Once the last toast at the wedding reception of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after they tie the knot May 19, they'll be heading off to Namibia for their honeymoon. Those who equate royalty with conspicuous consumption might be scratching their heads over that choice, seeing that the locale doesn't have the swank of the French Riviera or the poshness one would associate with a chalet in the Swiss Alps. But Namibia has such a special place in the heart of the Royal Family that the destination was an instant no-brainer for the couple.


First, it's part of the Commonwealth and to go to any place not connected with that international alliance that's held together by nothing short of goodwill might be considered sacrilegious to even the staunchest monarch supporter. That the two have previously spent time together in southwest Africa indicates that it's a continent worth a repeat visit.

This generation of royals has made it no secret that they see their status as a form of duty instead of privilege, a nugget of wisdom they gleaned from their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Namibia is also at the heart of one of Harry's many charitable missions. As Harry has publicly reflected concern over the plight of endangered species worldwide, he's especially passionate about the potential fate of the black rhino. To that end, he's an avid supporter of the Save the Rhino Trust, a charity that took up three months of his time in Namibia a few years back when he saw first-hand how the agency was trying to do its part to keep those majestic animals alive.

Then there's the importance of how Africa has shaped the genealogical destiny of the Windsor-Mountbatten clan. The continent was where Harry's brother William popped to Kate Middleton during a vacation together. And it was in Kenya, in 1952, when Princess Elizabeth discovered she became queen after learning of the death of her father, King George VI, which heralded the longest reign in British history.

Of course, it's not going to be a junket that's all work and no play, as Harry indicated he'd like to start a family as soon as possible. That's probably one reason why they're most likely to spend their time in Kaokoland's Hoanib Valley Camp, in the northwestern part of the country that also doubles as a giraffe conservation site. The locale is remote and relatively inaccessible, meaning that media wags and paparazzi would have to be pretty hardy lots to get even close to the famous couple.