Newly weds British royalty, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are hoping to have a private honeymoon, or as private a honeymoon a newly married prince and duchess can have. It was first reported that the couple would be traveling to Namibia, but the plans seem to be changing.
“The honeymoon destination has changed a few times since they started planning,” royal commentator Omid Scobie told Elle.com last week. “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!”
Still, somewhere in Africa seems like a likely choice as it’s been a place of significance in their relationship. In 2017, Harry took Meghan to Botswana for her 36th birthday, a place that they had already vacationed earlier in their relationship.
“You know, it’s a very different world here,” said Roger Dugmore, a Botswana-based safari organizer, to Vanity Fair contributor Katie Nicholl for her book Harry: Life, Loss, and Love. “I think what he loved most was the fact that he was really treated like a normal person; he’s just one of the boys. I think he once said, ‘You know, if I could have it another way, I think I’d be a safari guide in Africa.’”
While Kensington Palace has typically kept the world up to date with Harry and Meghan’s agenda, from their engagement to the details of their wedding, the honeymoon date and location will be kept under wraps for the sake of the couple’s privacy and security.
“The honeymoon destination has changed a few times since they started planning,” said Scobie. “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.”
The Sun has also speculated on a few places the couple may decide on, including Queensland, Australia, Hawaii, and a “mini-moon” in Ireland. TMZ has also reported that they may be jetting off to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, Canada. However, Angela Moore, a spokesperson for the resort, released a statement saying that “the couple is not currently booked for a stay.”