After a fairytale of a royal wedding, the obvious next step for newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is to continue that romance on a dream honeymoon getaway. But, according to one royal expert, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex have had some trouble deciding on their travel plans.
"The honeymoon destination has changed a few times since they started planning," royal expert Omid Scobie told Elle. "I heard that just over a month before the wedding, Harry and Meghan hadn't even booked a destination, so these plans have come together rather quickly."
One destination that was floated prior to the wedding date was Namibia, with a stay at the newly completed luxury Hoanib Valley Camp. But, as Scobie explained, if a destination is being reported, it's most likely not the place because of security reasons. "If a location leaks prior to travel, it compromises their safety on the trip, and they'll be advised by their protection team to change plans," he told Elle. "William and Kate's protection officers ended up doing recon on two destinations before they settled on the Seychelles for their 2011 honeymoon."
Other possible honeymoon spots, according to Obie, include Zanzibar or the Seychelles, where William and Kate honeymooned. Africa seems to be a sure bet, though, despite the changes in plans: "Africa has played a huge role in Harry and Meghan’s relationship—it was the place they fell in love, the place they vacationed before the engagement, and even where Harry bought the center diamond for Meghan's ring," Obie said. "The couple have been keen to explore other countries in Africa, and I'm certain we will see them do that on this honeymoon."
And although the duke and duchess delayed their honeymoon to be in attendance at Prince Charles's 70th birthday celebration, Obie reports that their schedule is now clear until June 9—meaning they could depart anytime. But "Kensington Palace have said that the honeymoon is very much a private trip and they won't be releasing details to the media," Obie relayed. "The couple shared so much during the wedding and now is the time for them to enjoy some privacy."
While the where and when of the honeymoon remain a mystery, there is one trip that the royal couple is seemingly planning on making: to Mexico, to meet Markle's father, Thomas. "One of the things they want to do sooner than later—and now that they're married—is to go and see Thomas Markle, who is recovering from a heart operation," said royal expert Katie Nicholl. But whether that will trump any honeymoon plans remains to be seen.