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Meghan Markle has reportedly ditched her weekday plant-based diet during her pregnancy – despite major nutritional bodies saying the diet is safe for all stages of life.

Last year the former actor revealed she ate ‘vegan during the week‘ while being ‘more flexible at weekends’. In addition, she reportedly encouraged now-husband Prince Harry to switch meat for green juices in the run-up to their wedding.

But reports now claim she was spotted eating a burger ‘on the advice of royal doctors‘.

Vegan pregnancy

Speaking to Everyday Health, Registered dietitian, Lily Nichols, RDN, CDE, author of Real Food for Pregnancy, said she agrees with what royal doctors reportedly advise, and suggests pregnant women consume an omnivorous diet.

But this advice flies in the face of the American Dietetic Association, which says: “[Vegan] diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes.”

In addition, The Vegan Society says: “A totally plant-based diet can meet everyone’s nutritional needs, including those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.”

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Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.