Meghan Markle may spend the night before her wedding at Windsor Castle

By Ainhoa Barcelona

In keeping with royal tradition, Meghan Markle isn't likely to stray far from her wedding venue – St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle – the night before she marries her fiancé Prince Harry. The couple are also believed to be spending the night apart, possibly choosing to sleep in the castle's private apartments. Staying close to the venue would be a practical choice for steadying any pre-wedding jitters and sorting out last-minute preparations.

The last royal wedding to take place at St George's was Peter Phillips' nuptials to his wife Autumn. Back then in 2008, the bride chose to stay at Windsor before her wedding. Similarly, for ease, Kate stayed at The Goring Hotel in Belgravia before her wedding to Prince William in 2011. The hotel was a quick ten-minute drive to her venue, Westminster Abbey. Windsor also has a special place in the royal family's heart; it is the Queen's preferred weekend home, and the Grade 1-listed castle boasts plenty of luxury bedrooms for Meghan and her family and friends to choose from.


Royal Windsor Castle during the day
Meghan could stay at Windsor Castle before her wedding

The former Suits actress, 36, may also choose to stay at Frogmore House. The 17th-century English country house, just half a mile south of Windsor Castle, is clearly a special place to Meghan; she and Harry had their official engagement photos taken there. The stunning white house is currently uninhabited, but is often used by the royal family for private and official events.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's official wedding engagement photo
The couple chose to have their engagement photos taken at Frogmore House

Another nearby option is the Royal Lodge located in Windsor Great Park. It was the Queen Mother's home until her death in 2002, and in 1999, Sophie Wessex and her family spent the night there before her wedding to Prince Edward. However, the Royal Lodge may be vetoed for Meghan this year. Prince Andrew has lived there since 2004 and he will likely offer his home to his daughter Princess Eugenie first, who is also marrying at Windsor in the autumn.

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