Prince Harry has revealed that he kept a box of his late mother, Princess Diana’s hair in his nightstand – and believes it served as a kind of good luck charm that helped him and Meghan to conceive their first child.
The 38-year-old made the very intimate admission in his explosive new memoir Spare, detailing the moment that he and Meghan Markle, 41, discovered they were expecting their son Archie – as well as revealing the other ‘good omen’ that indicated to him that they would be parents.
According to Harry, Meghan took two at-home pregnancy tests in the bathroom of Nottingham Cottage, where they were living in 2018 – however he ‘fell asleep’ while waiting for her and awoke to find that she had placed the two tests on his nightstand next to the couple’s bed.
Harry writes that he ‘only kept a few things’ in his nightstand – including a ‘blue box with my mother’s hair’ and says he immediately thought of that special possession when he saw the pregnancy tests.
‘Right, I thought good. Let’s see what Mummy can do with this situation,’ he wrote.
Prince Harry has revealed the two ‘good omens’ that he spotted while he and Meghan Markle were trying to conceive their first child, Archie (seen together in February 2019)
According to Harry, 38, his late mother Diana played a role in Meghan getting pregnant – with the Duke revealing his wife placed her pregnancy test near a box of her hair in his nightstand
Soon after, the Sussexes discovered that the tests were positive, and Harry recalls thinking: ‘Thank you, Mummy.’
However, Meghan’s decision to place the tests so close to Diana’s hair was not the only good omen that Harry saw while the pair were attempting to conceive.
The other lucky moment occurred while the couple were on a visit to the Castle of Mey – the Queen Mother’s former home in Scotland – when they happened across a group of seals while walking along the shoreline.
Harry writes that he ‘only kept a few things’ in his nightstand – including a ‘blue box with my mother’s hair’ and says he immediately thought of that special possession when he saw the pregnancy tests
Harry says he began ‘serenading’ the seals but received ‘nothing’ in response – that is until his wife began joining in with his song.
When Meghan began her own chorus, the Duke claims the animals ‘responded to her’ with their own ‘seal opera’ in what he claims was a clear indication of Meghan’s ‘magic’.
‘She really is magic, I thought,’ he wrote. ‘Even the seals know it.’
In celebration of the ‘good omen’, Harry recalls that he stripped down and jumped into the water, swimming towards the seals.
However, while Harry and Meghan viewed the ‘seal opera’ as nothing short of ‘fairytale’, they were brought back down to earth with bump when they returned to the castle – where Charles’ chef promptly told them that they should not have tried to gain the attention of the seals.
According to Harry, the chef – who was Australian – warned them that parts of the Scottish coast were ‘infested with Orcas’ and that ‘luring’ the seals to the shoreline with their singing was akin to ‘luring’ them to a ‘bloody death ‘.
Still, the ‘gloomy’ twist that the story took did not stop Harry for paying tribute to the seals upon finding out that his wife was pregnant; in addition to thanking his mother, he also thanked the ‘selkies’ – mythological creatures who transform from seal to human.
The second ‘good omen’ occurred during a trip to the Castle of Mey in Scotland (pictured), when Harry says a group of seals began serenading his ‘magic’ wife Meghan
Harry and Meghan welcomed their first son Archie (pictured together in September 2019) in May 2019
Although the exact date of the trip is not known, Harry and Meghan reportedly traveled up to Scotland during the summer of 2018, when they spent some time at the Castle of Mey with then-Prince Charles, while also visiting the Queen at Balmoral.
Weeks later, the Sussexes announced to the world that they were expecting their first child – having shared the news with William and Kate at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on October 12, a moment that Harry also details in his book.
According to Harry, he and Meghan divulged their happy announcement to the Prince and Princess of Wales at a cocktail party following Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank’s wedding reception – with the Duke explaining that he felt obliged to tell his family the news in person before the couple left for their 2018 tour of Australia shortly after.
He added that they chose his cousin Eugenie’s Windsor wedding to make the announcement as the wider members of the Royal Family would be in attendance.
Ahead of the drinks reception, the couple intercepted Charles in his Windsor office and Harry said he was delighted to see his father’s ‘wide smile’ after finding out he was going to be a grandfather for the fourth time.
Following this, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex then headed over to St George’s Hall where the drinks reception was being held to tell Prince William.
He echoed their father’s sentiment and urged them to immediately tell Kate. The Princess of Wales was across the room speaking with her sister Pippa Middleton, who was expecting her son Arthur at the time.
Harry and Meghan welcomed their first child, son Archie, in May 2019 – less than a year before they quit royal life and relocated to the US, where they are now raising their children in a $14.65 million mansion in Montecito, California.
Having shared the news of their first pregnancy through an official palace statement, the couple chose to reveal that they were expecting a second child in a very different way – releasing a series of images of themselves posing in the grounds of their home on Valentine’s Day 2021 , with Meghan showing off her growing baby bump.
The news came just months after Meghan revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage in an article for the New York Times.
Harry and Meghan welcomed daughter Lilibet – named for the late Queen’s childhood nickname – in June of that year.
Writing about the moment that his daughter was born, the Duke of Sussex described it as a ‘safer and calmer’ experience than the arrival of their son two years earlier, revealing that he actually helped to bring Lilibet into the world.
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