What it takes to travel like royalty, according to British royal family experts

Although Meghan Markle will never be called “Princess Meghan” thanks to British monarchy protocol and its intricate technicalities, that won’t stop her from living like a princess once she marries into the family of her intended, Prince Harry.

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Have a huge travel budget: Although the British royal family, like most families, has limitations, they’re minimal: According to Hello Magazine, the royal travel budget was $5.8 million in 2017.

Expect your destination to pick up your expenses: The countries that royals visit often pay for some of the travel costs.

Travel by private jet: Sometimes the royals also fly commercial, but pretty much only British Airways.

Travel with a full staff and security entourage: The royals never travel without their full squad of trained professionals, sometimes as many as a dozen deep. (Did you know the Queen of England doesn’t need a passport?)

Stay in the swankiest locales: For their honeymoon, Prince William and Duchess Kate visited The Seychelles (a small republic in the Indian Ocean), and stayed in a villa that costs $7,995 nightly, according to Fodor’s Travel. Duchess Kate’s rumored favorite Caribbean vacation spot is Mustique, where renting a private home can cost upwards of $30,000 a week.

Hobnob with A-listers: Think heads of state, rock stars, movie stars, sports stars, etc. Of course, Meghan Markle is already a Hollywood star in her own right, and according to the Daily Mail, Duchess Kate was starstruck at the thought of meeting her.

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And one thing that goes with living like a princess is traveling like a royal. If you want the royal experience, here’s what it takes. 

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French President Rene Coty

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Russian Leader Georgi Malenkov

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British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan

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French President General Charles de Gaulle

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United States President John F. Kennedy

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German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard

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British Prime Minister Harold Wilson

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United States President Richard Nixon

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British Prime Minister Edward Heath

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French President Pompidou

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German Chancellor Willy Brandt

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United States President Gerald Ford

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French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing

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German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt

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Russian Leader Leonid Ilich Brezhnev

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British Prime Minister James Callaghan

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United States President Jimmy Carter

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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

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United States President Ronald Reagan

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French President Mitterrand

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German Chancellor Helmut Kohl

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Russian Leader Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov

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Russian Leader Konstantin Chernenko

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Russian Leader Gobrachev

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United States President George H.W. Bush

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British Prime Minister John Major

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Russian Leader Boris Yeltsin

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United States President Bill Clinton

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French President Chirac

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Prime Minister Tony Blair

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German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder

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Russian President Vladimir Putin

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United States President George W. Bush

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy 

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Russian Leader Dmitry Medvedev

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United States President Barack Obama

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Prime Minister David Cameron

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French President Francois Hollande

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British Prime Minister Theresa May

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United States President Donald Trump

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