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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'enjoying mini-moon in Ireland'

Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle are enjoying a 'mini-moon' in Ireland while their honeymoon is put on hold, according to reports.

The Duke and and Duchess of Sussex are said to be staying at Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo amid local reports of increased security in the area. People have been taking to Twitter to comment on the castle being closed to the public - which is not the norm - with further reports of road closures and check points.

Harry and Meghan exchanged vows in front of 600 guests including the Queen, more than 30 royals and famous faces like US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, tennis champion Serena Williams, actor George Clooney and his barrister wife Amal Clooney, Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and actor Idris Elba.

Sir Elton, who sang at the funeral service for Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, performed at the lunchtime reception.

An estimated 100,000 people turned out to see the couple as they sat in an open-top Ascot Landau for a carriage procession through Windsor.

The celebrations culminated in a black–tie wedding dinner staged at Frogmore House and hosted by Charles for 200 of the couple’s closest friends and family.

Rumours of a trip to Ireland followed the wedding, which would mark their inaugural overseas trip as a married couple to the Republic.

They are expected to return to Ireland later this summer as part of their first international tour.

Countries like Botswana – which offer stunning wildlife, breathtaking scenery and, importantly, privacy from prying eyes – are supposedley on the top of the list for the couple's official honeymoon destination.

Ashford Castle has paid host to royality many times over the years -  King George VI and the Queen Mother stayed there in 1939.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip also visited in 2005.

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