EXCLUSIVE: William and Kate will return to the Bahamas with their children for a family holiday after wowing George, Charlotte and Louis on FaceTime with the incredible views, in an echo of Diana’s trips with her two boys nearly 30 years ago
- Royal couple have been staying at the The Cove luxury resort on Paradise Island
- A source said their children were ‘blown away’ by the views seen on FaceTime
- The three children ‘cannot wait’ to come back with them, the source added
- Caribbean was a favourite destination for Diana, especially after Charles split
In a speech last night Prince William recalled holidaying in the Bahamas with his late mother in 1993.
He remembered snorkelling in the vivid blue waters around the ‘James Bond wrecks’ off Nassau with Princess Diana, describing it as ‘the best holiday ever’.
And it seems as if their all too brief, three-day trip to the picturesque nation of 700 islands has had such an effect on William and Kate that they have vowed to bring their own children back one day, Mail Online understands.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent the last two nights at the The Cove luxury resort, situated on the rather aptly named Paradise Island.
They have been ensconced in its three bedroom Penthouse Suite, a 4830ft hideaway with floor to ceiling windows, wrap-around ocean views, a large living area, office space and a separate ten-set dining area with a full-service kitchen.
Each morning they have awoken to stunning views of the crystal-clear Atlantic Ocean and glittering white sandy private beach.
William and Kate have vowed to bring their children to the Bahamas, MailOnline understands (Pictured: Royal couple during a visit to the Daystar Evangelical Church to hear first-hand what it was like to be on the island at the point Hurricane Dorian hit)
Kate rocks a pink dress and sunglasses as she walks with Will, donning a dark blue suit and light blue shirt, during tour of the Bahamas
The Caribbean was a favourite holiday destination of Prince Diana, particularly after her separation from the Prince of Wales. (Pictured: Diana, far left, with William in the island of St Kitts in 1993)
Should William and Kate decide to bring their three children – Prince George , eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and three-year-old Prince Louis – it features five different hotel experiences with 21 restaurants, five miles of white sand beaches, 11 swimming pools and Aquaventure – a 141-acre waterscape of thrilling slides and river rides. (Family pictured at a pantomime performance at the London Palladium in December 2020)
Relaxed and chatty, the couple were overheard thanking staff for everything they had done for them, telling them the hotel was ‘wonderful’, the food ‘amazing’ and that they ‘couldn’t wait to come back with their children’.
‘They said they have FaceTimed their children to show them the views, which blew them away, and that they can’t wait to come back with them,’ a source said.
‘Hopefully William will be able to created the same happy memories with his family, that his own mother did with him’.
The Caribbean was a favourite holiday destination of Prince Diana, particularly after her separation from the Prince of Wales.
She would often take William there with his brother, Harry, and almost 30 years ago she whisked them to the five-bedroom Casuarina Beach in the Bahamas.
Situated in Lyford Cay, a gated community on the western tip of New Providence Island, they stayed as guests of Kate Menzies of the newsagent millionaire Menzies family, and accompanied by Andrew Charlton, a lifelong friend of Prince William, and Catherine and Harry Soames, the family of politician Nicholas Soames.
The group flew to the Bahamas from Florida, where they had spent two days at Walt Disney World and visited the set location for ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.’
Lyford Cay is one of the Bahamas’ most exclusive communities, with neighbours including Sean Connery and the Bacardi family.
Kate and Will meet Stephen Gardiner, a Bahamian 400m Olympic champion
They moved on to stalls by the beach where vendors were selling handbags and homemade honey
Kate crouched down and spoke to a local girl who was dressed to the nines in a stunning princess outfit
William engaged with several locals including a little girl whose hand he held as she stood next to a seated elderly lady
The Duke and Duchess shook hands with well wishers and spoke to people about the effects of the hurricane. William turned own the chance to hold a baby but agreed to pose next to it
Kate beamed as she posed up a storm smiling with countless locals for photos, including a number of small children
William then made an impromptu stop at a bar. He slapped the bar top and said: ‘This is my stop!’
In his speech, given at the Governor General’s reception, a visibly relaxed William said: ‘Seen from space, astronaut Chris Hadfield once said that ‘the beauty of The Bahamas is surreal’ and you could see ‘every blue that exists’.
‘That natural beauty is only surpassed by the warmth and generosity of the Bahamian people.
‘Catherine and I have witnessed this everywhere we’ve been today on our first official visit to your wonderful islands.
‘The welcome you gave us in Parliament Square today with the Junkanoo, and Rake ‘n’ Scrape was unforgettable.
‘But this is not my first time in The Bahamas. I came here with my mother as a child.
‘Snorkelling around the James Bond wrecks off Nassau left me with the most vivid memory of your beautiful blue waters.
‘For a young boy, obsessed with 007, it was the best holiday ever.’
The Duke and Duchess hear how people have come together to support each other during an incredibly difficult time following Hurricane Dorian, (pictured at the Daystar Evangelical Church)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) have spent the last two nights at the The Cove luxury resort, situated on the rather aptly named Paradise Island
The Duke and Duchess during their visit to the Daystar Evangelical Church in the Bahamas
The Cove, where William and Kate have stayed, is an all-suite property, nestled between two private beaches on the Atlantis Paradise Island, one of the Bahama’s premiere oceanside resorts.
Should William and Kate decide to bring their three children – Prince George , eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and three-year-old Prince Louis – it features five different hotel experiences with 21 restaurants, five miles of white sand beaches, 11 swimming pools and Aquaventure – a 141-acre waterscape of thrilling slides and river rides.
The resort is also single-use plastic free and supports extensive rescue, rehabilitation, research, and conservation efforts in The Bahamas through the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation.
As they left yesterday the couple stopped to thank Russell Miller, Executive Vice President, and Kapil Sharma, General Manager for ‘being their home’ while in The Bahamas.
William and Kate fly home tonight on board the government’s official RAF Voyager aircraft, arriving home just in time for a Mother’s Day brunch with their children on Sunday.
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