First it was meant to be a Namibian safari; then there was conjecture about a jaunt to a Canadian cabin. Now the latest rumour regarding the honeymoon destination of the Duke and Duchessof Sussex is centring on the most lauded luxury hotel in Ireland.

Straddling the Galway-Mayo border and dating from 1228,Ashford Castle commenced operation as a hotel in 1915 and in the intervening decades has hosted celebrities and dignitaries including Oscar Wilde, John Wayne, Princess Grace of Monaco, Ronald Reagan and Brad Pitt.