Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be walking down the aisle this Saturday, but before the big day comes they still had one very important task to take care of: a pre-wedding getaway.
According to reports, the couple quietly spent the weekend before their wedding together in a small cottage located in a heavily wooded area in the Oxfordshire countryside, which Meghan reportedly “adores.”
“The run-up to the wedding has been quite stressful for them and they just wanted to get away and relax before the big day,” a source told The Sun. “They like to escape to the country for the weekend and the cottage is just perfect for them. It’s very private, has a vast open-plan kitchen and dining area for Meghan to cook in and lots of large windows for the stunning views.”
According to The Sun, the house may be remote, but it also comes with enough modern-day security to protect the prince and his future bride, including motion detectors and a few armed royal guards.
In the week following their wedding, the pair is expected to get back to their royal duties and make a public appearance together. Then, Meghan and Harry will jet off on their royal honeymoon.
According to a source who spoke exclusively to Travel + Leisure, Harry and Meghan are expected to head to Namibia. There, they would likely take part in an ultra-luxurious — and ultra-private — safari with Natural Selection, and perhaps stay at the company’s Hoanib Valley Camp.
“We think frills are great, but they are no match for thrills, especially when it comes to African safaris. Don’t get us wrong, we love a great bottle of wine and soft sheets as much as anyone. But for us, the greatest luxury of all, by far, is experience,” the tour company explained on its website. “That’s why we’re creating a portfolio of welcoming camps and one-of-a-kind experiences that are full of unique soul and colorful character, with extraordinary staff, located in the very heart of where the wild things are.”
On the trip, the couple would have to take a charter plane to the safari’s main camp. Upon arrival they would be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy themselves as likely the only guests at the resort (save for a lion, elephant, or zebra) because Namibia also happens to be one of the least densely populated countries in the world.
Moreover, the pair may not even need visas to travel to the beautiful African nation as Namibia is still part of the Commonwealth.
Following their honeymoon the duo may even continue their world tour with a stop in the United States to support the latest expedition from the armed forces charity Support The Walk, which Harry helped launch in April. Sure, the U.S. may not be as cool as Namibia, but it’s pretty close.