Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Ran into Some Trouble on Their Honeymoon

They spent 10 days in the Mediterranean after their 2018 royal wedding.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walking on the beach
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After his and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding on May 19, 2018, Prince Harry wrote in Spare that the newlyweds spent 10 days in the Mediterranean for their honeymoon: “Our honeymoon was a closely guarded secret,” he wrote. “We left London in a car disguised as a removals van, the windows covered with cardboard, and went to the Mediterranean for 10 days. Glorious to be away, on the sea, in the sun.”

Sounds like paradise, but not totally: Harry admitted in the book “But we were also sick. The build-up to the wedding had worn us down.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wear leis while on the beach

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If you’ll remember, there was ample drama surrounding Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, who was originally slated to fly into the U.K. and walk his daughter down the aisle; he ultimately ended up cancelling and Meghan walked herself partway down the aisle, before being joined by her new father-in-law, the then Prince Charles.

According to another passage from Spare, Harry suggests how Meghan might have treated their sickness (depending on what they had)—he mentioned a time when Prince William and Kate Middleton visited him and Meghan when William was ill and wrote “Willy had a cold. He was sneezing and coughing, and Meg ran upstairs to get him some of her homeopathic cure-alls. Oregano oil, turmeric. He seemed charmed, moved, though Kate announced to the table that he’d never take such unconventional remedies.” 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stroll through greenery together

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Per Hello, “Meghan is known to be a fan of alternative medicine for treating ailments, even sharing in an old interview that she is a big fan of Chinese medicine, using it to treat migraines that she had been hospitalized with.”

“I have been a longtime believer in acupuncture,” Meghan told The Chalkboard. “I used to have debilitating migraines—hospitalized for them—and acupuncture and Eastern medicine absolutely changed my life. Migraine-free living is a game-changer.” 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk together in New Zealand

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According to Hello, Meghan reportedly had regular acupuncture sessions prior to the birth of her son, Prince Archie, in May 2019. She also relies on supplements to keep her well, telling The Chalkboard she takes “magnesium, B-12 drops, multivitamin, and sometimes ashwagandha makes it into the mix, too.” Additionally, the Duchess of Sussex always has “tea tree oil, Neurofen, bandaids, yoga balm, and Honest Company’s Organic Healing Balm” in stock, adding of the latter “that stuff is amazing.” 

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.