Roughing It, Royally

How Britain’s William and Harry see the world.

From palaces and princely hotels to oil-magnate mansions and mega-yachts, members of the British royal family stay anywhere they please. But how do they prefer to experience the great outdoors? You might be surprised to find out just how down-to-earth Princes William and Harry really are — or you may be surprised by just how luxe some rustic accommodations can be.

Botswana, be still my heart.

For recently engaged Harry, one African country has become somewhat of a second home. In fact, he was eager to show his new fiancé, Meghan Markle, around shortly after they first met. He told one interviewer, “It was I think about three, maybe four, weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana. We camped out with each other under the stars.” They returned when it was time to celebrate her 36th birthday.

As a patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana, the prince will likely continue to return again and again. Among his favorite spots to rest his head is a luxurious glamping-style bush camp between the Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Meno a Kwena, as it’s called, means, “teeth of the crocodile,” and it’s the ultimate place to watch wildlife, perched above a bend in the Boteti River.

Uluru. But we call it “Heir’s” Rock.

The second-in-line to the throne is no stranger to glamping’s charms, either. Prince William and wife Kate Middleton journeyed to the heart of Australia in 2014 and enjoyed a night of posh camping at Longitude 131, part of the GLAMPING.COM collection. From their accommodations, they could see Uluru (aka Ayres Rock), as well as Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Not only did they enjoy incredible views of the outback, they also watched an aboriginal dance performance and had a photo taken in the same spot where, decades earlier, Prince Charles and Princess Diana were photographed. It was a memorable tribute to his late mother and one of the highlights of the couple’s trip down under.

 

 

Credit: EveningStandard, People

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