Prince Harry seems to have slipped into the California lifestyle with ease since leaving the UK. The Duke of Sussex is even said to have been spotted cycling to Malibu’s famous Surfrider Beach while the couple was living in LA.
Now, much like his parents Prince Charles and Diana, Harry has become a keen surfer.
He has even been gifted lessons by Meghan for his 36th birthday.
Harry has previously been spotted surfing in Cornwall, joined by his brother Prince William.
The pair also surfed together before William’s stag do in 2010, heading to Devon for the activity.
Meghan, while never being spotted on a board, grew up in Los Angeles where it is popular to surf so may have tried it during her childhood.
A source told Page Six: “Harry’s loving Montecito, Meghan bought him surfing lessons for his birthday and he’s having the best time.”
However, Prince Harry isn’t the first member of the Royal Family to take a keen interest to the sport.
Princess Diana is said to have fell in love with the sport during a trip to Australia before she married Prince Charles.
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Royal expert Judy Wade said that Diana secretly stayed there with her mother, spending time swimming, surfing and soul searching before Prince Charles announced their engagement.
In Diana: The Intimate Portrait, Wade wrote that the house is a “modern, dark-stained timber beach house” and that it is “situated at the end of a winding dirt track, which made it invisible from the road.’
According to the book, Diana’s mum would “enjoy a cool drink on the wooden, elevated deck facing the sea” as they discussed the monumental impact of Prince Charles’ proposal.
Prince Charles also enjoyed surfing.
In a Zoom interview from their new home in Santa Barbara, California, Harry said: “I’ve had an awakening of my own” as he discussed the lack of opportunities that ethnic minorities face.
The sixth-in-line to the throne said: “Because I wasn’t aware of so many of the issues and so many of the problems within the UK and also globally as well.
“I thought I did but I didn’t.
“You know, when you go in to a shop with your children and you only see white dolls, do you even think, ‘That’s weird, there is not a black doll there?’
“And I use that as just one example of where we as white people don’t always have the awareness of what it must be like for someone else of a different coloured skin, of a black skin, to be in the same situation as we are where the world that we know has been created by white people for white people.”