Pam­pered at per­fect lo­ca­tion

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - One Day To Go Wedding Of The Decade - FIONA WINGETT

MEGHAN Markle’s last night as a com­moner will be spent in­side the sand­stone walls of Clive­den, an es­tate made fa­mous by one of the 20th cen­tury’s great po­lit­i­cal scan­dals.

It was at Clive­den’s swim­ming pool in 1961 that cab­i­net min­is­ter John Pro­fumo met call girl Chris­tine Keeler and be­gan the af­fair that shook the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment.

Be­set by her own fam­ily brouhaha this week, Clive­den will be the per­fect re­treat for a girl about to marry a prince of Eng­land — and well away from pry­ing eyes.

There she will be truly pam­pered. Staff are the ul­ti­mate in quiet, un­der­stated Bri­tish po­lite­ness. Dis­cre­tion is their mantra — and prob­a­bly why Clive­den was cho­sen by the wed­ding plan­ners.

I have stayed there sev­eral times, in sump­tu­ous suites with crisp linens and flo­ral and chintzy soft fur­nish­ings, on mat­tresses that could have been crafted from clouds.

The house it­self is filled with clas­sic art­works, an­tiques and suits of ar­mour.

But for Meghan a huge draw will the im­mac­u­late white beauty spa, set next to the out­door pool and hot tub and in­side an an­cient walled gar­den, of which the walls are adorned by climb­ing plants.

There she can lose her­self in a mas­sage and try to re­lax be­fore the big­gest day of her life when she marries her Prince.

She has picked the per­fect spot for it.

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