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Here’s a sneak peek inside Prince Harry and Meghan’s secret Turkish getaway


In the biography of Prince Harry and Meghan, “Finding Freedom”, it was revealed the pair “went to, Turkey” for a holiday in 2017.

Prince Harry and Meghan “escaped undetected” to Turkey in 2017.

Staying five nights in a private villa with views over the Yalikavak Bay and surrounding mountains in Bodrum, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoyed a quiet retreat the summer before their much-talked-about wedding. Intrigued? Here’s everything you need to know about Harry and Meghan’s secret getaway. 

Finding Freedom, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, reports that the couple “escaped, completely undetected” to a villa overlooking the Yalikavak Bay on Turkey’s Aegean coast way back in 2017. And it’s easy to see why they chose this Turkish coastal town. 

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A sizzling destination, the dazzlingly azure Aegean Sea was likely a tempting prospect for the pair on a sunny afternoon. In the town itself, it’s reported that Meghan paid a visit to a jewellery store that carried one of her favourite designers, Kismet by Milka. 

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Prince Harry returned to the shop – most likely to be the Fezz of Bodrum store – to purchase a brand new ‘Hamsa’ ring for his then-girlfriend. The book notes that they stayed in a private villa with views over the ocean, and there really is no shortage of exceptional properties in the region.

This area of Turkey is famous for its ample holiday homes, the result of a building boom during the last decade. Many have large pools with mountain and sea views, like this private oasis right in the town, or Villa Prestige, which sits higher up in the hills. 

For those without their own staff, of course, there are plenty of gorgeous hotels too. We love The Bodrum EDITION, which sits just a few kilometres from the Marina and has a stunning infinity pool on the water’s edge and dreamy private daybeds on a pontoon over the ocean. On the other side of town, Allium Villas has equally spectacular views and stunning decor throughout, plus a poolside barbecue and a private beach.

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Aside from a spot of jewellery shopping, we don’t know exactly what the couple got up to on their trip, but we do know they had plenty of options. Beyond the potential for poolside and beachfront lounging, or messing about on the water, Yalikavak sits in a prime position for exploring this southwestern peninsula.

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