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Where Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Honeymoon?

Vogue logo Vogue 3/16/2018 Elise Taylor
a man and a woman wearing glasses © Chris Jackson

Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be an extremely public affair, one facet of the whole ordeal will be a closely guarded secret: their honeymoon.

But when you’re arguably the most famous couple in the world, where can you go to get some rest and relaxation and more importantly, privacy?

For their 2011 honeymoon, Kate Middleton and Prince William jetted off for 10 days to the Seychelles, where they reportedly stayed at a $5,000-plus a night private villa complete with their own butler. It’s said to be a favorite spot for the couple, who vacationed on the islands previously in 2007.

While Harry may not want to copy his older brother, the Indian Ocean islands remain an attractive choice with its remote locale (paparazzi, begone!) and luxury accommodations. Another favorable factor is the weather—with trade winds that create a dry, mild climate. (Their wedding month of May is also one of the best times to visit.) But who says their honeymoon should take them to just one location?

Prince Charles and Princess Diana did a two-part honeymoon, staying at the Queen’s Scottish estate of Balmoral after embarking on a roughly two-week cruise around the Mediterranean on the Royal Yacht Britannia. On her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig, Markle expressed a love of European hotspots like Capri, Hydra, Formentera, and Positano—so perhaps those are on the table.

Hopefully, no matter where they end up, Harry and Markle will enjoy their honeymoon more than Charles and Diana did. Diana later told journalist Andrew Morton that Prince Charles was more interested in reading books and painting than in spending time together: “I remember crying my heart out,” she said. “I was so tired, for all the wrong reasons.”

Yet perhaps an over-the-top trip to a far-flung locale isn’t attractive to the couple, who, after all, got engaged over a home-cooked roast chicken.

You might be surprised to learn that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, for one, didn’t even leave the U.K. for their honeymoon—a reflection of their austerity. Part of it was spent at a retreat in Hampshire owned by Philip’s uncle Lord Mountbatten, where they “spent their days stalking deer,” according to The Telegraph. Then, it was off to Balmoral’s remote Birkhall.

However, maybe Harry and Markle won’t take cues from past royals. They could likely go someplace close to their hearts: Botswana. Harry whisked Markle away to the African country on their third (yes, third) date—and reportedly, soon after, they fell in love. “We were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure we had a chance to get to know each other,” he said in the couple’s BBC engagement interview. Last summer, the couple visited the country yet again for a three-week African safari. And, when Harry proposed, he did so with a diamond that came from Botswana. Returning to the location where their romance began, well, that sounds quite lovely. 

Related slideshow: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's romance timeline (via Photo Services) CAPTION: Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and US actress Meghan Markle (R) stand together at the altar in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Romance timeline

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