Whispers from the resort tells that Royal aides have already carried out a recce to check out any potential security issues.Harry will be delighted to learn that the security team even checked out one of Verbier’s top nightclubs, Casbah, for him.
Now, anticipation in the resort is building.
Switzerland, run one of the world’s premier on- and off-trail ski resorts in the Bagnes Valley
The citizens of Verbier, Switzerland, are a tightly-knit group of some 2700 souls who run one of the world’s premier on- and off-trail ski resorts in the Bagnes Valley, some of whose peaks carry snow year-round. Thanks to this geophysical and climatic gift, and to a luxe, super-discreet slo-mo makeover of select properties over the last decade, Verbier’s population soars to 35,000 in the winter season.
The Lodge, with nine bedrooms and a staff of fifteen, will be renting for $151,000 for the week
Among the influx is a significant portion of the ski- and non-ski global elite. Chalets in Verbier can be quite pricey. For instance, next week, Sir Richard Branson’s chalet, The Lodge, with nine bedrooms and a staff of fifteen, will be renting for $151,000 for the week.
Harry & Meghan could stay in the Duchess of York’s Verbier chalet
They could stay in the Duchess of York’s Verbier chalet. Actress Meghan, 35, who lives in Canada, is certainly used to the cold, but she is better known for her love of beachside yoga than snow sports.
The slopes are a favourite venue for Royal romancing
The slopes are a favourite venue for Royal romancing. Prince William famously wooed the young Kate Middleton during ski trips to Klosters before they married. Last year he accompanied her on a family trip to Courchevel in the French Alps.
Andrew and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson
As Prince Andrew and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, were looking for a ski investment in 2015 that they settled on a tidy $17-million pile in Verbier.
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle received ski training in their childhood
Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, 32, and his paramour, Suits actress Meghan Markle, 35. No word yet on whether Ms. Markle – in a California childhood – received ski training, but that would be a small matter easily solved in Verbier.
Ms. Markle is currently undergoing a ‘soft opening’ in Windsor family circles
In close consultation with Prince Harry and the Kensington Palace courtiers who help pace such delicate matters, Ms. Markle is currently undergoing what we might call a ‘soft opening’ in Windsor family circles and beyond.
Ms. Markle be introduced around to the friends
While it’s not clear that this Verbier jaunt is the one on which she’ll be introduced around to the friends, it doesn’t really matter. It will happen at some point.
Harry has been made clear from the increasing velocity and frequency
The main joust Harry has been made clear from the increasing velocity and frequency of the last few months’ commute to – well, it is England, and it’s the Royal Family, so let’s use the saccharine chivalric mode – his lady love.
Harry did the pre-Xmas official Palace trip to the Caribbean
Harry did the pre-Xmas diversion-to-Toronto from an official Palace trip to the Caribbean, he’s done the super-cute semi-anonymous pre-Xmas tree-buying spree with her in Hyde Park, and he’s done the post-Xmas Northern Lights reindeer-viewing camping sojourn with her in Norway. All just mere weeks apart, all right on schedule to stoke the fires.