WEDNESDAY, MAY 4: Bermuda has emerged as the front runner for honeymoon couple Prince William and Kate Middleton, according to Britain’s influential Independent newspaper.
The honeymoon destination of the newly wed Royal couple has been the subject of intense speculation in the UK media.
But The Independent’s Simon Calder wrote: “The strongest contender is an archipelago that is often confused with the Bahamas and Barbados — Bermuda, 1,000 miles north of the West Indies.
“It is a dream destination from several perspectives.
“As one of Britain’s few remaining Overseas Territories, security can be assured. According to the Bermuda Weather Service, travellers in the first half of May can expect long, sunny days with average highs of 24C, with an average of less than one inch of rain.
“And, crucially, it is difficult for the media to reach — with BA’s daily flight from Gatwick the only link from Europe.”
The news came after Governor Richard Gozney told guests at a Government House party to celebrate the Royal Wedding on Friday that he would be making noises in London to push for a visit by the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Touch of class
Mr Calder also predicted that the lucky destination would also receive a major shot in the arm for its tourism business “from commoners seeking a touch of class”.
The couple enjoyed a weekend break at a secret location in the UK.
Prince William will return to work before the couple leaves on an undisclosed date for their delayed honeymoon.
The article said that an island off the coast of Queensland, Australia, a Kenyan safari and Jordan in the Middle East, a long-time UK ally, had all been touted as possibilities.
But it said that the couple, reflecting the global economic crisis, would fly using the UK flag carrier airline British Airways rather than a plane from the Queen’s Flight, ruling out Australia, which would also mean aircraft changes in Dubai, Hong Kong or Singapore, adding to the security headache.
Similarly, terrorist attacks in both Nairobi and Mombasa would rule out Kenya, while Jordan’s proximity to unstable countries such as Syria makes it an unlikely choice.
Italian islands could be considered, according to Calder, but the likely level of media intrusion is unlikely to make the Mediterranean a possibility.
The article said that an island destination was most likely — with the UK’s PR agenda insisting that the couple do not go to destination outside the Commonwealth or Overseas Territories.
And it added that, given that Prince William will go straight back to helicopter flying duties with the RAF, a destination likely to cause jet lag would not be considered.
Canada — a Commonwealth country only a few hours from Britain — is understood to be off the list because it will be the destination for the couple’s first official tour in two months’ time.
Prince William’s parents, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, spent three weeks cruising the Mediterranean on the Royal Yacht Britannia, since sold off as a tourist attraction as part of a cost-cutting drive.
They also spent time at the Royals’ Scottish retreat of Balmoral.