Where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Staying the Night Before the Royal Wedding
Kensington Palace announced on Monday where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will sleep on the eve of their wedding.
On Friday, May 18, the couple will check into separate luxury hotels in Windsor, located about 15 miles away from each other.
Meghan’s accommodations have a salacious royal history. Cliveden House was built in 1666 by a Duke of Buckingham as a place to entertain his mistress and friends. Since then, it has had a “history of unapologetic debauchery,” according to the hotel website. It was the site of the Profumo Affair, considered one of the U.K.’s most infamous political scandals.
During the Cold War, John Profumo, the then-secretary of state for war, met Christine Keeler, the 19-year-old mistress of a suspected Russian spy, at the Cliveden House pool. From there, the two began an illicit affair. When it was revealed, Profumo was forced to resign and his party was marred by scandal.
Meghan will likely spend her night in the hotel’s Spring Cottage. The three-bedroom cottage “offers superb living space and private gardens ensuring the utmost in privacy and escapism,” according to the hotel. It is available from $2,793 (£2,055) per night.
To book: expedia.com
Harry’s hotel is decidedly less scandalous. Coworth Park is located about seven miles from Windsor Castle. If he chooses the hotel’s finest offering, he will sleep at the Dower House. The historic, private house dates back to 1775 — although it’s been updated with modern luxuries. There are three bedrooms, two fireplaces, and a private garden for the ultimate idyllic country retreat. The price per night is available upon request (but suites at the hotel cost upwards of $2,000 per night).
To book: expedia.com
The couple will reunite on the morning of May 19 at St George’s Chapel, located about halfway between the two hotels.
Following the wedding, the newlyweds will linger in England. Three days after their wedding, they will attend Prince Charles’s 70th birthday celebration in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. Then it’s off to Namibia for their honeymoon.