Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were preparing to fly home from Rome this afternoon after a two-day trip laced with luxury for Misha Nonoo’s star-studded wedding.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were forced to skip the newlywed fashion designer’s extravagant post-nuptials party tonight because they are jetting to South Africa tomorrow.
The Royal couple were zipped through the streets of the Italian capital in a slick blacked-out-windows Mercedes from the £1,200-a-night hotel where they had been staying to the airport.
Meghan left the car with a camel-coloured coat slung over her shoulder before being hurried into the Leonardo Da Vinci airport where they were set to board a private jet back to the UK.
They are expected to collect their son, Archie, before taking to the skies again tomorrow evening ahead of their tour of Africa.
Meghan left the car with a camel-coloured coat slung over her shoulder before being hurried into the Leonardo Da Vinci airport where they will board a private jet back to the UK.
The Royal couple were zipped through the streets of the Italian capital in a slick blacked-out-windows Mercedes from the £1,200-a-night hotel where they had been staying to the airport
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were holed up in the exclusive Hotel Vilon, a stone’s throw from some Italy’s most famous landmarks including the Spanish steps and Trevi fountain.
They were guests of honour at an intimate pre-wedding lunch hosted by Meghan’s best friend Misha and her husband-to-be, ahead of the spectacular ceremony.
Fashion designer Misha and oil tycoon Mikey Hess invited a ‘small lunch’ for her ‘closest friends’ – including the Sussexes – at the CineCitta film studios where the married couple are hosting a star-studded Gala dinner this evening.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, wearing black as they arrive for fashion designer Misha Nonoo’s wedding to oil tycoon Michael ‘Mikey’ Hess at the stunning Villa Aurelia in Rome
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have holed up in the exclusive Hotel Vilon, a £1,200-a-night luxury hotel during their trip to Rome
The plush hotel bar area of the hotel where the Sussexes have been staying during their trip to Rome. Locals have revealed to MailOnline how hotel’s narrow street in the heart of Roman’s historical centre has become clogged with plain-clothed policemen
A quaint outdoors dining area is one of the many features enjoyed by guests at the exclusive Hotel Vilon, which has seen limousines with blacked-out windows since the wedding
Does Meghan and Harry’s holiday bedroom look like this? A view of one of the guest rooms shows a large bedroom decorated with numerous paintings
Meghan and Harry are believed to have spent their two-night stay in the Borghese Suite of the boutique hotel (exterior pictured) – which has been completely booked out for the duration of the three-day wedding celebrations
Rome daily newspaper Il Messagaro reported: ‘A few hours before the wedding Misha hosted a small lunch for her and Michael’s closest friends at the CineCitta film studios where they will hold a starlight dinner this evening.’
Meanwhile details of the boutique bolt-hole where the royal couple have being enjoying their Roman holiday have emerged.
Locals have revealed to MailOnline how hotel’s narrow street in the heart of Roman’s historical centre has become clogged with plain-clothed policemen, limousines with blacked-out windows and paparazzi photographers on high-powered scooters since Thursday – the day of the royals’ arrival.
A road-sweeper said he had even got a glance of Prince Harry.
Council worker Antonio Tutti told MailOnline: ‘I saw your Prince Harry come out of the hotel yesterday when I was tidying after the market. But I only saw the top of his wife’s head. They were getting into a limousine.
‘This place has been crawling with cops the past three days. I was starting to wonder who was staying at the hotel.’
Market trader Simona Magliocco added: ‘There have been plain-clothes police outside the hotel for days. They have been standing around trying not to act suspicious but we all know what’s going on – there are celebrities staying at the hotel.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile as they arrive for the sunset wedding ceremony. Meghan wore gold earrings paired with a black evening gown, with a sheer top
The royal couple are believed to have checked in to the Hotel Vilon late on Thursday evening and are expected to return to London today
Prince Harry steps out of his car surrounded by guards as a local takes pictures with his iPhone outside the Villa Aurelia in the heart of Rome
Misha Nonoo, wearing a minimal white dress, smiles alongside Princess Eugenie, wearing a black gown, as they arrive for the wedding ceremony in Rome
‘But it was only yesterday that I found out it was Meghan and your Prince Harry. I think she’s really nice,’ Miss Magliocco added, as she cleaned and prepared bunches of rocket salad for her family fruit and veg stall
Meghan and Harry are believed to have spent their two-night stay in the Borghese Suite of the boutique hotel – which has been completely booked out for the duration of the three-day wedding celebrations.
The second-floor suite features a king-size bed, and private sitting room furnished with Art Deco furniture.
They had the run of a 23-square metre marble bathroom, equipped with a walk-in double rain shower, double sink and free-standing bath.
Two large windows lead from the master bedroom to a furnished 13-square metre private terrace with a view of secret gardens below.
The royal couple are believed to have checked in to the Hotel Vilon late on Thursday evening and are expected to return to London today (Saturday).
The Duke of Sussex points towards something as he talks with Meghan ahead of the wedding in Rome (left, and right entering the villa)
The Hotel Vilon provides breathtaking views over the Italian capital, which is the location of Misha Nonoo’s spectacular wedding ceremony
The Hotel Vilon boasts stylish furniture and artwork. The second-floor suite the Sussexes were staying in features a king-size bed, and private sitting room furnished with Art Deco furniture
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