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Meghan Markle’s dream Valentine’s Day destination and gift ideas before marrying Harry

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The Duchess of Sussex wrote on her now-deleted blog The Tig how she is “a sucker” for the day of romance. She said she wakes up hoping to be kissed, imagining the scene in a dreamy black in white. When it comes to gifts, she is happy to keep it simple with breakfast in bed or a single flower.

However, she did admit that Paris would be her dream location for Valentine’s Day.

She wrote on her lifestyle blog in 2015: “Hook, line and sinker, I am such a sucker for Valentine’s Day.

“Without fail, every February 14th, I wake up feeling like I’m immersed in a Robert Doisneau photo, waiting with bated breath to be dipped into a kiss.

“This is all happening in black and white, of course.

“And in terms of gifts, be it breakfast in bed, a sweet love note, or a single flower, it really is the thought that counts.”

Meghan added that she would be “in Paris, if I had my way”, although that is looking unlikely for her this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Robert Doisneau was a French photographer, who took pictures on the streets of Paris in the Thirties.

This most famous shot was his 1950 shot entitled Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (The Kiss by the City Hall), which depicted a couple kissing on a busy Parisian street.

He was appointed a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour in 1984 by then-French President François Mitterand.

When Meghan made these comments in 2015 on The Tig, she was dating Cory Vitiello, a Canadian celebrity chef and restaurateur.

However, the pair split in 2016, the same year Meghan met and fell in love with Prince Harry.

The Sussexes have had a monumental year, after announcing their decision to step down as senior royals in January last year, and officially leaving their duties at the end of March.

They moved to the US, bought a mansion in Montecito and signed two lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify.

Last year, on Valentine’s Day, the world knew of their plans to step down, but they had not officially left their positions yet.

At the time, they were staying on Vancouver Island in Canada.

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However, in 2019, on their first Valentine’s Day since tying the knot the spring before, Harry left Meghan alone to embark on a 700-mile journey from Britain to Norway.

The Duke was travelling to meet the Royal Marines training in Arctic conditions in his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines.

This military title is one that he is desperate to hold onto, despite leaving the Royal Family, but it looks sent to be given to another member of the Royal Family.

Greeting him, Marines at Bardufoss decorated a makeshift igloo, called a Quincey shelter, with candles and pictures of the royal wedding in honour of his visit.

Harry’s visit marked the 50th anniversary of the Commando Helicopter Force and Joint Helicopter Command, deployed to the base for extreme cold weather training.

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While Meghan may have been miffed that Harry was leaving her on this special day, she may have been comforted by the fact it was to visit a country close to their hearts.

Royal author Katie Nicholl, in her 2017 biography ‘Harry: Life, Loss and Love’, revealed Harry and Meghan once went on a trip to see the Northern Lights.

She wrote: “Ever since visiting the country as part of his training for his walk to the Arctic, he had vowed to return.”

A friend of the prince told the author: “I was with Harry when the lights for the first time in 2011.

“He promised he’d come back with someone special.”

Another said: “Harry’s friend Inge Solheim, who is from Norway, planned a special few days for them.

“He knew that keeping the trip secret was the priority.”

Meghan and Harry will be enjoying their first Valentine’s Day in California this year, and will no doubt make the best of it, despite lockdown restrictions.

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