Destinations

Where will the newly-engaged Royals honeymoon?

Lauren Croft

Millions died a little bit inside on Monday night when the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement was announced.

There was always a chance he was going to spot you in a crowded mall and instantly fall in love, right?

Well, that chance is no more. We’re happy for them, we swear.

There’s no doubt that a royal wedding is already being planned as we speak – Clarence House revealed that the couple will celebrate their love (and everyone else jealousy) via a spring 2018 wedding.

But we’ve seen one of those. What we really care about is the oh-so-luxurious honeymoon destination the newlyweds will decide on.

There are a ton of obvious honeymoon hot-spots – like Bali, Thailand, Africa, Bora Bora and Italy, and the newly-engaged couple has already been invited to a number of other destinations for their honeymoon.

Acting Gold Coast Mayor Donna Gates has already planned to invite the couple down under.

“I’m inviting them to the Gold Coast for their honeymoon as we have everything the newlywed royals would want,” she told the Gold Coast Bulletin yesterday.

She also said that the invitation would be sent to Clarence House in London later this week.

Also competing for the coveted honeymoon spot, however, is Israel, in the form of a personal tweet invitation from President Reuven Rivlin.

“Sending our warmest regards to Her Majesty the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, all the Royal Family & the British people, from Nechama & me, & all the Israeli people. We invite them to enjoy their honeymoon in Israel!” He said.

But personal invitations aside, here are the destinations we think are top of the list for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle:

Botswana, Africa

Botswana: A lone elephant walking near a lone marula tree in a grasslands landscape. Plenty of copy space in the pale blue sky.

This one absolutely has to be at the top of the list. The couple visited early on in their relationship for five nights camping under the stars – and it’s also where the centre diamond in Markle’s ring originates from.

“It was, I think, about three, maybe four, weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana, and we camped out with each other under the stars,” the prince said in their engagement interview. How romantic!

The Seychelles/Greek Islands

Navagio bay and Ship Wreck beach in summer. The most famous natural landmark of Zakynthos, Greek island in the Ionian Sea

If the royal newlyweds wanted to follow in their families footsteps, this would be the place to do so. Prince Harry’s parents – Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana -honeymooned onboard a cruise around the Greek islands in 1981.

And in 2011, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, honeymooned at the exclusive paradise resort North Island in the Seychelles, and so did George and Amal Clooney in 2014.

Antigua, The Caribbean 

Jolly Harbour, Antigua West Indies. Marina, beach, boats, villas, caribbean.

The Caribbean islands are another hot-spot for honeymooners, with beautiful waters and blinding white sand – but Prince Harry was also invited to spend his future honeymoon here when his relationship with Meghan was in its early stages.

“I believe we are expecting a new princess soon. I want you to know that you are very welcome to come on your honeymoon here,” Antigua’s prime minister, Gaston Browne, said – to which Prince Harry blushed irrefutably.

The Norwegian Fjords

A cool view of a fjord

This is another breathtaking destination the couple may choose to re-visit on their honeymoon – it was their first couple’s holiday together.

They spent time in Tromso on the Norwegian fjords for their short getaway – where you can go whale-watching, trips to unbelievable lakes and viewings of the Northern Lights. It’s also a shorter flight from London, where the couple will be living.

Canada

Early morning from the shore of Fisherman's Bay Campground on Maligne Lake, in the Canadian Rockies. This wilderness campground is only accessible by canoe or kayak and is situated in one of North America's most pristine landscapes.

Here us out on this one. Meghan Markle lived there whilst she was filming hit TV series suits – and Prince Harry would often visit her.

He also hosted the Invictus Games – during which the couple stayed one of Canada’s most luxurious hotels, the Fairmont Royal York hotel.

Canada also has luxury mountain accommodation, delicious food, and lesser-known places to visit where the newlyweds would be able to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Hedge your bets now, folks.

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