Prince Harry and Meghan are back from their honeymoon – did they stay at this luxe Irish castle?

By Meaghan Wray

Despite leading the busiest of royal lives, newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been finding time for themselves outside of the spotlight. They jetted off on their honeymoon a few weeks after saying “I do” at Windsor Castle , and royal watchers have tried to place them everywhere from Harry’s beloved Botswana to a Canadian lodge in Jasper, Alberta. Now, it’s believed that the two spent time at Ireland’s Ashford Castle.

Some eagle-eyed fans clued into their whereabouts when it was discovered that the stunning castle, nestled in the Emerald Isle, was under strict security. One such fan took to their Fabulous Four Updates account, writing: “Harry and Meghan are rumoured to be at Ashford Castle in Mayo, Ireland! I have family living near the castle and they’ve told me that security is tight with the castle and grounds closed to all, which is unusual.” Another person tweeted, “The first time I go to ashford castle and we couldn’t get into the actual castle and around to because the ROYALS are within…” [sic]

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With the stunning landscape of Mayo, Ireland as its backdrop, Ashford is a 13th century medieval castle with Victorian extensions that has transformed into a luxurious five-star hotel. Previously owned by the Guinness family, who bought it back in 1852, the estate was sold nearly 90 years later to Noel Huggard, who reopened the property as a hotel. Seeing films like John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara's The Quiet Man filmed there, as well as the CW drama Reign, the lavish grounds have definitely had some excitement through the years! Now, members of the public – and royals! – can expect to spend upwards of $5,000 to spend a night at the beautiful historic location.

While details of their romantic getaway are unconfirmed, one thing is for sure: the lovebirds are back in London, gearing up for more royal outings, like the upcoming Trooping the Colour ceremony on Saturday (June 9) in celebration of the Queen’s recent birthday. Prince Harry was the guest of honour at the glitzy OnSide Youth Zones gala dinner on Thursday (June 7), where host David Walliams gave guests the giggles by introducing the 33-year-old, who looked dashing back in a tux, as a newly married man. His most eye-catching accessory? His wedding band, crafted by Cleave and Company!

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