Cliveden House Hotel can this week add one more event of note to its colourful history, as Meghan Markle spends her last night as a single woman under
Cliveden House Hotel can this week add one more event of note to its colourful history, as Meghan Markle spends her last night as a single woman under its roof.
Ms Markle and her mother Doria will take rooms at the hotel as they enjoy their final night’s sleep ahead of her Windsor Castle wedding on Saturday.
Prince Harry and his best man the Duke of Cambridge, meanwhile, will stay at nearby Coworth Park, where Ms Markle was spotted watching her beau play polo at the beginning of their romance.
The couple are spending their last unmarried night apart, in the traditional style of an English wedding, with the rooms “being paid for privately”.
Ms Markle and her mother will sleep at Cliveden House Hotel, on the National Trust’s Cliveden Estate in Taplow, Berkshire.
The venue describes itself as having a “history of unapologetic debauchery”, with the Grade I listed stately home famous for the “most heinous of scandals [which] shook the British parliament and played out on these very grounds”.
Advertising a “Profumo Affair Break”, the hotel emphasises its links with “scurrilous secrets” of 1961, when John Profumo first caught sight of a 19-year-old Christine Keeler cooling off in the outdoor pool.
“Profumo and Keeler embarked on an illicit affair following their chance meeting at Cliveden House; an affair which was to force his resignation, irrevocably damage the Prime Minister’s reputation, and impact on the course of British politics forever,” it boasts.
The hotel, built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham as a gift to his mistress, has hosted “powerful personalities, debaucherous parties and scandalous affairs” for more than 350 years, its website says.
Ms Markle and her mother, who will travel with her by car to St George’s Chapel on Saturday, will have a choice of luxury rooms, including the aptly-named Prince of Wales suite.
Prince Harry and his brother will be put up in the familiar surroundings of the Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park in Ascot, where they have regularly played polo.
In May 2017, Ms Markle caused a stir after unexpectedly appearing in the Royal box to watch her then-boyfriend on the polo field, accompanied by his friend and mentor Mark Dyer.
The visit represented an apparent thawing of her feelings towards the Dorchester Collection, after her former agent claimed she had joined a boycott of the hotel chain after its owner, the Sultan of Brunei, imposed Sharia law in 2014.
Then, Hollywood stars temporarily boycotted the hotels, with Ms Markle allegedly writing to agent Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne to say “she would never stay at the Dorchester, or any hotels they are involved with”.
Kensington Palace said: “On the night before their wedding, Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle will stay at separate hotels in the Windsor area.”
With just days to go until the royal wedding on Saturday, the palace also announced the couple’s first official engagement as a married couple.
Three days after they wed, the Prince and his new bride will celebrate the Prince of Wales by attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
The event, The Prince of Wales’s 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration, will see Ms Markle attend her first ever royal garden party in the grounds of the Queen’s London residence.
A number of cadets and emergency services personnel who were first responders after the bombing at Manchester Arena on May 22 2017 will also attend the garden party.