Although it seems like their wedding was just yesterday (in fact, it was less than a week ago), Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already hit the ground running as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The pair made their first official appearance together Tuesday, Harry wearing a dashing suit while Markle stunned in a feminine taupe Goat dress and a pale pink Philip Treacy hat.
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The Duke and Duchess certainly looked the part, and it seems as though they’re settling into their new roles quite seamlessly. With her posh-pretty look and side chignon, Markle seemed to take notes from sister-in-law Kate Middleton for her first appearance as a royal, and her upgraded style is setting exactly the right tone.
So why are the world’s most famous lovebirds already out and about as a married couple instead of swept away to some gorgeous locale like Fiji or Namibia on their honeymoon?
Tuesday’s appearance was for an afternoon garden party at Buckingham Palace, held in honour of Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles. The event was a combination of an early birthday party for Charles, who will turn 70 in November, and a celebration of his charity and military work.
It also served as a commemoration of the Manchester Arena bombing, as it was held on the first anniversary of the attack. Cadets and emergency responders were also in attendance at the event to honour the 22 people who passed away last year at the Ariana Grande concert.
Prince Harry gave a speech at the garden party, asking the attendees to give a big thank you to Prince Charles for the “incredible” work he’s done over nearly 50 years of service.
PEOPLE reports that prior to the wedding, a spokesperson for the palace had confirmed that Prince Harry and Markle wouldn’t take off for their honeymoon right away, but that they would definitely be making time for a romantic getaway in the future.
According to Travel + Leisure, the royal duo will be spending their honeymoon in Namibia, Africa—a continent that is close to both of their hearts, as they have been travelling to Botswana together since their relationship was first blossoming.
Sparsely populated, ultra-private and remote enough to avoid the paps (a bush plane is required to reach it), Namibia will be the perfect destination for the Duke and Duchess’s honeymoon. It’s been rumoured the pair will stay at Natural Selection’s Hoanib Valley Camp, a brand new and very intimate six-room lodging located in the rugged desert.
Until then, we’ll continue revelling in the bliss of newlywed life (vicariously, of course).