Prince Harry reveals he ate this takeaway to 'enhance his calm' at the birth of his son Archie

The Duke of Sussex has opened up on what two things 'enhanced' his calm as wife Meghan Markle gave birth.

Prince Harry eating drop in image and main image of Prince Harry with Meghan Markle as he holds son Archie
(Image credit: Getty/ Getty)

Prince Harry has revealed eating Nando's chicken 'enhanced his calm' at the birth of son Archie.

Prince Harry has revealed he ate Nando's chicken and was 'bouncing' on laughing gas at the birth of son Archie.

The Duke of Sussex, is father to Archie, three, and daughter Lilibet, one, with wife Meghan Markle and for the first time since the birth of their eldest child, Prince Harry has revealed personal details of what went down in the birthing room at London's Portland Hospital back in 2019.

Writing in his Spare memoir, Prince Harry set the scene with wife Meghan who 'bounced on a giant purple ball' as she went into labour before climbing into a bath to listen to 'soulful hymns' as Harry lit the room with 'electric candles' and placed a treasured snap of his late mother Princess Diana on the delivery room table.

He explained, "Meg was so calm. I was calm too. But I saw two ways of enhancing my calm. One: Nando’s chicken (brought by our bodyguards). Two: A canister of laughing gas beside Meg’s bed. I took several slow, penetrating hits.

Prince Harry's go-to Nando's order has previously been revealed and it's a surprising one - Instead of ordering a spicy chicken wrap the Duke of Sussex has been known to order a simple chicken pitta with extra cheese, seasoned with lemon and herb - the mildest flavour Nando's offers after it launched its hottest ever spice .

Harry continued, "Meg, bouncing on a giant purple ball, a proven way of giving Nature a push, laughed and rolled her eyes. I took several more hits and now I was bouncing too."

Nandos has just re-launched its VUSA that promises to be hotter than extra hot.

Prince Harry's love of Nando's comes before Meghan Markle revealed that Prince Harry loves this US takeaway.

And when the nurse came to give Meghan some for pain relief, chicken isn't the only thing he'd overindulged in - the gas and air had all gone. 

"I could see the thought slowly dawning. Gracious, the husband’s had it all. “Sorry,” I said meekly," said Harry.

Meghan was given an epidural to ease the pain to which Harry recalled, "The anaesthetist hurried in. Off went the music, on went the lights. Whoa. Vibe change."

But when it came to the birth of his daughter in June 2021, Harry joked, "This time I didn't touch the laughing gas (because there was none)."

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)