Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should honeymoon in Israel
From romantic dinners to beachside sunsets, we've got the royal couple's personal itinerary all planned out.
Pour a cup of tea, put on a wide-brimmed hat and get ready for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding. The couple announced their engagement yesterday and, in a 20-minute-long interview, the two opened up for the first time and revealed how they met, the challenges of dating in the public eye and all the details surrounding the proposal. (She barely let him finish asking before screaming 'Yes!'). A spring wedding is planned.
But while everyone is concentrating on the nuptials, some people are already thinking about what comes next. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin tweeted congrats to the newly engaged couple while making his own proposal: come honeymoon in Israel.
Mazal Tov to HRH Prince Harry & fiancé @MeghanMarkle. Sending our warmest regards to Her Majesty the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, all the Royal Family & the British people, from Nechama & me, & all the Israeli people. We invite them to enjoy their honeymoon in Israel!— Reuven Rivlin (@PresidentRuvi) November 27, 2017
We figured we'd take the baton from Rivlin and offer up some ideas for the ultimate romantic Israeli honeymoon, custom tailored for Harry and Meghan's shared inerests. And why not? Before Conan O'Brien's summer trip to Israel we came up with a similar list, and he actually took our advice.
So without further ado ...
Two words: Glamping honeymoon
Britannia Park is a popular camping area featuring a forest and recreation area in Israel. (Photo: amira_a / Flickr)
After a few initial dates, the couple said they really fell in love during a camping trip they took about a month after they met. “It was I think about three, maybe four, weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana and we camped out with each other under the stars," Prince Harry said. If it's camping they're looking for, Israel offers some of the Mediterranean's most scenic landscapes. The Sea of Galilee would be our first suggestion. There is certainly a lot to do there: beaches, forests, mountains, hot springs and even ancient ruins. They could also camp in the Hula Valley and witness one of the world's largest bird migrations, or head south to Timna National Park where the local Bedouins offer tourists a chance to stay in a traditional encampment. If they're looking to get their hands dirty, may we suggest a mud bath at the Dead Sea? And after a comfortable night of camping, there's plenty of day hikes and backpacking trips available for the honeymooners.
Stop by Gal Gadot's house (but call first)
Markle, who starred for seven seasons on the USA Network show "Suits," can visit with Israeli actress Gal Gadot while she's there. (Gadot recently moved to Los Angeles, but still maintains a home in Israel, where she returns frequently to visit friends and family.) After starring in the blockbuster hit "Wonder Woman," Gadot could offer tips on acting and, perhaps even more to the point, how to deal with becoming an overnight sensation known across the globe. Moreover, the royal couple has said that they hope to start a family "in the near future." Added Harry: "I can't wait for the day ... I adore kids." They could also chat with Gadot, the mother of two young daughters, about the best ways to balance parenting and public life.
Champion one of their causes
Both Harry and Meghan have expressed a desire to use their fame to draw attention to the charitable causes that our close to their hearts. 'We're a fantastic team, we know we are," said Harry. "And we hope over time to try to have as much impact on all the things we care about as possible." One charity the prince is involved with is Surfers Not Street Children, which helps at-risk youth. On a trip to Tel Aviv, one of the world's best surfing cities, the prince (himself an avid surfer) could do some hands-on research.
Once he dries off, we'd recommend the couple stops by the headquarters of Tel Aviv-based IsraAid. The nonprofit humanitarian aid organization has had a busy year helping recovery efforts of natural disasters all around the world, including this summer's three catastrophic hurricanes in the U.S. The royal couple might also want to set up a meeting with Sivan Ya'ari. The Israeli woman launched Innovation: Africa, a nonprofit that has helped nearly a million people living in rural Africa gain access to electricity and clean drinking water. Both organizations seem to fit nicely in the portfolio of causes with which the couple wants to work.
Get cozy and eat great
Hoping to avoid the paparazzi and keep their relationship under wraps, the two revealed that while dating they spent many evenings cooking dinner at home in their cottage instead of scampering about town to a fancy restaurant. They could do the same on their honeymoon. And, as luck would have it, we happen to have hundreds of recipes from our Israeli Kitchen that the two can whip up. Whether they want to make their own hummus, use an Instant Pot to create a Mediterranean spiced chicken or try their hand at something exotic like jachnun – we've got it covered. They could even cuddle up and watch the mouthwatering documentary "In Search of Israeli Cuisine." But, of course, what would a trip to Israel be without enjoying some of the best fine dining? Forbes named the country as having the world's best food scene. From the mélange of Mediterranean dishes at Machneyuda in Jerusalem to the creative fish and seafood cooking at Uri Buri in the north, there's plenty for the newlyweds to enjoy.
Watch some glorious sunsets
For Meghan's 36th birthday, Prince Harry whisked her away to Africa for a safari and a romantic sunset walk. Well, the two can experience both in Israel – starting in the morning at the Ramat Gan Animal Safari near Tel Aviv and ending the day on the beach, shoes off, watching the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea. And Israel has no shortage of opportunities to see a glorious sunset. In fact, we've gathered a list of our favorites. And what will the new princess wear while she's frolicking on the beach? Markle, a brand ambassador for Canadian retailer Reitmans, has actually designed a sunset dress just for the occasion.
So that wraps up our roundup of why we think the royal couple has no choice but to honeymoon in Israel. Now about that wedding gown: we have an idea for that as well...
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