We're guessing that after their history-making, fairytale royal wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in desperate need of jetting off to some amazing honeymoon destination—the better to bask in all of their picture-perfect happiness, obviously. But there have been a few wrinkles keeping the newlyweds from reveling in their post-wedding bliss: First, they had to postpone the honeymoon because of a required pubic engagement (ah, the challenges of being the Duke and Duchess of Sussex). And now, as royal expert and commentator Omid Scobie told Elle.com, they've had to change their honeymoon location for their own safety and privacy.
"If a location leaks prior to travel, it compromises their safety on the trip, and they’ll be advised by their protection team to change plans. William and Kate’s protection officers ended up doing recon on two destinations before they settled on the Seychelles for their 2011 honeymoon. I heard that just over a month before the wedding, Harry and Meghan hadn’t even booked a destination, so these plans have come together rather quickly!” Scobie told Elle.com.
Sources had revealed to Travel + Leisure that the couple would likely be heading to Namibia for their honeymoon, with reports suggesting that they might turn to the luxury Hoanib Valley Camp. But those plans seem to have been scrapped as the news traveled across media outlets—although most people think they'll still be retreating to Africa. If you remember from their frankly adorable engagement interview, the couple shared that one of their first courting experiences included sharing a tent in Botswana: "We camped out with each other, under the stars," Prince Harry recounted. Harry also bought one of the diamonds for Meghan's engagement ring from the country as a sweet tribute to their time getting to know one another.
As far as any further details regarding the royal newlyweds' destination—well, we probably won't know the plan until after they've been secretly whisked away, says Scobie.
“Kensington Palace have said that the honeymoon is very much a private trip and they won’t be releasing details to the media. The couple shared so much during the wedding and now is the time for them to enjoy some privacy. They deserve it,” he said.
Agreed—but we can't wait to hear all about the honeymoon once the happy couple returns.
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