Ever since the furore started last week over the possibility of Prince Harry becoming engaged to girlfriend Cressida Bonas, the gossip outlets have been running overtime with their fact files on the Prince’s girlfriend and what they think you need to know about ‘Cressy’ – we think there are more important facts you need to know, therefore…
Here’s our list of the top things you need to know about Cressida Bonas.
Family and Background
Cressida Bonas was born on 18th February 1989 to Jeffrey Bonas and Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon. Miss Bonas, 24, is descended from King Charles II and is the granddaughter of the 6th Earl Howe. According to our calculations, she is Prince Harry’s 9th cousin through King Charles II.
Cressida’s parents, Jeffrey and Lady Mary-Gaye, married in 1984 and divorced in 1994 and through her mother’s multiple marriages, she has one half-brother and 3 half-sisters, though no ‘full’ brothers or sisters.
She attended the University of Leeds until 2011 and went on to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, which she left in July of this year. Prior to this, she studied at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, coincidentally also where Chelsy Davy (former girlfriend of Prince Harry) studied.
Royal Relation and Media Mistake
Cressida Bonas is very good friends with Princess Eugenie of York, the two are frequently seen out and about together whilst the Princess is in London and it is believed that Prince Harry was introduced to Cressida through cousin Princess Eugenie.
Despite what was and remains to be quite widely attributed to Cressida, she has never been a Burberry model – that is according to Burberry themselves. The mismatch is said to have come from the misidentification of Cressida and English fashion model and actress, Cara Delevingne – both being of a similar age and appearance.
By all accounts, Cressida would fit in rather well with the Royal Family. She already has a firm connection through Princess Eugenie and her upbringing should contribute to an understanding and respect for Monarchy and tradition.
‘It’s all in a name’
A common question about Cressida is how you say her name. Whilst this may seem obvious to many, pronouncing names is a precarious business – however when you break it down, Cressida’s isn’t too hard.
The correct way to pronounce Cressida Bonas is: Creh – Seed-Uh Bone-Ass
She is commonly known to her friends as Cressy and has a variety of other nicknames which can be chosen from.
If she married into the Royal Family, she would lose her surname.
Having recently finished University and college, Cressida will no doubt be looking at her options to see what she can do for a career. She’s already looking towards a career in acting and has made some appearances at small shows as a dancer, she was photographed and recorded dancing in her final year show whilst at Trinity Laban.
Marrying a Prince wouldn’t necessarily mean the end of your career, though as her relationship with Prince Harry grows closer, Cressida will find certain parts of her chosen career could be affected by her relationship – though this might not always be a bad thing!
There’s always the option of becoming a full-time royal, though with Prince Harry remaining a serving Officer in the Army Air Corps, it is unlikely he’d encourage any wife of his to give up her chosen career to pursue royal engagements.
Into the Future
If Prince Harry was to marry Cressida Bonas, it would almost certainly be a public wedding (quite possibly the last for The Queen’s grandchildren as Princess Beatrice, Eugenie and the Earl of Wessex’s children are unlikely to be afforded a public wedding) similar perhaps in style to the Duke of Cambridge’s in 2011.
Cressida would, according to UK custom, immediately become Princess Henry of Wales and Prince Harry would almost certainly be given a Royal Dukedom. Some have said the Dukedom of Sussex has been reserved for the Prince – meaning Cressida would become ‘HRH The Duchess of Sussex’.
She won’t, it is obvious to any royal watcher, become ‘Princess Cressida’ however (see the long running ‘Princess Catherine’ debate to understand why).
However, all this talk of marriage is ‘early days’ and largely speculative – it might be many years away before the Prince becomes engaged yet – after all, it took Prince William almost a decade to wed the now Duchess of Cambridge!