Royals’ fan urges Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit India on honeymoon

95-year-old Mumbai cafe owner, who has written regular letters to Queen Elizabeth, advises the couple to have several children

Mumbai cafe owner Boman Kohinoor, arguably India’s biggest fan of the British royal family, wants Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to honeymoon in the country and have lots of children.

The 95-year-old, who met Prince Harry’s older brother William and wife Catherine when the royal couple visited the country’s commercial capital last year, said he was delighted to hear news of the engagement. “I wish them a very long and happy married life. And may all their troubles be little ones,” the sprightly nonagenarian said at Mumbai’s famous Britannia & Company restaurant, where his love of British royalty is plain to see.

On one wall hangs a large framed photograph of Queen Elizabeth II, next to a portrait of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi.

Attached to a banister on the second floor of the cafe, which dishes up lip-smacking Parsi and Irani cuisine, is a giant cardboard cut-out of a grinning William and Kate, their arms linked.

Mr. Kohinoor spent around 10 minutes with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace hotel in April 2016 after they became aware of a social media campaign encouraging them to meet him.

Mr. Kohinoor, clutching a photo of the three of them from that meeting, said he now hoped to meet Prince Harry, 33, and American actor Markle, 36, after they get married at Windsor Castle next spring.

Sumptuous welcome
“I hope they will visit me or I will invite them to visit me. My invitation is open for all of the royal family,” he explained, adding that he would serve them Britannia’s famous berry pulao, a popular Parsi dish.

Mr. Kohinoor, who has written regular letters to Queen Elizabeth over the years, encouraged Prince Harry and Ms. Markle to spend their honeymoon there. “There are many places they can visit. We have got one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal,” he said, adding that he was “very excited” about the prospect of watching the wedding on television.

Mr. Kohinoor advised the Prince and Ms. Markle to have several children.

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