Prince Harry Invited to ‘Honeymoon’ in Antigua if He Marries Meghan Markle

Prince Harry endured perhaps the most awkward speech ever given in his honor when he was invited to spend his “honeymoon” in Antigua if he marries his girlfriend Meghan Markle.

Gaston Browne, Antigua’s prime minister, told the Prince: “I believe we are expecting a new princess soon,” as he addressed him at a VIP reception on the island.

The Prince appeared to blush and fiddled with his shirt to avoid eye contact as Mr. Browne warmed to his theme and dropped another diplomatic clanger.

Prince Harry Visits The Caribbean - Day 2
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Prince Harry Visits The Caribbean - Day 2
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Prince Harry Visits The Caribbean - Day 2
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At the event on Monday night, Mr. Browne was keen to stress the honeymoon credentials of his country.

He said: “I am told that there may be a princess and I just want to say that should you make the decision to honeymoon – then Antigua and Barbuda want to welcome you.”

Prince Harry Visits The Caribbean - Day 2
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Prince Harry Visits The Caribbean - Day 2
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“We have been voted consistently as the best honeymoon destination in the Caribbean – and one of the best in the world – so there will be nowhere in the world as special to spend your honeymoon, when that day arrives.”

However, Mr. Browne went on to say “whatever is done here, stays here. So do not worry,” before introducing Prince Harry to a group of beauty queens.

The reigning Miss Antigua and Barbuda, Leanda Ann Norville, later said that “everyone at this party” wanted to be his princess, adding, “his girlfriend seems a nice lady, but I would be a good girlfriend for him.”

Prince Harry Visits The Caribbean - Day 2
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Prince Harry Visits The Caribbean - Day 2
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Prince Harry Visits The Caribbean - Day 2
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Speaking to the press, Mr. Browne said he thought the pair made a “very good looking couple”, and hoped they would come to his country “for some quiet time very soon.”

Harry is currently in the midst of a visit to the Caribbean.