The world’s fascination with royalty is a phenomenon as old as time. This is evident from centuries of fairy tale books, film adaptations of monarchy, and even Disney movies. In fact, it has been part of society’s fabric since childhood.
For most, the royals represent a real-life fairytale, one that people can follow closely and live out vicariously. Perhaps the grass is indeed greener on the other side, and in this case, that’s within the perfectly landscaped gardens of the Kensington Palace.
Is it any wonder, then, that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials last weekend turned out to be a lavish event witnessed by the whole world? Everything that went down, from the bride’s choice of designer to the couple’s delicious wedding cake, was immortalised by news outlets worldwide. Every detail, down to a T, can be found by hitting the search button on Google.
That makes us question: Did Harry and Meghan stay in a hotel like us mere commoners, or did they prepare for the royal wedding from the regal comforts of their Kensington Palace residence?
It turned out to be the latter — well, kind of. Following royal protocol, the pair spent the night before the royal wedding apart. The now Duchess of Sussex stayed at the Cliveden House Hotel located a 30-minute drive away from Windsor Castle, while the Duke spent the night at Coworth Park, a 70-room Georgian manor house in Ascot run by the Dorchester Collection. The choice of hotels isn’t surprising, as both are known to be favoured by generations of monarchy.
In fact, similar to Cliveden House Hotel and Coworth Park, many hotels have gained unofficial status as royal retreats. Whether it’s the members of British royalty or Grace Kelly, the late Princess of Monaco, these grand hotels have become private hideaways for centuries of monarchy. The best part? You, too, can book a night’s stay and slumber like royalty.
The Carlyle Hotel