LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)


Meghan and Harry's Dublin mini-moon: A two-day itinerary for a royal couple's capital trip

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly planning a two-day trip to Dublin this summer. Katie Byrne draws up an itinerary for the newlyweds

We quivered when he lifted her veil. We swooned when they kissed on the chapel steps. We pored over every tiny detail that emerged from their wedding reception.

We feel like we know Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after attending the royal wedding from the comfort of our couches. Now we may be getting the chance to see the newlyweds in the flesh.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they are now known, have reportedly planned a mini-moon in Ireland this summer. The couple will spend a night in Dublin in July before travelling further afield.


It's a smart move: a little like dropping a slice of wedding cake into the next-door neighbours that didn't get an invite to your nuptials - just to keep them sweet.

And besides, Harry and Meghan know that us Irish are sweet on them. This is a chance for them to seize momentum, strengthen Anglo-Irish relations and roadtest the ultimate Brexit diversion.

Harry has never visited Dublin before. The well-travelled Prince has been to Belize, Brazil and Botswana but has yet to discover the slightly-less-exotic climes of Booterstown and Bluebell.

This won't be his first visit to the Emerald Isle, though. He and his then-fiancée made a whistle-stop trip to Belfast back in March. They ate stew, drank Guinness and surprised 2,000 schoolchildren with an unannounced visit.

Perhaps the Northern Irish trip gave Harry a grá for the Emerald Isle, or perhaps Meghan is eager to get back to the capital and her Irish roots. (The actress claims Irish ancestry, of course.)

Meghan was in Dublin in 2013 to speak to Trinity College Dublin's philosophical society and to collect the Bram Stoker entertainment award.

She also paid a visit to the Guinness Storehouse where she learned how to pour a pint with Xposé's Lisa Cannon before doing a meet-and-greet in Dublin nightclub Dicey's that night. Apparently she was promoting their €2 drinks deal.

The actress had more serious business to attend to when she visited Dublin the following year for the One Young World summit. Her involvement with the youth leadership forum brought her to conferences around the world and introduced her to plenty of A-listers and international dignitaries, including Ali Hewson, who she met during the Dublin summit, and former Irish president Mary Robinson, who she met during the Ottawa summit in 2016.

These aren't the Duchess of Sussex's only Irish friends. She's also pals with golfer Rory McIlroy and hotelier John Fitzpatrick, who'll no doubt be getting their little black books out to give the couple some suggestions for their mini-moon itinerary.

Accommodation is the first consideration. Meghan and Harry seem like the type of couple who would happily place a do-not-disturb sign on a room in The Dean, before watching The Crown on Netflix for the better part of the weekend.

Alas, a dirty weekend is unlikely for these two love birds. They'll probably check into the €7,500-a-night, 1,530sqft Princess Grace suite in The Shelbourne - although it's unlikely that they'll spend much time in it. There will be a strict itinerary to follow, and no time to spare. The Queen also visited the Guinness Storehouse during her official visit in 2011, so these two will probably skip the obligatory tourist trail visit to the home of the black stuff.

The former lifestyle blogger and her husband, the reformed lunatic, might choose to check out the Jameson Distillery instead. And after a couple of whiskies, they might just be in the mood for mischief.

Luckily, Ed Sheeran's favourite bar, Hacienda, is nearby. They'll have to press the buzzer to get inside this word-of-mouth establishment, but once they get the nod, they'll enjoy the privacy that this pub offers. Who knows - Harry might even feel safe enough to re-enact his famous Vegas nudey dance.

They'll be hungry at this point. Harry has made no secret of his love for fried chicken. Meghan, on the other hand, likes to eat clean. They'll probably reach a compromise and book a table at Fade Street Social, where Meghan has eaten before.

However, they ought to make a pit-stop at Harry's on the Green for preprandial cocktails and some silly selfies beside the signage.

It's a shame the couple won't be here for Forbidden Fruit. Their friend Idris Elba is DJing and could have got them guestlist. If they want to go dancing, they'll likely head towards Dicey's Garden on Harcourt Street. Meghan knows the bouncers.

They'll be nursing hangovers the next day. Meghan likes to have an açaí bowl for breakfast so she'll more than likely head to Eathos on Baggot Street which has a menu especially designed for clean-eaters. Harry can wait for her in the Burger King across the road.

They'll probably want to get some exercise in too. They could work out in David Lloyd Leisure in Clonskeagh like Mel Gibson did when he paid us a visit, or they could go cycling in Phoenix Park like Beyoncé.

Otherwise, they might check out OSLO Health - the Pilates and yoga studio co-owned by our own Duchess, Amy Huberman.

Afterwards, they could meet the Queen of Ireland, Panti Bliss, for a tour of Capel Street and lunch in Brother Hubbard. With seasonal, locally-sourced food on the menu, it ticks all of Meghan's boxes.

Dessert would have to be Camerino's award-winning chocolate raspberry cheesecake brownies - the couple's wedding cake designer Claire Ptak would no doubt give this Dublin bakery the royal seal of approval.

We crowned the Queen's visit here in 2011 with a gala concert that included performances from The Chieftains, Westlife and Mary Byrne, as well as a fashion show that featured both British and Irish designers.

Harry and Meghan's visit will be different. She'll be providing us with a fashion show of Philip Treacy and Aquazzura and, with a bit of luck and a lot of Guinness, Harry might give us one of his performances.