Where Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Honeymoon? We Might Have the Answer
Royalty — they're just like us! After a wedding, they tend to jet off to an exotic locale for their honeymoon — the only difference is they most likely have private planes and yachts to get to their destination and probably don't have to do their own packing.
The upcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be a public affair with millions of people watching around the world, but after their time in the spotlight, they'll be ducking off on a private honeymoon. Seeing as the world is only so big, even commoners can get access to royalty-worthy destinations. Find out where the latest royal couple might be going, where other royals have celebrated their honeymoons in the past, and how you can follow in their regal footsteps!
According to Travel + Leisure, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be going to Namibia for their honeymoon. Beyond that, the details of where they're staying and what they're doing are, quite reasonably, being kept very hush-hush.
The rumor is that they'll be staying at Natural Selection's Hoanib Valley Camp in the remote desert. The camp has six eco-friendly tents for guests and plenty of wildlife viewing options and some seriously stunning starry skies at night.
Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) married Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey in 1947, and they headed to Broadlands House in Hampshire for a few days for a romantic hunting trip (to each their own). Then up north to Birkhall, a part of the Balmoral Estate, one of the queen's favorite places for more hunting. After that, they boarded the Royal Yacht Britannia and headed to Malta, where the prince was stationed with the Royal Navy.
You may not be able to directly follow in the monarch's footsteps for this one (not having a private yacht or access to the stately private homes), but you can get some country luxury and pretend your royalty at the Four Seasons Hampshire, a restored Georgian manor house, which just opened a new Royal Suite. It's only (only!) £5,500 a night.
Or there's always the private cottages on the Balmoral estate, available for a week at a time.
Grace Kelly became the Princess of Monaco in 1956 when she married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and their first royal vacation was a cruise through the Mediterranean. One of their stops included a stay in Mallorca at what was then Hotel Formentor, now billed as Formentor, a Royal Hideaway Hotel. The hotel, which is located along the northernmost edge of Mallorca at the opposite end of the island from the rowdier Magaluf, is within a nature reserve and has easy access to the popular Formentor Beach. It also boasts the option of private villas along with more traditional hotel rooms.
But the Mediterranean isn't the only place you can go if you want to honeymoon like Grace Kelly's. You can bask out on the deck on the 18-passenger yacht once owned by the Prince and Princess of Monaco, now called M/Y Grace. Though instead of touring the Mediterranean, it now takes you through the Galapagos Islands. Get the Grace Kelly Suite starting at $7,500 or a stateroom, which starts at $5,600 per person.
The queen's sister, Princess Margaret, tied the knot with Antony Armstrong-Jones (who upon the marriage became Lord Snowdon) in 1960, and they headed out on a six-week tour of the West Indies on the Royal Yacht Britannia, stopping by ports in Antigua and Trinidad among others.
As a wedding present, Princess Margaret was given a plot of land on the private island of Mustique in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The island wasn't developed at the time of the honeymoon, but a decade later, a five-bedroom villa, Les Jolies Eaux, was built for the princess.
If you have $20,500 (during the off-season), you can have it to yourself for a whole week. Well, yourself and your household staff of a chef, butler, maid, housekeeper, and gardener.
Grace Kelly's daughter, Princess Caroline of Hanover, married husband No. 1, Philipe Junot, in 1978, and they honeymooned in Tahiti. They're not the only royal couple who have headed to South Pacific island chain, either; Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland, went to Bora Bora, among other places, for their honeymoon.
For some luxury island privacy of your own, Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa has overwater suites and views of Bora Bora. Plus the whole place smells like vanilla. Fun fact: 80 percent of the world's Tahitian vanilla comes from Taha'a.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles followed very much in the footsteps of the queen in terms of honeymoon destinations. After their 1981 wedding at London's St. Paul's Cathedral, they went to Broadlands for a few days, then headed to the Mediterranean aboard the Britannia. Instead of Malta like Elizabeth and Philip, they visited Sardinia, Greece, and Tunisia and ended their trip with a stay at the Balmoral Estate.
The royal yacht can't even be used by the royal family anymore as it was decommissioned in 1997, but for a stylish Mediterranean tour that's more intimate than a giant cruise ship, Star Clippers have room for only 170 to 227 passengers, depending on the ship. Upping the romantic and memorable factor is the fact that its fleet is all full-rigged sailing ships, and they sail throughout the Mediterranean.
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland, didn't just go to Bora Bora. Somewhat controversially, the Swedish royal couple used the private plane of Swedish billionaire Bertil Hult to head to Hult's private ranch in Beaver Creek, CO, before they headed to New York City and then to the South Pacific.
I can pretty much guarantee that's not an offer for anyone else, but extravagance and breathtaking mountain views are still accessible to the rest of us. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek has a full-service spa, views of the mountains, and high-end suites. Or there's more seclusion at Trappers Cabin on Beaver Creek Mountain, where you get the services of a personal chef and cabin staff at $650 per person per day.
Bhutan's King Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema got married in 2011 and then spent nine days in India, combining business with pleasure as the honeymoon also doubled as a state visit. With a specially commissioned train, they traveled to Rajasthan in northern India. They stopped by Jaipur, nicknamed the "Pink City" thanks to the many pink sandstone buildings, Jodphur, and Udaipur, which bills itself as "The City of Lakes and Palaces."
If you want to live like royalty — at least for a bit — check out the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur. You won't be able to travel there via a private train, but you can absolutely get pampered there. Built in the 1830s, the palace was once home to the Maharaja, or great king, of Jaipur and houses elaborately carved marble latticework, impressive gardens, a couple of restaurants, and a super high-end spa.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge — you may know her as Kate Middleton — took off to the North Island in the Seychelles for 10 days after their 2011 wedding. The resort, only accessible by helicopter, has 11 private villas, each with its own pool along with chef and butler service, plus a spa and restaurants right along the beach.
Off the east coast of Africa, you can actually rent the entirety of North Island, with its white sand beaches and densely green forests, as the royal couple did. For one villa at the resort, as much as the rest of us might need, it's from around $7,000 per night. If North Island is booked, there's Fregate Island with 14 private villas, which is also only accessible by helicopter and offers the option to rent out the entire island.