Pampered at perfect location
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.