Meghan’s VERY quirky birth stories – from Nando’s takeaway, to a framed photo of Diana in the delivery room and Sanskrit music

Prince Harry has shared some intimate details surrounding the births of his two children in his explosive memoir.

Writing in Spare, the Duke of Sussex, 38, reminisced about the ‘chaos’ surrounding the birth of his son Archie, on May 6, 2019 at The Portland Hospital in London.

He revealed that he ate Nando’s chicken and admitted to hogging his wife’s laughing gas while they listened to songs in Sanskrit, following recommendations from an Ayurvedic doctor Meghan had consulted.

Harry added he didn’t text anyone to announce the birth, and that Meghan and he were back at Frogmore Cottage with Archie within two hours him being born.

Meghan at Frogmore Cottage during her pregnancy with Archie

Meghan at Frogmore Cottage during her pregnancy with Archie

He revealed that the birth of his daughter Lilibet, two years later, in California on June 4 2021, was ‘bliss,’ and that the couple were calmer than during their first child’s birth, with Harry hand delivering his second child into the world.

He said his wife was 10 days past her due date when she was medically induced at The Portland Hospital in May 2019.

He recalled how the couple hopped in a nondescript car to leave Frogmore Cottage without catching the attention of the media stationed outside the property.

Once they arrived at the hospital, the Duke of Sussex revealed they were shown to a private room via a secret lift.

Harry and Meghan with her mother Doria Ragland after Archie's birth in 2019. Harry said the couple were back at Frogmore Cottage two hours after their son was born

Harry and Meghan with her mother Doria Ragland after Archie’s birth in 2019. Harry said the couple were back at Frogmore Cottage two hours after their son was born

During the Duchess’ first labour, Prince Harry described how the pair’s bodyguards brought a Nando’s takeaway to the hospital. He also recalled using laughing gas to calm his nerves.

He revealed the laughing gas was meant for his wife, but that he used so much of it, there was none left for her, and the team had to bring another bottle in for Meghan.

He recalled that Meghan laughed and rolled her eyes at him as she bounced on a large purple ball in order to induce labour.

The couple had decorated Meghan’s hospital room with the same electric candles Harry used for his proposal in 2017, and Meghan suggested they put a framed picture of Princess Diana on the bedside table.

The pair also listened to songs by German artist Deva Premal, who turned Sanskrit mantras into music, during the delivery.

Archie holds his father's hand shortly after his birth. Harry admitted he took several hits of laughing gas to calm his nerves when Meghan gave birth for the first time

Archie holds his father’s hand shortly after his birth. Harry admitted he took several hits of laughing gas to calm his nerves when Meghan gave birth for the first time

Meghan cuddling Archie at Frogmore Cottage soon after his birth. The Duke of Sussex said the couple told their son how much they loved him within one minute of him being born

Meghan cuddling Archie at Frogmore Cottage soon after his birth. The Duke of Sussex said the couple told their son how much they loved him within one minute of him being born

When the contractions quickened, Meghan hopped in a bathtub to deliver the baby and had an epidural to help with the pain of labour.

Harry said he held Meghan’s hand as she pushed to deliver Archie, and revealed she had a complicated birth, describing his son’s head as being ‘tangled’.

He revealed he encouraged Meghan to keep pushing to deliver their son.

When Archie was born, the couple both cried after the baby was wrapped in a towel and given to Meghan.

Meghan consulted with an Ayurvedic doctor during the pregnancy – a qualified medical practitioner following principles from ancient Indian medicine.

The Duke of Sussex recounted how the practitioner had told the couple that newborns absorb everything said to them in the first minute of their life, and how the couple told Archie they loved him.

Harry and Meghan's daughter Lilibet having a snooze at home in Montecito following her birth in June 2021

Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet having a snooze at home in Montecito following her birth in June 2021

Prince Harry revealed he didn’t text anyone to tell them the news of his son’s birth, but instead watched the birthing team running checks on him.

He shared that the couple used the same people carrier they had used to drive to the hospital to go back home, and were at Frogmore Cottage two hours after their son’s birth.

In contrast, Harry said the pair felt ‘safer and calmer’ going into Lilibet’s delivery two years later.

‘What bliss, we said, not having to worry about timing, protocols, journalists at the front gate,’ he wrote.

He recalled how the couple drove calmly to the hospital leaving enough time to get burgers and fries from In-N-Out and fajitas for Meghan.

The Duke of Sussex added that the couple did a viral baby mama dance after settling in their hospital room.

The dance, which was made popular on TikTok, sees pregnant women and their partners gleefully rubbing their baby bumps while singing they’ve been ‘pregnant for way too long.’

Prince Harry also revealed in the book that he told his wife he wanted the first thing their baby to see to be his face.

With the doctor overseeing the whole thing, Harry explained how he helped to deliver his daughter into the world and was overcome with emotion upon meeting his second child for the first time.

He then handed her over to Meghan so she could do skin-to-skin with her daughter.

Prince Harry recounted how Meghan told him later that she had never been more in love with him than during their daughter’s birth.

He revealed she shared with him some thoughts she had written in a journal at the time, which he said read as a declaration of love and a renewal of their wedding vows.

In the notes, Meghan wrote that Harry delivering Lilibet and telling her that he would keep her safe had been ‘everything,’ and that Harry was not a Spare, in a nod to the title of his memoir.

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