Newlywed Prince Harry has reportedly instructed his staff to comb Australia for a rural home to share with his new wife, Meghan Markle, ahead of their royal tour. Palace aides say the couple wants to focus on strengthening ties with Commonwealth countries, especially Australia, where they will be heading in October for the Invictus Games.
Woman's Day has been told he'll use the occasion to broker a deal on a rural escape as a wedding gift to Meghan. "Harry wants somewhere out in the bush that's extremely private, within an hour or so of a major airport," reveals the source. "He has a fantasy of finding a little vineyard, because Meghan's talked at length about wanting to learn the process of winemaking."
It's believed Harry and Meghan plan to visit at least twice a year, especially with the renewed push for Australia to become a republic. "The way Harry sees it, Prince William and Kate Middleton can focus on the UK countries, and he and Meghan can carve out a role as the faces of Australia and New Zealand." The source explains, "Buying property would show Aussies they're serious about keeping the relationship strong."
But it's not all business. "Harry (who spent his gap year here as a teenager) wants somewhere he and Meghan can go for a bit of breathing room and just relax in each other's company — and he thinks the Aussie bush is perfect." Here are the royal couple's top 3 contenders:
Option 1: Kangaroo Valley
With its sweeping bush views over the valley and solar panels, this spacious retreat on the New South Wales South Coast is sure to appeal to the eco-conscious newlyweds.
Option 2: Sarabah Estate
An hour from Brisbane in Queensland's Scenic Rim, this extremely private property has its own established vineyard and a basement wine cellar.
Option 3: McCallum
This five-bedroom luxury property in Michelago is a short drive or chopper ride from Canberra. Meghan would love the rustic decor and outdoor fireplace.
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