Among the many traditions that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will observe at their May 19 nuptials, there’s one that holds a special place in both their hearts: that of spending the night before the wedding in separate spaces.
In a recent press briefing, a palace spokesperson said that the tradition of having Harry see Markle in her wedding gown for the first time walking down the aisle “is very important to them.”
Harry, 33, will be staying at the Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park in Windsor with his older brother (and best man), Prince William, on Friday night.
Meanwhile, Markle, 36, will spend her last night as a single woman with her mother, Doria Ragland, at the Cliveden House Hotel, located on the National Trust’s Cliveden Estate in Windsor, just 15 miles away from Harry’s hotel.
The first time the pair will see each other in full wedding regalia will be when Markle walks down the aisle in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle just before noon on Saturday.
Coworth Park is one of England’s most iconic 5-star country house hotels, and is set on 240 acres of gorgeous Berkshire parkland; in keeping with Harry’s taste, the luxury retreat is eco-friendly, with amenities like an indoor pool and three restaurants on-site.
Markle’s Cliveden House hotel is nothing to sneeze at either. The venue is similarly a 5-star country house hotel, with a luxurious spa perfect for pre-wedding unwinding, as well as rooms with their own fireplace, separate dressing room and en suite bathroom, all ideal for getting ready for the royal wedding.
The plan at present is for Markle and her mother to check into Cliveden House on Friday evening, and then depart together in a car for St. George’s Chapel 25 minutes away on Saturday morning.
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