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Why Prince Harry and Meghan Have Escaped to the English Countryside

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Getty

On May 19, the world’s spotlight shone brightly on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they wed at Windsor Castle. Now, it seems, the new couple is stepping out of it.

With their next official engagement not set until September, a new report from Vanity Fair says that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have retreated to their country home in the Cotswolds. It’s said to be on the grounds of the Great Tew Estate, which is close to the luxurious Soho Farmhouse. “It’s very clear they want to be private and left alone,” a source told the publication.“The property is in the middle of woodland and you wouldn’t know it was there. It is very remote, which is why they like it. It’s like a fortress. There’s a huge security presence, you can’t get close.” Later in the summer, the couple will likely join the Queen at Balmoral, her summer castle in Scotland.

It’s quite common for the royals to take an extended holiday this time of year—Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, for example, vacationed in Mustique. In late July, the Queen headed up to her castle in the Scottish Highlands. At this time in 2017, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were spotted on a yacht off of Corfu. And with temperatures soaring in London this August (right now it’s 32 degrees Celsius in the capital), who could blame them?

But, as other outlets have pointed out, the weather may not be the only factor that’s contributed to the couple seeking a summertime escape. Between the in-depth media coverage the couple faced in the days leading up to, and right after, their wedding, and the current tabloid drama surrounding Markle’s family, it makes sense that they would want to get away. Even before they went to the Cotswolds, some royal reporters—like the Daily Express’s Richard Palmer—said they noticed the two keeping the press at arm’s length. And, if rest, relaxation, and privacy is the goal, they certainly have a good option for a getaway in the Cotswolds.

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