Prince Harry and his wife, American former actress and humanitarian Meghan Markle, visited a community café and supermarket called Number 7 selling discounted food for low-income families, operated by Feeding Birkenhead, a coalition of organizations “working together to eliminate hunger” in the local community. During the visit, the couple had the chance to sit with some of the organization’s staff and customers, which is when the prince and Kelsang Sonam spoke.
The Daily Mail tabloid’s correspondent Rebecca English tweeted about their conversion: “Random fact of the day: a 69-year-old Buddhist monk named Kelsang Sonam, who gave Harry a copy of a book titled “Eight Steps to Happiness,” said the prince told him he meditates every day.”
Markle might have introduced her husband to meditation. Prior to marrying the prince, Markle practice meditation daily and the practice continued as she made the transition to royal life. Another influencing factor is likely Harry's father, Prince Charles, who has long had an interest in Buddhism.