change the world, and you have to keep it up. 

'It makes me so emotional. You're doing really, really good work and I'm so happy that we're here. We give you our full support.' 

The royal couple visited Macarthur High School on the afternoon of the fourth day of their Australian tour
The royal couple visited Macarthur High School on the afternoon of the fourth day of their Australian tour

The royal couple visited Macarthur High School on the afternoon of the fourth day of their Australian tour

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke to the high school students about striving for female empowerment
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke to the high school students about striving for female empowerment

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke to the high school students about striving for female empowerment

The royals' attendance to the school was the worst kept secret in town, with students anxiously awaiting their arrival
The royals' attendance to the school was the worst kept secret in town, with students anxiously awaiting their arrival

The royals' attendance to the school was the worst kept secret in town, with students anxiously awaiting their arrival

They were shown student projects, including one where students made boxes of supplies to donate to vulnerable women
They were shown student projects, including one where students made boxes of supplies to donate to vulnerable women

They were shown student projects, including one where students made boxes of supplies to donate to vulnerable women

Meghan was sympathetic when a student told her about their part-time job, reminiscing on her own first job
Meghan was sympathetic when a student told her about their part-time job, reminiscing on her own first job

Meghan was sympathetic when a student told her about their part-time job, reminiscing on her own first job

The Duke and Duchess were introduced to teenage boys and girls from the In League In Harmony project from the NRL
The Duke and Duchess were introduced to teenage boys and girls from the In League In Harmony project from the NRL

The Duke and Duchess were introduced to teenage boys and girls from the In League In Harmony project from the NRL

'All these people you know of in your neighbourhood, now you know them and you're united,' the Duchess told students
'All these people you know of in your neighbourhood, now you know them and you're united,' the Duchess told students

'All these people you know of in your neighbourhood, now you know them and you're united,' the Duchess told students

The couple's 'surprise' appearance at the school on Friday turned out to be the worst-kept secret on campus.

As Gladys Berejiklian, the Premier of New South Wales, teased them about being overexcited to see her, the teenagers fizzed with anticipation until the Duke and Duchess were finally introduced. 

Then, cheers and excited screams filled the air as they walked outside to meet the well-behaved girls, who had been sitting neatly for assembly. 

Invited to sit on a park bench in the centre, the couple watched a ballet-inspired dance performance from students to the song 'Power of Love' before heading inside for the workshops. 

The program aims to unite young people from diverse communities to be 'advocates for positive change in their communities'
The program aims to unite young people from diverse communities to be 'advocates for positive change in their communities'

The program aims to unite young people from diverse communities to be 'advocates for positive change in their communities'

Invited to sit on a park bench, the couple watched a ballet-inspired performance from students to the song 'Power of Love'
Invited to sit on a park bench, the couple watched a ballet-inspired performance from students to the song 'Power of Love'

Invited to sit on a park bench, the couple watched a ballet-inspired performance from students to the song 'Power of Love'

The couple earlier went to Bondi Beach, one of Australia's most famous landmarks, to meet a local community surfing group known as One Wave.

It was founded by Grant Trebilco who suffered from mental health issues for a decade but felt unable to talk about them.

He was eventually diagnosed as being bi-polar and hospitalised.

When he came out, he said surfing was 'his saviour' and he finally felt able to open up to his closest friends, who were incredibly sympathetic to him and also shared issues of their own.

He has now created 'Fluro Fridays' where people dress up in fluorescent clothes and go to the beach, with the aim of fostering an atmosphere where others can open up about their own mental health issues. 

Harry and Meghan, who was wearing a sleeveless Martin Grant dress with espadrille tie wedges, were both given brightly-coloured 'leis' - garlands of flowers - to put round their necks in order to enter into the spirit of things.

Accompanied by Trebilco, they kicked off their shoes on the edge of the beach and walked barefoot to sit in a group with some of the colourfully-dressed surfers.

Among others, Meghan spoke to fellow expectant mother Charlotte, who is pictured with her two-year-old son Finn
Among others, Meghan spoke to fellow expectant mother Charlotte, who is pictured with her two-year-old son Finn

Among others, Meghan spoke to fellow expectant mother Charlotte, who is pictured with her two-year-old son Finn

Meghan shared with a group of yoga performers she does yoga to stay grounded, while Harry prefers to talk openly
Meghan shared with a group of yoga performers she does yoga to stay grounded, while Harry prefers to talk openly

Meghan shared with a group of yoga performers she does yoga to stay grounded, while Harry prefers to talk openly

Harry revealed her prefers informal chats about mental illness, hoping to reduce the stigma around them
Harry revealed her prefers informal chats about mental illness, hoping to reduce the stigma around them

Harry revealed her prefers informal chats about mental illness, hoping to reduce the stigma around them

The  couple met with members of a local surfing community called One Wave, which aims to raise awareness for mental health
The  couple met with members of a local surfing community called One Wave, which aims to raise awareness for mental health

The couple met with members of a local surfing community called One Wave, which aims to raise awareness for mental health

The community group One Wave aims to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing, saying it's a strength to ask for help
The community group One Wave aims to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing, saying it's a strength to ask for help

The community group One Wave aims to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing, saying it's a strength to ask for help

The couple spent around ten minutes listening to the experiences of other members of the group and sharing their own, laughing and putting their arms around each other.

Jessina Oakes, 26, of Bondi, said she spoke mainly to the Duchess.

'She mentioned that she practises yoga,' she said.

'She said it helps ground her and she tries to find the time to make it part of her daily routine.'

Oakes also spoke to Meghan about the dangers of social media, particularly its effect on young people's self image.

'She said a really beautiful quote. She said "flattery and criticism run through the same filter".

'She said it was very freeing that she no longer has social media.

'And just how great One Wave is making those connections with people and being able to support one another.' 

The couple spent around ten minutes listening to the experiences of other members of the group and sharing their own 
The couple spent around ten minutes listening to the experiences of other members of the group and sharing their own 

The couple spent around ten minutes listening to the experiences of other members of the group and sharing their own 

Meghan told them yoga helps ground her and that she tries to find the time to make it part of her daily routine
Meghan told them yoga helps ground her and that she tries to find the time to make it part of her daily routine

Meghan told them yoga helps ground her and that she tries to find the time to make it part of her daily routine

One Wave founder Grant Trebilco said the couple's openness about mental health will help people across the globe
One Wave founder Grant Trebilco said the couple's openness about mental health will help people across the globe

One Wave founder Grant Trebilco said the couple's openness about mental health will help people across the globe

Trebilco, 37, of Bondi, said the couple's openness about mental health would help people around the world.

'To have the Duke and Duchess down at Fluro Friday helped make mental health visible around the world,' he said.

'And it let people know that mental health doesn't descriminate.

'One thing that really stood out for me was that Prince Harry said asking for help is not a sign of weakness.

'It's a sign of strength.

'Mental health is invisible. You can't see when people are struggling.

'Wearing the bright flouro helps start conversations that never usually happen around mental health

'It reduces that barrier.

'Those bright colours show we can make it visible and we don't have to go through it alone.'

The couple donned floral leis as they met surfing and yoga members of the community
The couple donned floral leis as they met surfing and yoga members of the community

The couple donned floral leis as they met surfing and yoga members of the community

Members of the sharing group said the royal couple were relatable, open and honest
Members of the sharing group said the royal couple were relatable, open and honest

Members of the sharing group said the royal couple were relatable, open and honest

Dabriella Quayle, 37, said afterwards: ‘Oh my goodness, they were just so real, so relatable. They shared their own experiences, which was amazing.

'Harry said seeking help was the best thing he had ever done. He was really open and honest. He said it doesn't matter who you open up to, they don't have to be professional. Anyone can be there for you. It could be your best mate or a stranger. You just need to open up to them.'

She added: 'They talked about the strangeness of their own situation and the lives they lead but that at the end of the day they are just real people. They are just human beings.

'They said they were just like us in that people say lots of positive things to you and then they say one negative thing, and that's what gets you down.

'Meghan said how she did yoga at 4.30 this morning because of the jet lag. She says she is feeling OK, not too bad. They said they hadn't really had time to settle down and get their heads round thing, and they have another 70 odd engagements to go.'

One member of One Wave said Meghan had a 'double whammy' of jet lag due to her pregnancy
One member of One Wave said Meghan had a 'double whammy' of jet lag due to her pregnancy

One member of One Wave said Meghan had a 'double whammy' of jet lag due to her pregnancy

Meghan revealed she had been up at 4.30am that morning practicing yoga when she couldn't get back to sleep 
Meghan revealed she had been up at 4.30am that morning practicing yoga when she couldn't get back to sleep 

Meghan revealed she had been up at 4.30am that morning practicing yoga when she couldn't get back to sleep 

Meghan said yoga was her 'leveller', with the couple still having another 70 odd engagements to go
Meghan said yoga was her 'leveller', with the couple still having another 70 odd engagements to go

Meghan said yoga was her 'leveller', with the couple still having another 70 odd engagements to go

After the circle the royals walked over to a group practising yoga. 

Nio Poniatowski, 25, said: 'Meghan said it was her "leveller", it's what keeps her grounded, like surfing does for us. She said it was her escape.'

Chatting with another group of surfers, Harry said he had never waxed a board before, so he and Meghan both had a go.

Surf instructor Sam Schumacher, 31, said the couple both revealed they had surfed, adding: 'The circle time was great. Two or three of us shared our personal stories.

'This visit will really raise the profile of what we are trying to do and the fact that mental health doesn't discriminate. 

'It can affect anyone and that we all need to try and look after each other. 

'I can see the passion in their eyes.'

Trebilco said the couple had been 'so nice, so friendly'.

One member of the circle said he could 'see the passion' for awareness of mental health in the couples' eyes
One member of the circle said he could 'see the passion' for awareness of mental health in the couples' eyes

One member of the circle said he could 'see the passion' for awareness of mental health in the couples' eyes

Chatting with another group of surfers, Harry said he had never waxed a board before, so he and Meghan both had a go
Chatting with another group of surfers, Harry said he had never waxed a board before, so he and Meghan both had a go

Chatting with another group of surfers, Harry said he had never waxed a board before, so he and Meghan both had a go

The royal couple pictured with garlands of flowers, or 'leis', dangling around their necks as they walk through the sand
The royal couple pictured with garlands of flowers, or 'leis', dangling around their necks as they walk through the sand

The royal couple pictured with garlands of flowers, or 'leis', dangling around their necks as they walk through the sand

Thousands of well-wishers came out to Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach to see the royal couple on Friday morning
Thousands of well-wishers came out to Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach to see the royal couple on Friday morning

Thousands of well-wishers came out to Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach to see the royal couple on Friday morning

Stuart Klees, 34, of Bondi, said: 'Harry shared his views on mental health towards everyone.'

'He's a big believer in normalising the conversation around mental health.

'He feels fortunate that he's in a position to get the right people together to spread that message.

'He's a big supporter of small community groups like One Wave.'

Prince Harry talked to the group about his own issues with mental health.

'He said he's seen a couple of counsellors before and never found one that suits him,' Klees said.

'He's a big believer in having normal conversations with normal people.

'He was pretty genuine, real honest, real open, real relaxed.

'He wasn't trying to put on a show. He was really genuine in the way he came across.'

As she left, Meghan told the group that she was 'loving' her first experience of Australia. 'It is so great to be here,' she said.

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