The Royal Honeymooners

Harry and Meghan have the resources to honeymoon anyplace on earth. Where they find their paradise says a lot about how they will serve the crown in the years to come.

The life of a young prince and his bride may seem like something straight from a fairytale, full of palaces, yachts, polo games and grand balls. But underneath the glamour is the cold, hard reality of responsibility. Britain’s royals, especially the scions of the Queen, spend their days representing the crown at official engagements and in support of charitable programs around the world. In fact, Meghan and Harry reportedly delayed their honeymoon to honor a series of scheduling commitments in England. And while finance is not a factor that the royal couple must contend with, Harry and Meghan must take into consideration three concerns that ordinary folks don’t regularly address when planning a honeymoon: security, facilities and symbolism.

Possibility #1: North Island

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The royal honeymoon must be in a location that is remote enough to be protected from the prying lenses of the paparazzi. The only snaps that the public will see of Meghan and Harry frolicking in paradise will be the photos taken by official royal photographers. In addition to remoteness, Meghan and Harry’s honeymoon paradise must consist of comprehensive facilities to house their security team and provide for all of their needs during their trip. World class cuisine, spa services, recreational activities and leisure pursuits must all be accounted for. So it makes sense that some royal watchers have surmised that Meghan and Harry will honeymoon on North Island in the Seychelles off the East African coast. It boasts opulent accommodations, magnificent beaches, and was sufficiently private for George and Amal Clooney to choose as their honeymoon location in 2014.

But it’s also where William and Kate honeymooned in 2011. If there’s one thing we know about Harry and Meghan, it’s that they are determined to do things their own way, bucking tradition at times, not to be rebellious, but just to be authentic. So count the Seychelles out, and look toward continental Africa.

Possibility #2: Meno a Kwena

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On their first trip abroad, shortly after they began dating, Meghan and Harry trekked to Botswana and camped out under the stars. They returned to the country a year later for a three-week safari, and stayed at Meno a Kwena, a luxury resort on the Boteti River that offers guided treks through the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Harry has called Botswana like a second home to him  and has been an active participation in conservation projects there. He even sourced the main stone for Meghan’s engagement ring from a Botswana diamond mine.

Possibility #3: Namibia

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But a return to Africa might not mean another trip to Botswana. The British press has almost unanimously declared Namibia to be the royal honeymoon frontrunner. Namibia is a safe but sparsely populated country on the South Atlantic coast, adjacent to land-locked Botswana. Its varied terrain includes the lush grasslands of Etosha National Park where elephants, giraffes, lions and rhinos roam. And the vast expanses of the Namibian desert, one of the natural wonders of the world where sculptured sand formations span the horizon.

Namibia has a wealth of luxury safari accommodations that are fit for a Prince and his bride. The Little Ongava Lodge in Etosha National Park offers private chalets with panoramic views, indoor and outdoor plunge pools, and custom-designed safaris.

Another option for Harry and Meghan is the Hoanib Valley Camp, a boutique eco-friendly site on the remote banks of the Obias River. The facility’s white-glove amenities include expert trekking guidance and gourmet cuisine.

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