Kate Middleton, who spent a few years of her childhood in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan, may now be heading back there – for her honeymoon.
Camping out in the desert and swimming in the Dead Sea would definitely appeal to the sporty, outdoors-loving pair, and they would certainly receive a warm welcome from two of their wedding guests: King Abdullah and Queen Rania.
Palace aides won’t comment on the claim, made in the Sunday Telegraph, saying that the couple’s post-wedding break will be private.
Those close to them tell PEOPLE they’re hoping that wherever the couple end up (and the Seychelles, Mustique and even Corfu in Greece have been mentioned), they will be left alone to enjoy the vacation without intrusion from the media.
The Telegraph says Jordan is the couple’s “preferred option,” and they are “believed” to have booked a special tour of the historic sites in a week-long trip. It also suggests that William, 28, and Kate, 29, will enjoy some time in the U.K., possibly at one of the royal estates such as Balmoral.
Kate lived in Amman, Jordan for nearly three years, beginning in 1984, and she attended nursery school there. When the palace and the Middleton family released a set of family pictures, one showed Kate and her father Michael relaxing on an outing in the country.
Petra and the valley of Wadi Run were also used as locations in the David Lean epic Lawrence of Arabia, and Steven Spielberg used the dramatic landscape of Petra as a backdrop for Indiana Jones.
• Additional reporting by STEPHEN M. SILVERMAN