The Duke of Cambridge has whisked the Duchess off to an elegant chalet at Verbier (a high-end ski resort in the Swiss Alps) after six weeks of separation, according to The Daily Mirror, The Daily Mail and other sources.
After returning from his RAF deployment to the Falklands, the mini holiday, according to various sources, is William’s attempt to make up to Kate missing their first Valentine’s day as a married couple.
A source told the Mirror yesterday: “William missed Kate terribly when he was away. They spent Valentine’s Day apart and he has been thinking for some time how to make it up to his wife. He wants a reunion in the most romantic possible fashion. They’ve had some brilliant times skiing, and William decided a getaway in Switzerland, where they can wear goggles and hats and go around unnoticed, would be perfect. Kate was delighted when he eventually told her about his plans and cannot wait for the pair to spend some quality time together.”
The resort has long been a popular royal destination; Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Eugenie have all celebrated birthdays at Verbier. Prince Harry spent New Year’s Eve partying on the slopes, according to The Mail.Peter Phillips has also been spotted in the area.
However, the royal whose name resonates with the destination is “Sarah Ferguson”: “Before marrying Prince Andrew she lived here with Paddy McNally, her motor-racing millionaire lover, and she has been a regular visitor ever since,” reports Ultimate-luxury-community.com. “She is even more heartily entwined with the notorious Farm Club, where a bottle of Moët will set you back £381.”
Verbier is a popular celebrity destination as well— James Blunt and Sir Richard Branson own chalets here— and Ronan Keating, Jamie Oliver, Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino and Kimi Raikkonen have all been spotted enjoying the slopes.