Prince Harry and Meghan Markle enjoyed a whirlwind romance after meeting each other on a blind date in June 2016, and the couple took the brave step of embarking on an adventurous holiday to Botswana on only their third date.
The young Prince praised Meghan for agreeing to the trip, saying it allowed the fledgeling couple to bond beyond the glare of the prying public and paparazzi.
Commenting on their initial meeting to the BBC, Prince Harry said: “We met once and then twice back-to-back, two dates in London last July, at the beginning of July.
“Then it was, I think about three or maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana.”
Prince Harry described their visit as a back-to-the-wild expedition, with the couple staying in tents “in the middle of nowhere”.
He said: “We camped out with each other under the stars.
“We spent about five days out there which was fantastic.
“We were really by ourselves which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other.”
However, the Royal couple’s Botswana experience may not have been as down-to-earth as the Prince let on.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly visited the Meno A Kwena safari camp in Botswana
The Meno A Kwena safari camp in Botswana features a swimming pool
The camp is located on the Boleti River overlooking the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
According to The Sun, Meghan and Harry stayed at the Meno A Kwena safari camp, a luxury tented camp located on the Boleti River overlooking the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
The camp features nine canvas tents, perched on a 100-foot cliff overlooking the river.
Each tent is equipped with solid wooden beds, fully-equipped ensuite bathrooms and an array of antique furniture.
Tourists staying at the camp can also enjoy a swimming pool and a library in the lounge and dining tent.
Andrew Morton, a Royal expert, noted that the Prince’s visit to Botswana alongside Meghan was not the first time he had taken a love interest to the African nation.
The camp features luxurious tents and ensuite bathrooms
Prince Harry was previously seen in Botswana with his former girlfriend Chelsy Davy
In his book, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, he notes: “Harry made Africa his favourite holiday destination – especially when trying to impress a girlfriend.
“Before Meghan, he had taken TV sports presenter Natalie Pinkham, Zimbabwean-born Chelsy Davy, and actor Cressida Bonas on safari. Botswana was the preferred destination.
“As his biographer Penny Junor observed: ‘Africa is the one place on Earth where Prince Harry can be truly himself.
“He describes Botswana as his second home. He is not a Prince under African skies. He is just Harry’.”
Prince Harry was spotted with former flame Chelsy Davy in Botswana in 2007, and with Cressida Bonas in 2013.