Prince Harry and Meghan Markle escaped for a lavish three-night £33,000 ‘babymoon’ at a Hampshire hotel, it has been revealed. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are set to welcome their new baby in just a few weeks, reportedly stayed at the five-star Heckfield Place hotel in Hook, Hampshire. The 18th century Georgian mansion
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle escaped for a lavish three-night £33,000 ‘babymoon’ at a Hampshire hotel, it has been revealed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are set to welcome their new baby in just a few weeks, reportedly stayed at the five-star Heckfield Place hotel in Hook, Hampshire.
The 18th century Georgian mansion has become a favourite among celebrities with guests including Liv Tyler and Cara and Poppy Delevingne staying there while attending Princess Eugenie’s wedding in nearby Windsor in October, and Liv sharing a snap of guests collapsed in one of the suites.
The expectant couple booked out the most expensive apartment, which for £10,000-a-night boasts its own dining room and private terraces.
But they eschewed the two in-house restaurants run by Michelin-starred Vogue food editor and restaurateur, Skye Gyngell, instead choosing to eat alone in their room and going for walks through the 400 acres of surrounding countryside in their wellies.
Owned by Hong Kong-born American ‘invisible billionaire’ Gerald Chan, Heckfield Place also boasts its own Bodyism fitness studio, with a range of classes on offer – ideal for yoga lover Meghan.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went on a three-night £33,000 ‘babymoon’ at a Hampshire hotel favoured by celebrities
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are set to welcome their new baby in just a few weeks, stayed at Heckfield Place hotel (pictured) which is situated in 400 acres of countryside
The pair reportedly booked out the most expensive apartment in the hotel, pictured, the Long Room – which costs £10,000-a-night
Prince Harry last night joined his brother the Duke of Cambridge, Sir David Attenborough, and his father the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex for the global premiere of Netflix’s ‘Our Planet’ at the Natural History Museum in Kensington
The pair have moved into Frogmore Cottage after workers have spent months renovating the property.
Meghan, 37, is set to give birth towards the end of this month and will enjoy a slower pace of life away from cameras in their new home in the countryside.
A friend told the Sun: ‘Meghan is only a couple of weeks away from giving birth, so Harry really wanted to treat her.’
The cheapest room in the hotel costs £300-a-night, while the most expensive – the Long Room – is £10,000.
They were joined by three protection officers who also stayed at the hotel, which took six years to finish.
The news comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially moved into their new home in Windsor in time for the arrival of the newest Royal.
Last month, it was announced that as well as moving from London to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate to the west of the capital, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be hiring an entirely new communications staff.
The bolthole of the stars: Heckfield Place Hotel
In 1794, Jane Austen’s mother wrote a poem about her daughter not being invited to a dinner given by the Lefevre family at Heckfield Place, an 18th Century Georgian manor house.
Rooms at the countryside retreat start at £350, working upwards to £10,000-a-night.
The 480-acre estate in the Hampshire countryside has 45 rooms and suites, two lakes, and its own arboretum and staff are dressed as if on the set of a period drama, with billowing skirts, waistcoats and frilly necklines.
An entire farm has been created to supply Heckfield, including an orchard with more than 400 fruit trees. The manager of the organic farm even shampoos its pigs in tea tree. All the food – under the guidance of Skye Gyngell – is homemade, from the mustard to the butter.
Hong Kong-born American billionaire Gerald Chan (co-founder of a private equity group) planned to relaunch Heckfield Place after a loving renovation in 2012, but wasn’t satisfied with the finished product.
In October 2018, it finally came to life, with one glossy mag suggesting it could be the ‘most exciting country house hotel to have opened in the past 21 years’.
Chan, who is based in Boston, was dubbed the ‘invisible billionaire’ by the Boston Globe because of his low profile.
The 63-year-old has four university degrees, is on the Forbes billionaire list, and gifted Harvard University some $350 million. As a thank you, Harvard renamed its public health school after Chan’s late father.
The pair were joined by three protection officers who also stayed at the hotel, which took six years to finish
The room comes with two private terraces (pictured, one of the terraces). Recent guests at the Georgian mansion include Liv Tyler and Cara and Poppy Delevingne
It also comes with its own dining room, which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to eat in instead of the two restaurants run by foodie favourite Skye Gyngell inside the hotel
A friend told the Sun: ‘Meghan is only a couple of weeks away from giving birth, so Harry really wanted to treat her.’ Pictured: the gardens
The outspoken Duke – who earlier this week slammed social media – spoke to guests at the launch of the new Netflix series Our Planet last night
The Duke of Sussex, the Duke of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales, and Sir David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum yesterday evening
It has also been rumoured that Meghan will shun the Lindo Wing, breaking four years of Royal tradition and opting for a private maternity unit near Windsor.
Last month it was revealed that the couple had also spent a whopping £50,000 on a soundproofing unit for their new home in order to block out the noise from Heathrow jets.
The couple have reportedly spent a record £3million renovating their Grade II listed Frogmore Cottage which is situated in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The soundproofing measures are thought to include triple glazed windows, which will be handy in blocking out sounds from the 14 flights that pass within a mile of the house every thirty minutes.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were gifted Frogmore Cottage by the Queen and the building work will be covered by the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant.
However, it is expected that Harry and Meghan will pay for the sound proofing out of their own pocket.
Heckfield Place also boasts its own private cinema (pictured), featuring luxurious leather armchairs for guests to kick back in
Guests can unwind with a cocktail in the hotel’s Moon Bar, which features stylish decor, as well as its very own disco ball
With the arrival of the Royal baby being imminent, speculation is now rife as to what school the child with attend.
Both Harry and William were educated at Eton College, the £40,000 a year boarding school just a stone’s throw from Frogmore Cottage in the Windsor Estate, where Harry and Meghan have just moved in.
Many parents put their son’s name down for Eton College as soon as they are born.
But it was reported in February the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are considering sending their new child to an American school in Egham, Surrey.
The royal couple are contemplating sending their child to an international school called the American Community School (ACS) in Egham according to The Sunday Times.
The school has annual fees of £25,360 and offers students the chance to take a US high school diploma and is located just four miles from Frogmore Cottage.
The news comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially moved into their new home in Windsor, pictured, in time for the arrival of the newest Royal