The Daily Mail reports that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry celebrated the Duchess of Sussex’s 38th birthday at a villa in Ibiza, according to locals. The Vista Alegre resort the couple stayed at with 3-months-old baby Archie costs at minimum $3,700 a week, but soars up to $145,000 a week.
The more expensive option has been rented out by the likes of DJ David Guetta and Sir Elton John, although it’s unclear which villa Meghan and Harry stayed at for six days. The gated complex hosts several sprawling mansions and overlooks the Spanish island’s Porroig Bay.
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Vista Alegre is nicknamed the “billionaire’s playground” for its A-list clientele and high price point. The royal couple took a friend’s private jet to Ibiza, Vanity Fair reported, which has generated some controversy, given the two’s pledged commitment to environmental sustainability.
Locals in Ibiza said that security at the resort was “dialed up” for the Duke and Duchess’ vacation, which began on August 6, and said that several Met Police bodyguards accompanied the family, along with a Spanish protective guard that joined them on Ibiza.
The more expensive villa in the “billionaire’s playground” boasts a 54-yard infinity pool, seven guest suites, two kitchens, and live-in staff. All the properties have private beachfront access, boat moorings, Jacuzzis, and pools for guests to take advantage of.
Days before the vacation details emerged, Prince Harry faced criticism for taking a private jet to a climate change summit at the Google Camp in Sicily, where he warned attendees about the danger of the oncoming climate crisis. The private jet excursion to Ibiza, plus the recent private trip to Nice on Wednesday makes three private flights in eight days, The Daily Mail reports.
Meghan and Harry have expressed their environmentally-conscious plans in the past, including only having two children to reduce their carbon footprint. They have also expressed support for a number of climate action initiatives as part of their charity endorsements.
Vanity Fair reports that the same friend who loaned a private jet for the family to take to Ibiza for Meghan’s birthday also loaned the same jet for her to take to New York City for her baby shower earlier in 2019. While the couple covered the cost of their villa, the security team was funded by public taxpayer money.
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