The Surprising Reason Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Delaying Their Honeymoon

For some people, the best part of the wedding is the honeymoon. After months of planning and a busy wedding day, nothing beats heading out of town for a well-deserved break, even if it’s at one of the many overrated honeymoon destinations. Even Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the newest British royal couple, deserve a nice vacation, but it won’t happen right away. They won’t go on a honeymoon right after their wedding, and here’s why.

We’ll tell you why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have to wait to take their honeymoon (page 6), but first, we’ll tell you about why the wedding day might have been the most dangerous day of their lives (page 4).

How you can celebrate the royal wedding

Prince Harry Marries Ms. Meghan Markle - Windsor Castle

The guest list was pretty small for a royal wedding. | Danny Lawson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

  • We can all be a part of this royal wedding.

Don’t stress too much if you didn’t get an invite to the royal wedding. After all, the newest royal couple put only about 3,400 people on the guest list to be part of the big day in some way, so you aren’t alone if you didn’t get invited.

Next: Surprising traditions, including one that is nearly 200 years old.

The facts about the wedding

Prince Harry places ring on finger

The ring is made from Welsh gold. | Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

  • Where the bride’s ring comes from and another very old tradition.

A few facts about the royal wedding were well known beforehand:

  • The wedding happened at Windsor Castle, about 22 miles west of London’s Buckingham Palace.
  • St. George’s Chapel is where the ceremony took place.
  • The Chapel seats 800 people, according to The Sun.

We also know Meghan Markle’s wedding band is cut from a Welsh golden nugget, a tradition that dates back to 1923. In following one of the oldest royal wedding traditions that dates back to 1840, Markle’s bouquet contained myrtle from an old shrub planted by Queen Victoria.

Next: As with any royal wedding, not everything went according to plan.

In keeping with other royal weddings, there were some fails

He struggled with her veil. | Owen Humphreys – WPA Pool/Getty Images

  • There were a few forgettable moments.

As long as there have been royal weddings, there have been forgettable (or unforgettable, depending on how you look at it) royal wedding fails.

For instance, Prince William had trouble putting the wedding band on Kate Middleton’s finger. We’ll never know whether or not it’s because he only slept for 30 minutes the night before. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle couldn’t avoid some forgettable moments either.

According to Cosmopolitan, Harry had trouble lifting Meghan Markle’s wedding veil, Meghan forgot to curtsy Queen Elizabeth, and Prince Charles had a nap during the ceremony.

Next: The hidden dangers on the wedding day.

The hidden dangers Meghan Markle and Prince Harry face

All the royals are in one place. | Owen Humphreys – WPA Pool/Getty Images

  • The wedding day is just one day full of dangers for the royal family.

You may not know it from all the hubbub surrounding the wedding, but not everyone is happy for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to start their life together. Having all the royals in one place and well-defined procession route after the nuptials gives people who want to take out the monarchy the chance to do just that. Those are just two of the dangerous issues looming over the royal wedding.

Next: After the wedding, it’s time to get back to work.

How they’ll make money when they’re married

Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex wave as they leave Windsor Castle

They won’t have to worry. | Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images

  • They won’t have to worry about making ends meet.

After the wedding, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won’t have to worry too much about making ends meet. Between his inheritance, his old salary, his piece of vast real estate holdings, and her Toronto house, residual acting income, and clothing line, they will make more than enough money to survive.

Next: Royal duty calls and delays the honeymoon.

Why the delay?

Harry, Meghan, Camilla and Charles at The Prince Of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration

They stuck around for Charles’ birthday. | Dominic Lipinski – Pool/Getty Images

  • He’s being a good son and doing his royal duty.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won’t leave for their honeymoon right after the wedding. In fact, they had to go to an official royal function just three days after tying the knot. According to Town & Country, the couple had to attend Prince Charles’ 70th birthday celebration May 22. It sounds like fun to us commoners, but that’s considered part of the job when you’re a part of the royal family.

Next: Where have we heard this before?

It’s not the first time this has happened

Kate Middleton and Prince William on their wedding day

William and Kate waited two weeks. | Warren Allott – WPA Pool/Getty Images

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton also had to delay the honeymoon.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry delaying the honeymoon is nothing new for a royal couple. Prince William and Kate Middleton had to wait almost two weeks to leave on their honeymoon in 2011. According to PopSugar, William had to request time off from the Royal Air Force before he could leave.

Next: Here is the location of the honeymoon.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are heading back to Africa

The couple will head to Africa, though it’s unsure where exactly. | WPA Pool/Getty Images

  • An extended vacation in Namibia could cost as much as $25,000.

According to Travel and Leisure, the royal couple plans to travel to Namibia for the honeymoon. Prince Harry has ties to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, and the couple vacationed in Botswana after they first met at a cost of roughly $25,000. Namibia is just west of Botswana, so we’re guessing the honeymoon will cost at least as much as the previous African vacation.

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