The guesswork continues, but North Island is still on top of the list - at least that's what the "Focus" knows to report.
The mystery of the wedding dress has been solved, the one about the honeymoon destination has not yet been solved. The rumour mill is still buzzing. Latest favourite: the noble Seychelles private island North Island.
For weeks the rumour mill was boiling: Where will Prince William and his newly wed wife Princess Catherine honeymoon? Will he abduct her to the South Seas, to a lonely island, as the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria did last summer with her newly wed husband Daniel? Or will he, like his parents, spend the supposedly most beautiful days of his life on the family estate, the Scottish castle Balmoral? But wouldn't tropical temperatures like in the Caribbean be more flattering in view of the rough climate there at the beginning of May? Or Kenya, according to the English media, that's what Prince William's suggestion is supposed to have been. After all, he has had good experiences in the African country: There he fell on his knees in front of Kate and put the engagement ring of his mother Diana on her finger.
As possible targets, the domestic Scilly Islands in the Channel or the distant Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia, also rustled through the press again and again. The speculations were fuelled by the iron secrecy of the royal court spokesmen. Even after the yes-word on Friday, there is no official statement yet.
At the same time, a statement by Farhad Vladi, an island broker mainly active in Hamburg, is causing a stir - and new speculation. In the current issue of the "Hamburger Abendblatt", probably the most famous island broker in the world declared: "Yes, we have rented the island to the British royal family, but you will understand that we cannot give any further details about it" The talk is of North Island, a 2.5 square kilometre Seychelles island that functions exclusively as a 5-star resort.
this statement alone was enough to make the posh hotels an immediate favourite (after all, there are even less tangible clues about all the other potential destinations for the royal honeymoon). what speaks for north island is the absolute seclusion of the island - after weeks of hype and enormous public attention, the two bridal couples certainly have a need for it. and here they can certainly switch off well. in the past, quite a few celebrities have already appreciated this tranquillity. this can also be easily guaranteed. simply because of the manageable size of the island, which doesn't even have a runway. you can only get there by helicopter or boat. the next island is kilometres away.
there are no locals living there either. the whole island is an ecologically oriented private resort belonging to the south african wilderness safari group. south africa and seychelles - both members of the commonwealth. which would underline the bond to the british crown - another plus argument therefore. furthermore, the beckhams, who at least william got closer to through the joint efforts to award the european football championship to england, and who were also present at the wedding ceremony, celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary here. maybe there was a recommendation among acquaintances?
50 000 Euro - per night
However, it has certainly been mentioned that the stay in paradise has its price. those who rent the resort, ergo the island, for themselves and a maximum of 21 guests exclusively, have to expect a tidy sum. at Vladi Private Islands, the price is stated as 50 000 euros. per night.
this is also the big counter-argument. there has been much talk about the fact that in times of the british recession, royalty should send out a signal of thriftiness. the honeymoon destination could have a signal effect in this respect. if the choice were to go to a national destination on top of that, all the better. these two arguments - thriftiness and commitment to one's own country - would not only not be fulfilled with north island, but would symbolize the exact opposite: a sinful holiday in the tropics, about 10,000 kilometres from london.
On the other hand, the Vladi Island page at North Island also says: "Special offers possible" and thanks to the rumour mill alone, the PR value alone should certainly justify such a special offer.