Prince Harry and his fiance Meghan Markle walk following the traditional Christmas Day church service, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England
Prince Harry and his fiance Meghan Markle walk following the traditional Christmas Day church service, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England

Meghan and Harry’s secret getaway

THEY'RE on the move.

Prince Harry has reportedly whisked his royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle off to the French Rivieria.

According to the Mail Online, sources said the couple spent New Year's on a plane seated in economy as they jetted off to the romantic holiday destination.

The sources also said they were seated next to the toilets on a British Airways flight to Nice.

They boarded the 9.55am flight before other passengers and headed for the back of the plane.

Sources also report that they had a whole row of three seats to themselves and were flanked by bodyguards.

Markle, 36, reportedly sat next to him with a black beanie hat on.

According to the Mail Online, a passenger said the plane took off early, saving them 20 minutes in the air.

When they landed, they reportedly went through the VIP area and were met by armed officers from the border police in France.

According to the Mail Online, other sources said members of the France's elite Service de la Protection - the unit that keeps foreign dignitaries safe - will watch over the couple while they're away.

It appears that Harry is following in the footsteps of his mother, the late Lady Diana Spencer, who travelled to the French Riveria with her lover, Dodi al-Fayed.

Diana and Dodi spent time in St Tropez in the summer of 1997 shortly before they were both killed in a car crash.

Prince Harry and his brother Prince William have just marked the 20-year anniversary of the death of their mother.

He and Meghan are expected to be staying in a private home in the region, not a hotel.

The French Riviera features glamorous beach resorts such as Saint-Tropez and Cannes, and the independent microstate of Monaco. Today, the weather is expected to be sunny with a top of 17C and low of 11C.

Beach with white sun beds and parasols on the French Mediterranean coast, the Cote d'Azur, south of France. Picture: Supplied
Beach with white sun beds and parasols on the French Mediterranean coast, the Cote d'Azur, south of France. Picture: Supplied

It's not the first time that a royal has decided to take a commercial flight in economy.

Prince William ditched first class on a flight from New York to Washington DC, after he met former US President Obama at the White House.

The news of their getaway comes after Markle broke royal protocol after she stepped out with the rest of the Royal Family for their traditional Christmas morning church service at Sandringham late last year.

Her family members then came out attacking Prince Harry's claims that his family "are the family she never had".

Markle's half sister, Samantha Grant, and her half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr, both publicly denied the claim, saying Meghan had a good upbringing.

Grant reacted angrily to Harry's comments and said her loved ones "always" supported her growing up but she was "too busy" for them.

Markle's half-brother Thomas Markle Jr said her father would have been "extremely hurt" by the comments Harry made.

The actress and Prince Harry plan to marry at Windsor Castle in May.


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