Updated: 22/05/18 : 05:57:12
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Harry and Meghan for Dublin visit next month

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to make a surprise “mini-moon” to Ireland, it has been claimed by those close to the newlyweds.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to make a flying visit to Ireland in July, staying for a single night before carrying on with the rest of their honeymoon further afield.

The pair have delayed their honeymoon to attend a Buckingham Palace garden party marking Prince Charles’ 70th birthday taking place tomorrow, with other events also in store in the coming weeks.

But once the formalities of the early stages of married life is out of the way, Meghan and Harry will be flying to Ireland for what is being described as a one-night mini-moon.

It will mark Prince Harry’s first visit to Ireland, while Meghan has visited the country on at least one occasion. She travelled to Ireland in 2014 as part of her role as a One Young World ambassador.

A source close to the pair said a trip to Ireland is in the Royal Family diary.

They said: “Harry and Meghan are set to fly into Dublin for a one-night stay in July.”

It comes after it was revealed Prince Charles will also visit Ireland this summer.

The Prince of Wales will travel to County Kerry and Cork with the Duchess of Cornwall next month, with senior Irish police officials already preparing for the event.


He will arrive on June 14 for a three-day visit during which he is expected to retrace the footsteps of his great-great-great- grandmother, Queen Victoria, who visited the town of Killarney in 1861.

Prince Charles has, by Royal Family standards, been a regular visitor to Ireland in recent years. He also visited Dublin in 2017 and Sligo in 2015.

The visit to Mullaghmore in County Sligo was particularly emotional given it was the town where Charles’ beloved great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed by the IRA in 1979.

Hundreds of local residents lined the streets to pay their respects as Charles and Camilla visited the harbour where Lord Mountbatten died while fishing in a booby-trapped boat.

Charles said the brutal killing helped him understand the “agonies borne” by so many in Ireland during the Troubles.

Prince Charles said: “At the time I could not imagine how we would come to terms with the anguish of such a deep loss since, for me, Lord Mountbatten represented the grandfather I never had.

“So it seemed as if the foundations of all that we held dear in life had been torn apart irreparably.

“Through this dreadful experience, though, I now understand in a profound way the agonies borne by so many others in these islands, of whatever faith, denomination or political tradition.”