It’s sad to think that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are spending their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple apart. With Meghan expecting to deliver the newest member of the royal family sometime in the spring, it’s also the couple’s last romantic Valentine’s Day as a family of two.
Instead of cozy at home cooking dinner and enjoying each other’s company, the pair is apart this Valentine’s Day while Prince Harry is working.
Where is Prince Harry spending Valentine’s Day?
It’s not like Prince Harry has a choice about where he’s spending Valentine’s Day – the working royal had to travel to Bardufoss, Norway to visit the Exercise Clock, which is inside the Arctic Circle. Prince Harry has certain duties to perform as Captain of the Royal Marines, and this was one of them. Too bad it had to occur on a day that should be reserved for romance.
Exercise Clock is a place where military personnel get trained on suriving in harsh conditions, including frigid temperatures. The Valentine’s Day 2019 excursion happened on the 50th anniversary of Commando Helicopter Force and Joint Helicopter Command deploying to Bardufoss for training.
Prince Harry’s men made a shrine to Meghan Markle
Perhaps knowing he’d be missing his lovely wife, and all in good fun, the men deployed with the Duke of Sussex had a fun surprise for him. Prince Harry was led into a makeshift igloo called Quincey Shelter and shown a mini shrine to Meghan Markle complete with photos, candles, and music playing from
Prince Harry was at least amused by the whole thing. “You weirdos,” he said upon encountering the display. “It’s very kind of you to invite me into your private shrine or whatever you want to call it. And the music, is that part of it? Romantic isn’t it.”
How did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate Valentine’s Day in the past?
In 2017, the couple enjoyed a low-key date night at home. That’s where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tend to be happiest – hanging out at home together, not out partying and socializing. No doubt they wish they were doing the same this year. In 2018, right before their wedding, Harry and Meghan spent February 13 embarking on royal visits in Edinburgh. But at least they were together.
But it’s possible they’re saving Valentine’s Day plans for the time after Prince Harry gets home from his mission. After all, there’s speculation that the couple is planning a “babymoon,” or a last quick vacation before the new baby arrives. They’ll have to plan it soon since the couple is going on a royal tour to Morocco at the end of March.
Hopefully in the meantime Prince Harry enjoyed his shrine!