Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Won't Go on Their Honeymoon Immediately Following the Royal Wedding

But they have a really good reason ..

Updated 05/04/18

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Kensington Palace set the Internet ablaze on Friday with a revelation of new announcements regarding Prince Harry’s royal wedding to Meghan Markle. Meghan’s father will be walking her down the aisle, Kate Middleton will be attendance (but Prince Louis will not be), and Meghan will not have any bridesmaids. But one interesting detail pertains not to the wedding ceremony itself, but rather to the days following: Instead of jetting off immediately after the wedding on May 19 to a lavish honeymoon, the newlyweds will stay local for about a week before heading off for some alone time.

Keeping up with their work and public engagements are a priority for Prince Harry and Meghan, and that attitude is reflected in their decision to keep their work engagements on the calendar in the days following the year’s most anticipated wedding. The couple has made more than 10 public appearances at events together since announcing their engagement, and they show no sign of letting up even in the wake of this massive international event.

The couple’s ultimate destination is sure to be worth the wait, however. While the exact location of their honeymoon hasn’t been disclosed, a source told Travel + Leisure that the newlyweds will be vacationing in Namibia. The choice to visit Namibia is a natural one for the couple for a few reasons, the least of which being that Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, and many of the country’s most notable attractions can only be accessed through private planes. For a couple that has spent the better part of a year under intense public observation, the privacy that a honeymoon in Namibia promises can’t be beat. Furthermore, the southwestern African nation is part of the British Commonwealth, so the country holds a special significance to the royal family.

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