While Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appear to be living the American dream in California, the Duke of Sussex is likely to have issues with their lifestyle.
Harry, who was born and raised in the UK, admitted in Spare that he dislikes the heat, a problem that his father, King Charles, can also identify with.
I had a history of heat sensitivity. as Pa. He and I would make light of it, Prince Harry recalled in his autobiography. We declared that we weren’t made for this world. f***ing snowmen.
The Duke continued, “The dining room at Sandringham, for instance, was our version of Dante’s Inferno. We fought with the late Queen Elizabeth over our hot-blooded nature. The dining room was subtropical, but much of Sandringham was warm. Pa and I would always wait for Granny to turn her head before having one of us jump up, run to a window, and crack it just a little bit.
“Thank God for the cool air. However, the corgis were always a liar. They would whimper in the cool air, and Granny would ask if there was a draft. A footman would quickly close the window after that.
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For the sake of Prince Harry, we hope their home has air conditioning since Montecito averages 26 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, which is significantly warmer than Harry’s native England.
While Harry struggles in the heat, Meghan Markle probably enjoys it. Since she spent a large portion of her life in California, the Duchess undoubtedly enjoys spending time in the sun. Her tan lines at the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Awards were proof of this.
The 41-year-old showed evidence of her time spent in the sun in the form of strap marks on her chest and a watch tan line, despite recent photos of her hiking showing that she wears a wide-brimmed hat to protect herself from the sun.
Princess Kate also takes precautions to protect herself from the sun’s harmful rays. When attending public events in warm countries, she is frequently photographed with a parasol and wearing UV-blocking sunglasses.
Prince Harry needs to be cautious of heatstroke and heat exhaustion due to his struggle to handle the heat. “A rapid rise in heat gain, due to exposure to extreme heat, can lead to compromised temperature regulation by the body,” says Dr. Raj Arora of The Face Bible Clinic. “This can cause a variety of illnesses and have an immediate negative impact on our health. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and hyperthermia are therefore frequent and dangerous for one’s health.
If you don’t cool down, heatstroke, which typically starts as heat exhaustion, can get worse very quickly.
According to the NHS, heat exhaustion symptoms include:
- a headache
- dizziness and confusion
- loss of appetite and feeling sick
- excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
- cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
- fast breathing or pulse
- a high temperature of 38C or above
- being very thirsty
Heatstroke is more serious, with symptoms including:
- fast breathing or shortness of breath
- fit (seizure)
- loss of consciousness
- not responsive
- feeling unwell after 30 minutes of resting in a cool place and drinking plenty of water
- not sweating even while feeling too hot
- a high temperature of 40C or above
- feeling confused
How to treat heatstroke
As Dr. Arora explains, the best advice is to stay out of the heat in the first place. “Keep cool, refrain from strenuous exercise in the heat, and consume plenty of water and other non-alcoholic fluids.
“Never leave children, the elderly, or pets alone in a moving vehicle. Make sure to check in on elderly or vulnerable family members or friends to see how they are handling the intense heat. Wear a hat and, of course, reapply a broad spectrum spf50+ sunscreen to your skin frequently (at least every two hours).
We hope Prince Harry is ready for the upcoming long, sweltering summer.