Last July, Prince Harry seemed to have gotten himself a new blonde girlfriend. Her name? Cressida Bonas. She comes from a well-connected British family – her sister briefly dated Prince William, and Will was said to be quite smitten. Cressida lives a pretty typical life for a wealthy English girl – she’s like a model/socialite, just looking to land a wealthy guy of her own. Princess Eugenie is said to have initially introduced Harry and Cressida, and they hit it off. Then time passed and Harry showed the royal jewels in Vegas and then he went to Afghanistan, and there were mixed reports about the state of Harry and Cressida’s relationship, everything from her dumping him to him being hung up on Chelsy, etc. Anyway, Cressida is BACK!! She and Harry were spotted at Swiss ski resort – you can see the photos here.
High above the Swiss snowline, the temperature is rising. Locked in a tight embrace on the slopes of the Verbier ski resort yesterday, Prince Harry and his society girlfriend Cressida Bonas seem to be closer than ever. The very public display of affection, in front of dozens of fellow skiers, came only a few hours after even more intimate revelries at a restaurant in the town. Fellow diners in the wee small hours at the Pot Luck Club restaurant in the resort’s Farinet Hotel were entertained by the sight of the Prince bouncing the 24-year-old blonde model and would-be actress on his knee.
The pair were said to have ‘kissed like love-struck teenagers in the back of a cinema’.
The other end of the same table was an altogether more sober affair. Harry’s uncle, Prince Andrew, whose 53rd birthday on Tuesday they were celebrating, sat with his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, and their two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Eugenie’s boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, briefly strolled over chatted to Harry and Cressida. But for the most part they had eyes only for each other. The Yorks traditionally enjoy a week’s skiing in the resort every year to mark Prince Andrew’s birthday, often inviting photographers to capture the event. This time, perhaps not unsurprisingly, the invitation was not extended.
Shortly before midnight, Miss Bonas, who wore a minuscule black dress and heels, showing off a pair of endless legs, stood up and walked over to sit on Harry’s lap. The pair then began to kiss, with Harry stroking the back of her head as they did so, in a passionate clinch for several minutes.
A witness said: ‘We couldn’t believe what we were seeing. They were not being discreet about it. The Duchess of York and Eugenie sat just a few seats away at the time and seemed to be deliberately looking the other way, making polite conversation while it was happening. Afterwards, Harry’s girl stayed sitting on his knee while they chatted to his friends.’
The diner went on to reveal: ‘At one point, a waiter brought over a tray of vodka and Red Bull and Harry shouted: “Free drinks on the house!” Everyone seemed to be having a great time.’
Although Prince Andrew left shortly afterwards, the younger royals went on to an exclusive bar above the restaurant, before moving to a basement nightclub, where they stayed until 3.30am. Despite the late night, however, Harry and Cressida still hit the slopes yesterday morning and were again seen openly hugging and kissing on the slopes, which were packed with half-term visitors. Both appeared to be extremely competent skiers and spent most of the day on the mountain. At one point, taking a break from their fun, Harry was seen putting his arms around Cressida’s waist while she rested her head on his shoulder.
The daughter of renowned Old Harrovian businessman Jeffrey Bonas and Sixties model Lady Mary Curzon — who posed semi-naked for a coffee table photographic book and went on to get married and divorced four times — Cressida is a familiar figure in London’s upper-class social scene. As a teenager, she was labelled by society bible Tatler as ‘really pretty, really nice and absolutely obsessed with Eva Cassidy (the late American singer)’.
Last year she and Harry flew together to the Caribbean island of Necker for the birthday of tycoon Sir Richard Branson’s son Sam, who is engaged to be married to Miss Bonas’s beautiful half- sister, the actress Isabella Anstuther-Gough-Calthorpe.
This week’s ski holiday, to which the Prince had flown on budget airline easyJet, is significant in royal terms for more than one reason. It is the first time in many, many years that Harry has been seen in public with the snubbed Duke of York’s ex-wife.
Can I just say? I think the Duke of York is probably a major ass in general, but I still kind of love that he and Fergie still spend so much together. She’s crazy, no doubt, but I like that Andrew and Fergie’s relationship – even post-divorce – has always been solid and loving. Anyway, as for Cressida and Harry… we’ll see. I think Cressida seems like she’s in to win it. She’s well-connected, she doesn’t have a lot going on, and Harry seems to like her. It will be interesting to see how she plays it from here. Also: her family will make Duchess Kate very uncomfortable. Kate is said to have been very jealous of William’s relationship with Isabella Anstuther-Gough-Calthorpe.
Photos courtesy of WENN.