The most anticipated wedding of the year, between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, was certainly a five-star affair. Prior to the festivities, Kensington Palace announced some of the plans the couple had, including where the pair spent the eve of their wedding.
The couple were hosted at separate hotels on Friday, May 18, in Windsor, with Prince Harry staying at the Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park with Prince William, while Meghan will stay at the Cliveden House with her mother, Doria Ragland.
Cliveden House is steeped in history. Built in 1666 by a Duke of Buckingham to host his mistress and friends, it was also the site of the Profumo Affair, Britain’s most notorious political scandal. John Profumo, the secretary of state for war and Christine Keeler, 19, the mistress of an alleged Russian spy met at the pool and began an illicit affair, which ended with Profumo’s resignation. Even the hotel’s website boasts that the house has had a “history of unapologetic debauchery.”
Cliveden House was also lived in by William Waldorf Astor, the American businessman and his wife Nancy, who hosted luminaries such as Winston Churchill and George Bernard Shaw. It was also the home of Prince Frederick of Wales and was visited by Queen Victoria.
Meghan spent the night in the hotel’s Spring Cottage, a three-bedroom structure that “offers superb living space and private gardens ensuring the utmost in privacy and escapism,” according to the hotel website, which lists the price as $2,793 per night.
The hotel also includes two restaurants, a full-service spa and an indoor pool, as well as an outdoor pool, a lounge, and an indoor tennis court.
The hotel where Harry is spending the night is approximately seven miles from Windsor Castle. He will likely stay at the Dower House, a historic, private house that dates back to 1775. The house has three bedrooms, two fireplaces, and a private garden. The price is listed at $2,000 per night.
The hotel also includes two restaurants, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool, as well as two lounges, a health club, and a poolside bar.
St George’s Chapel was be the site of the couple's wedding, halfway between both hotels. Prince Harry and Meghan won’t go on their honeymoon immediately, though. They are due at Prince Charles’s 70th birthday celebration at Buckingham Palace three days after the wedding. They will then depart to Namibia for their honeymoon.