Where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spend their honeymoon?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be aware that Britain’s Prince Harry is set to tie the knot with US actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on May 19.
It’s been confirmed that the pair’s wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel in an hour-long ceremony which will be beamed across the world.
While we’re pretty much to speed on the events of the day in question, there’s one thing we’re all still in the dark about — the couple’s honeymoon destination.
Harry and Markle have spent much of their romance jetting around the world together, so could they go for an old favorite, or will they pick somewhere entirely new to jet off once they are husband and wife?
Here’s our pick of eight potential honeymoon destinations for the royal couple.
This South African country has played an integral role in Harry and Meghan’s relationship.
The couple’s romance heated up in the summer of 2016 after the “Suits” actress flew to Botswana to join the prince, who was working on conservation projects in the area.
After falling for each other while camping out under the stars, they chose to return to the country for a three-week African safari a year later, staying at tented bush camp Meno a Kwena, and Harry even sourced the main stone in Markle’s engagement ring from Botswana.
Could the pair’s obvious affection for the country see them return for their honeymoon?
Well it’s clearly a strong contender, especially as Harry has referred to Botswana as his “second home,” and was announced as patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana last year.
Meno a Kwena, Boteti River, Botswana; +27 21 001 1574
Likelihood rating: 7 / 10
While Botswana is a hot favorite, the British press have predicted the couple will go for a different African country — Namibia.
Home to some of the tallest sand dunes in the world, Namibia is also one of the most sparsely populated countries on the planet, which will be a huge draw for Harry and Markle after the publicity of their wedding.
Reports suggest the pair are planning on staying at several different lodges and safari camps owned by luxury lodge company Natural Selection.
Namibia’s newest luxury camp Hoanib Valley Camp, which costs around night $711 a night, is purported to be among those on their wish list.
Hoanib Valley Camp, Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Likelihood rating: 6 / 10
If the pair opt to honeymoon slightly closer to home, Positano could well be on their wish list.
Situated on the Amalfi coast just an hour and a half away from Naples, it’s already been given the thumbs up by one half of the royal couple.
Markle stayed at hotel Le Sirenuse back in 2016 and spoke of her fondness for the small fishing village on her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig.
Famed for its cascading cliffs and colorful Mediterranean architecture, Positano is so picturesque that the mayor recently introduced a $1,230 photography fee for all advertising or commercial property due to high demand, so its most definitely a worthy honeymoon destination candidate.
Le Sirenuse, Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, Positano, Italy; +39 089 875066
Likelihood rating: 5 / 10
Measuring just 20 kilometers in length, the island of Hydra is decidedly low key and beautiful, two things that Harry and Markle seem to find appealing.
Reached via a 90-minute boat ride from Athens, it’s free from all types of private motorized transport, meaning the only way to get around is by foot, boat, or mule.
In fact, Markle is already a fan — picking the idyllic island as the location for a friend’s bachelorette party back in 2016.
Might she return with her new husband in tow?
Likelihood rating: 6 / 10
Shortly after their relationship was revealed last year, Harry and Markle are said to have jetted off to Tromvik, Norway together to see the Northern Lights.
The pair apparently stayed at the remote Tromvik Lodge, which is situated near the town of Tromsø, and is available to rent via Airbnb, costing around $362-a-night.
Tromvik is a popular location in winter for those hoping to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, and offers fantastic whale watching opportunities.
It’s also very discreet, with no restaurants or even shops around.
While Tromvik is most popular in the winter, it would be decidedly quieter in May, which could prove to be the deciding factor for Harry and Markle.
Tromvik Lodge, Tromtindvegen 132, 9107 Kvaløya; +47 90573879
Likelihood rating: 4 / 10
Prince Harry’s mother Princess Diana was a huge fan of Nevis and took the prince and his brother William for an extended vacation in the lesser-known Caribbean island back in 1993.
Apparently Diana admired the sister island of St. Kitts due to its seclusion (not to mention its beautiful beaches and clear waters,) which is a quality Harry and his wife-to-be will be looking for from a honeymoon destination.
The 33-year-old prince returned to Nevis in November 2016 as part of his official Caribbean tour on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II and was pictured releasing baby turtles into the sea at Lovers Beach.
So, has his longstanding connection to the idyllic island, which measures just 93 square kilometers, given it the edge?
Well ,the Nevisian tourist board certainly seem to think so.
“As it is one of the most romantic islands in the world, we are quietly confident that Nevis’ guaranteed privacy will attract the royal newlyweds,” Nevis Tourism Authority CEO Greg Phillip has said.
Likelihood rating — 6 / 10
North Island, Seychelles
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge picked North Island — a private island off the East Africa coast — as their honeymoon destination back in 2011, could Harry and Markle follow suit?
The Seychelles government has introduced laws to protect the privacy of famous faces who travel to its islands, so the pair would definitely be away from prying eyes.
North Island, which sits 30 kilometers from Mahé in the Seychelles and can be reached by helicopter, boasts 11 sensational private villas.
Measuring over 5,000 square feet, each comes with its own plunge pool as well as private access to the beach.
While the entire island can be booked for weddings, it’s also a honeymoon favorite, with actor George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin also opting to holiday there after their nuptials.
North Island, Seychelles; +27 (0)61 089 0462
Likelihood rating — 7 / 10
If Harry and Markle are looking for the ultimate seclusion, Tetiaroa would be an ideal choice.
Located 40 kilometers north of Tahiti, the 13-island Polynesian atoll, which encircles a sparkling lagoon, has already received Barack and Michelle Obama’s seal of approval.
The former US president and his wife reportedly visited in April 2017, while the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton honeymooned here last summer.
Hollywood star Marlon Brando famously bought the island after discovering it while shooting 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty” and promptly supplied Tetiaroa with an airstrip.
Eco-hotel The Brando Resort, which was created with the help the actor’s family after his death, is the only hotel in Tetiaroa, making it the ultimate location for those who want to be cut off from the rest of the world.
The Brando Resort, Onetahi, French Polynesia; +689 40 86 63 00
Likelihood rating — 8 / 10
Vegas is another destination Prince Harry has an eventful history with — albeit for reasons he’d probably rather forget.
He was famously pictured in the nude while taking part in a game of strip billiards at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel during a wild weekend in Sin City back in 2012.
The prince, who apparently received a ticking off from the Queen after the incident, quickly cleaned up his act, and his rowdy partying days are clearly behind him.
Returning to the scene of that infamous incident on honeymoon with his new bride would certainly show that he’s come full circle.
And with activities like rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking on offer (as well as billiards of course) there’s plenty of activity for honeymooners.
Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas; +1 702-770-7000
Likelihood rating: 1 / 10
Cempedak Island, Indonesia
When it comes to remoteness, Cempedak Island is tough to beat.
The private island resort is located 26 kilometers south of Indonesia’s Nikoi Island and owned by the same group. Getting here is an adventure in itself.
Harry and Markle would have to take a one-hour ferry ride from Singapore’s Tanah Merah terminal, followed by a one-hour taxi ride and another half-hour ferry to reach it.
However, this would certainly lessen the presence of photographers.
The private island resort consists of 20 bungalows (made almost completely from sustainable bamboo) with easy access to the island’s 42 acre beaches, reefs, mangroves and rainforests.
More importantly, Cempedak Island and Niko Island have their own charity, the Island Foundation, which was set up to help the local communities.
It offers an education program for villagers with learning centers offering classes like soil management and IT.
Cempedak, Air Gelubi, Bintan Pesisir, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands, Indonesia; +62 811-7008-040
Likelihood rating: 5 / 10