The Duke of Sussex spent almost 24 hours travelling this weekend

Prince Harry’s jet lag struggle following whistlestop coronation visit

Prince Harry traveled by plane for nearly 24 hours between Friday and Saturday this past weekend, flying from California to London in the morning and back in the afternoon.

Given that it takes 11 hours 15 minutes to fly from Los Angeles to London, the royal’s mood this week may be affected by making that trip twice.


Prince Harry was spotted pulling a face at the coronation
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Will Prince Harry be jet lagged?

Prince Harry’s body clock most likely remained on LA time because he was only in London for a short period of time, so while he might not have trouble falling asleep—the most common sign of jet lag—his travels may have had other effects on him.

Nic Shacklock of affirms that “Unfortunately, anyone traveling across time zones is going to experience jet lag and will struggle with exhaustion and tiredness.”

The risk factors for the nearly one-day flight the royal took included high blood pressure, dehydration, temporary hearing loss, and deep vein thrombosis.

Additionally, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s husband, is probably exhausted from having flown straight to Archie, his son, to celebrate his fourth birthday.

Harry may have been resting at home or spending time with Archie and Lilibet the day after his exhausting day of traveling, as the Duchess of Sussex was spotted hiking without her husband and joined instead by her friends Markus Anderson and Heather Dorak. Harry may have missed most of Archie’s birthday the day before and may have been spending time with Archie and Lilibet.


Archie’s fourth birthday fell on the coronation date

How to ease jet lag

Travel fatigue is unpleasant, but fortunately there are a number of ways to lessen its effects, according to Nic.

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1. Get outside

Even on cloudy days, make sure you get plenty of exposure to light during the day. Your body’s vitamin D levels will rise and your body clock will be better regulated when you’re outside.

2. Get active

Moving around at the right time of day is a great way to revitalize the body, as exercise is good for the mind as well as the body.

A quick energy boost can be provided by going outside for a quick walk, jog, or bike ride to help with any jet lag and delirium. In order to fall asleep soundly at night, exercise can also make you tired. Harry may have benefitted from joining Meghan, Heather, and Markus after all.


Meghan and Harry love the great outdoors

3. Give your body time 

Allow enough time for the body to get back to normal. It’s critical to realize that returning to normalcy completely will take a few days. To avoid stressing the body while it is recovering from jet lag, Nic advises attempting to remain calm and stress-free.

We can only hope that Harry isn’t suffering too much from the effects of his flights!

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