Prince Harry and Meghan Markle received a vegan gift for their newborn royal baby.
Animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent the royal couple a wool-free cardigan made of cotton and bamboo from Bramble Crafts for their son, who was born on May 6.
“As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrate the birth of their first child, [we hope] to provide the newborn with a warm and cosy welcome,” PETA said in a statement.
“A wool-free cardigan is as soft and warm for a baby as it is kind to sheep. We hope this gift for Meghan and Harry’s little one will inspire parents around the world to dress their own tots in compassionate, animal-friendly style.”
Speaking about the birth of their first child, Prince Harry said in a statement: “I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy this morning, a very healthy baby boy.”
“I haven’t been at many births. This is definitely my first birth. It was amazing, absolutely incredible, and, as I said, I’m so incredibly proud of my wife.”
“As every father and parent will ever say, you know, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to-die-for, so I’m just over the moon.”
Markle, known to be an animal lover, plans to raise the royal baby as a vegan, according to reports.
She also made a splash when it was revealed that she would be painting her baby’s room in gender neutral colors using vegan paint.
Markle eats a plant-based diet during weekdays and has reportedly convinced Prince Harry to follow a mostly plant-based diet to improve his health and to help animals. Now, she wants to raise Baby Sussex vegan, a palace insider revealed to Woman’s Day.
However, the 92-year-old Queen, who supports the royal tradition of sport hunting, says she will not let the child be raised vegan.
“The Queen won’t have it,” a source told Woman’s Day. “Meghan seems to have little regard for royal traditions but bringing the baby up as a vegan simply won’t be tolerated by the monarch.”
“It’s created tense discussions between Meghan and Harry, who doesn’t want to upset his grandmother.”
Markle is also reported to be urging Prince Harry to stop hunting pheasants as she is against animal cruelty.
“The Boxing Day shoot was always going to be a tricky issue,” a source said. “Meghan is a keen animal rights campaigner and doesn’t like hunting in any form.”
“Harry loves it and has always been out there on Boxing Day. But if it means breaking with long-standing royal traditions to avoid upsetting her, so be it.”
Despite Meghan’s anti-hunting stance, Prince Harry still joined last year’s annual Boxing Day hunt.