British Royal Family

Prince Harry's wedding gift to Meghan Markle: A home in Australia

With plans to spend more time Down Under, the couple are busy house hunting!

Prince Harry has instructed his staff to comb Australia for a rural retreat to share with his new wife, ahead
of their tour Down Under.

Palace aides say the couple want to focus on strengthening ties with Commonwealth countries, especially Australia, where they will be heading in October for the Invictus Games.

Woman's Day has been exclusively told he'll use the occasion to broker a deal on a rural bolthole, as a wedding gift to Meghan Markle.

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The couple have officially been married for just over a week!
The couple have officially been married for just over a week!

"Harry wants somewhere out in the bush that's extremely private, within an hour or so of a major airport," reveals our source. 


"He has a fantasy of finding a little vineyard, because Meghan's talked at length about wanting to learn the process of winemaking."

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Meghan check out our fancy new Down Under digs!
Meghan check out our fancy new Down Under digs!

It's believed Harry and Meghan plan to visit at least twice a year, especially with the renewed push for Australia to become a republic.

"The way Harry sees it, Prince William and Kate can focus on the UK countries, and he and Meghan can carve out a role as the faces of Australia and New Zealand."

Our source explains, "Buying property would show Aussies they're serious about keeping the relationship strong."

But it's not all business.

"Harry 
[who spent his gap year here as 
a teenager] wants somewhere he and Meghan can go for a bit of breathing room and just relax in each other's company – and he thinks the Aussie bush is perfect."

Let's take a look at the top 3 contenders!

Option 1: Kangaroo Valley

With its sweeping bush views over the valley and solar panels, this spacious retreat on the NSW South Coast is sure to appeal to the eco-conscious newlyweds.

Kangaroo Valley is in regional NSW.
Kangaroo Valley is in regional NSW.
And the potential new home for couple boasts a lavish pool.
And the potential new home for couple boasts a lavish pool.
We bet Meghan will love this kitchen!
We bet Meghan will love this kitchen!
*Pic credit: Domain*
Pic credit: Domain

Option 2: Sarabah Estate

An hour from Brisbane in Queensland's Scenic Rim, this extremely private property has its own established vineyard and a basement wine cellar.

Oh la la!
Oh la la!
We definitely could relax with a Pimms here.
We definitely could relax with a Pimms here.
This is the perfect entertaining space.
This is the perfect entertaining space.
*Pic credit: sothebysrealty.com*
Pic credit: sothebysrealty.com

Option 3: McCallum

This five-bedroom luxury property in Michelago is a short drive or chopper ride from Canberra.

Meghan would love the rustic decor and outdoor fireplace.

We love the rustic farm charm!
We love the rustic farm charm!
Now this is an escape.
Now this is an escape.
What a view.
What a view.
*Pic credit: luxurylist.com.au*
Pic credit: luxurylist.com.au

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