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The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to visit Ireland on a 'mini-moon'

Speculation is growing that the UK’s new Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, and his American wife and former ‘Suits’ actress, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are planning a ‘mini moon’ in Ireland this summer.

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, kisses his new wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Image: Ben Stanstall/AFP/Getty Images

Having entranced millions around the world with their recent fairytale wedding, the newlyweds haven’t had much time to relax as they pretty much returned to their royal duties straight away, including attending Prince Charles’ 70th birthday party at Buckingham Palace. They are due to go on honeymoon later this summer, with Namibia riding high on the list of potential destinations, but it is believed that they will also spend a day or two in Dublin in July.

For security reasons, royal trips are generally kept quiet until shortly before the event, which is why Meghan and Harry took everyone by surprise when they visited Belfast and Lisburn in Northern Ireland some months ago, without much prior fanfare.

Harry, Duke of Sussex. and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage. Image: Aaron Chown – WPA Pool/Getty Images

While Meghan spent time in the country as an ambassador for the One Young World summit in 2014, this will be Harry’s first visit to Ireland. His grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visited in May 2011, at the invitation of the former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

The quays in Dublin City. Image by David Soanes Photography

In 2015, Harry’s dad and step mum, the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, stayed at Lough Cutra Castle, in Gort, Galway. They also visited Donegal Castle in Letterkenny in 2016. William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also visited Belfast together before their 2011 wedding.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visit Donegal Castle. Image: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The happy couple will also pay a visit to Sydney, Australia, in October for the 2018 Invictus Games, an international multi-sport event Prince Harry created for wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans.