kate middleton prince william deplaningWe thought that the next time we'd see Kate Middleton and Prince William out of the U.K., they'd be headed Down Under for their highly anticipated royal tour! Not so, it seems. Apparently, they've jetted out of the cold today to enjoy a week-long relaxing getaway in Maldives!

According to local media, the couple arrived on a British Airways plane this morning and were whisked away by security officials to the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport VIP Lounge. They're reportedly staying at a recently opened private resort on the island, and it's unknown whether or not they're with 8-month-old Prince George. In other words, especially considering that Maldives was on the couple's short list for honeymoon destinations before settling on Seychelles, this could very well be a romantic time-out for the royal couple. Ooh la la!

Either way, the timing for this trip seems to have been set for a while, as neither Wills or Kate has an official engagement next week. William does need to get back to his agricultural classes at Cambridge upon their return, but he supposedly has no lectures this week.

The Mirror points out that this isn't the first time the couple has gone on a vacation before a "work"-related trip. Remember when Kate was scandalously photographed sunbathing topless? That was when the couple was holidaying in a villa in the south of France ... prior to heading out on their tour of the Far East.

Given their upcoming jam-packed schedule, I can definitely understand why the couple would want to take a peaceful, tropical time-out now. Fingers crossed that even if they do have George with them, they also have the nanny and are able to nab some quality alone time. Because I can't think of a better way to rest and re-energize before spending a grueling three weeks Down Under!

Do you think the royal couple deserves to rest up for their big trip?


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