Cressida Bonas to cohost an event with Prince Harry at St. James Palace

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So much for playing hard to get. I have maintained – and I still maintain – that Cressida Bonas’ public reticence about marrying into the royal family is just a game, a ploy that is working out rather well for her. Cressida Bonas doesn’t want to waity around for most of a decade for her prince to propose. Cressida doesn’t want to look eager to get her feet under the table. Cressida is proving to be rather clever. So, publicly, we’re told that she’s not looking to get engaged and that SHE is making Harry waity. Meanwhile, she’s taking more and more of a public role as a royal girlfriend and it’s looking more and more like that an engagement is inevitable. The UK papers reported this weekend that Cressida is due to CO-HOST an event at St. James Palace with Harry. Well done, Cressy.

CRESSIDA Bonas has been officially recognised as Prince Harry’s partner by being asked to co-host a formal dinner honouring war heroes at St James’s Palace. The 25 year-old, who has been seeing Harry, 29, for two years, has been invited to help him host a private dinner party for friends he made during a 208 mile trek to the South Pole last year.

Harry is a patron of the Walking With The Wounded charity, which organised the trek, and which helps injured veterans dealing with life-changing injuries. The dinner will be held on March 27, and it is expected that Miss Bonas will accept the invitation.

While her role will not involve formally greeting guests, as the Duchess of Cambridge does when hosting events with Prince William, a source said she will effectively share hosting duties with Prince Harry.

The source added: “Harry and his mates went through thick and thin together, so the dinner party will be a really relaxed and jovial affair. But there is no doubt that it will be a Royal banquet, albeit a private one.”

Another source said that, while not technically an official Royal event, the dinner marked an official engagement for the couple. The State Apartments at St James’s Palace are used for State visits and hosting receptions for charities, and can also be used by courtiers for private events such as weddings.

[From The Express]

Chelsy Davy would never have been asked to do this kind of thing. Nor would she have wanted to be asked, I think. But Cressida does want to do it, and that’s my point. To be fair, I think this is a much smarter way of “easing” a young woman into a royal role. Harry is obviously crazy about Cressida and his actions show us and his family that Cressida is The One. So instead of proposing and shoving Cressy into the spotlight immediately, Harry is starting to show her what she’s signing up for, what her job will be as his wife, and most of this is happening out of the public eye. But make no mistake – Cressy wants this. She might not be ready for the public spotlight, but she wants to marry Harry and she’s willing to put in the work for it too.

Oh, one more thing – the Mail on Sunday had this story:

If Prince Harry’s girlfriend Cressida Bonas has any hope of endearing herself to the Royal Family, she may want to rethink her choice of favourite comedy performers.

The 24-year-old was at London’s O2 on Monday night to enjoy a performance by Jack Whitehall, who was criticised for making a series of crude jokes about the Queen and Prince Phillip during an appearance on Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

‘Cressida was there with Jack’s sister Molly and looked like she was having a whale of a time,’ says my man in the stalls. ‘She was laughing along all night.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I’ve seen Jack Whitehall on TV shows before and his comedy isn’t so scandalous. Besides, it doesn’t say that Whitehall was making royal jokes at this particular show, and even if he was… what’s the big deal? Everyone jokes about the royal family.

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  1. Luna says:

    She’s really very pretty.

    • Tatjana says:

      I know I said this before, but it amazes me how different tastes can be. I find her so incredibly plain. And so far I haven’t seen any signs of a persinality, either.

      • Elisabeth says:

        actually i disagree. Kate has had work done whereas Cressie is a natural…

      • Tatjana says:

        So? The fact that she’s natural doesn’t make her pretty.
        Kate isn’t some great beauty either, but compared to this one she’s Angelina Jolie. And Kate was the prettiest during her uni days, before the plastic surgery.
        But that doesn’t matter. Both seem work shy and bland.

      • FLORC says:

        I’ve said this before too… The media is presenting an image. When the image is to make her loved up and show her personality many tones will change about her.
        Happened with Diana, Fergie, Kate, David, Bertie, Charles, Camilla……. You get my point. It’s much too early to judge her level of personality this early in the coverage.

        I also disagree with Cressy being workshy. Sure she may never hold a 9-5 job, but that’s not a fair comparrison. If we’re putting herr head to head against Kate she’s taken the initiative to cohost as a GF. She’s also grabbed herself a job in the pool with others without widespread speculation on what she does.

        And while it isn’t far to know what Cressida will be like when married if the brothers personalities are mirrored by their significant others Cressida will likely be very active.

        But you’re of course entitled to your opinions. Maybe she’ll be like Diana (for me). She was bland looking, but her personality eventually took over and made her beautiful.

      • Cecilia says:

        Wait…Kate got cosmetic surgery? What did she have done & when? I guess I need to catch up because I hadn’t heard anything about that — or are these just assumptions?

      • bluhare says:

        There was a plastic surgery website that had before and after shots and speculated as to what she had done. The concensus was she’d had her nose shaved down and her under eye bags reduced. The site said whoever her surgeon was, he’s good, as she was under the examples of good surgery.

        The site’s shut down now or else I’d post the link. The photos certainly appeared to show a difference, although it was subtle.

      • Cecilia says:

        Thanks so much, bluehare.

      • FLORC says:

        I can’t find it either Bluhare. Shame.

        Cecilia
        The side by side photos of Kate before and after was not a difference by simple weight loss unless she managed to lose cartilage as well.

        What we can all see with our eyes is she’s had veneers for a year or 2 at this point.

        And the work was very well done.

      • mayamae says:

        I wonder if she’s somewhat un-photogenic. I’ve never recovered from the pictures of her braying with the sparkly blue jacket. It doesn’t reflect on her character or worth as a person, but I think about half of the women her age walking down the street look better than her. I might change my mind if I saw her on video. The York sisters are often eviscerated for their looks, but I’ve seen some youtube clips of their interviews, and they are attractive girls.

        When I first became aware of who Kate Middleton was (seven years ago?), I had a completely different image of who she was. I remember there were pics of her striding across a field (at a polo match?) and she looked confident, healthy, and athletic. I don’t know if I can say the same about her now.

        The BRF chews these girls up and spits them out – with a lot of help from the press. At least Kate can comfort herself with the knowledge she is the mother of a future king. What will Cressida reassure herself with? My opinion has no relevance, but she comes off as an air-headed aristo to me. It’s easy to be a free spirited gypsy when the necessity of making a living is eliminated, along with the knowledge you’re perceived as superior by virtue of your birth. I guess I’m just an inverse snob. I’ll admit it.

        PS I wish Cressida would clean up her eyebrows just a little. Maybe it’s part of her free spirit look.

      • bluhare says:

        Us inverse snobs gotta stick together, mayamae. I think your opinion’s relevant!

      • Angelic 21 says:

        I think it’s really sad if someone have to take comfort in or their self worth in who they gave birth to.

        Kate our future queen only valued for 1 prince going inside her and 1 coming out of her, describes her perfectly for me.

      • FLORC says:

        Mayemae

        1st. I completely agree the York Princesses are so lovely in motion and almost always terrible in photos. And on a person note I love Bea’s casual style best seen when she’s having a drink with friends after work. And her bf is so handsome. I want them to get married!

        And 2nd.. Kate was so confident in her early years. She’s very much not the same person looks or how she carries herself. I’m only speculating, but I think she wasn’t all that comfortable with herself to begin with. Why else change yourself to fit another person’s tastes.
        By Cressida possibly playing coy with Harry and having her own circle of friends and style I think she knows who she is very well. Sill, is it really the BRF that destroys these women? Or more so the press? I can’t imagine Kate is exposed to negativity on either side. I know Diana paid attention to the headlines, but if you didn’t want to hear what they had to say I doubt it reaches them in heir bubbles.

        As far as air-headed aristos… I’m holding my judgement until she opens her mouth and confirms for us what she is.

        And lastly, Eyebrows! I would love to take tweezers to hers and Kates! both are so out of control. It’s easier for Cressida being blonde.

      • mayamae says:

        Bluhare – thank you for your support.

        Angelic 21 – I’m not saying I would take comfort in defining myself by who I gave birth to. That would make me undefined. I do think she’s fulfilled her primary responsibility, and if she has a good relationship with her child, she’ll have a guaranteed place in his life. If she developed a work ethic, and continued to be a loving mother, I’m sure her loneliness could be offset by being adored by the people. People who love fairy tales probably think the thought of being a king’s wife and mother is amazing.

        Florc – I guess I don’t really know how the BRF treats these girls. I know that most women can minimize their in-laws when there is tension. Not going to happen here. And it seems that in their attempts to manipulate Kate’s image to the positive, they are really affecting her negatively.
        I do prefer the old Kate. If she lacked confidence, she faked it pretty well. I fear she lets the two most important adult people in her life (husband and mother) dictate her self-confidence. If those two people make you feel like you’re lacking, it can be devastating, no matter how strong your self worth is.

        By the way, I’ve never thought Kate had more than a passing similarity to her mother. I googled tons of pics the other day in an attempt to catch any plastic surgery. I didn’t notice anything drastic, but in a couple of pics with Kate with thick bangs, she looked amazingly similar to her mother.

        I’m a person who pays a lot of attention to eyebrows. My favorites – Courtney Cox, Winona Ryder, and Angelina Jolie. Besides tweezing, I think Cressida’s eyebrows are a little too dark and could stand to be lightened a little.

      • FLORC says:

        mayamae

        Kate’s face adjustments were done right and therefore subtle. Nothing so drastic you can claim she clearly had a nose job. Lots of celebs are doing just that too. To fix flaws, but to not look unnatural.

        I very much wish we would all age naturally. To see fake teeth or hair or facial features that look out of place is just very unappealing to me.
        And I started graying in my early 20′s.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      @Luna
      I find her very pretty as well. Lovely bone structure.

    • I find her blandly pretty–like she’s inoffensively good looking, won’t cause waves–when they go to state dinners, she probably won’t have some 90 year old dignitary checking out her rack, etc. She might have a personality that makes her a lot larger than life/more beautiful, like Harry. I guess we’ll see.

      • bluhare says:

        Good way to put it, Virgilia. I think I said “quietly pretty” or something like that, but yours is better.

      • Suze says:

        Yes, I agree. And she seems to have learned to tone down the wide open mouthed braying.

    • Suze says:

      I think she’s pretty in sort of a delicate way, although I wouldn’t classify her as a great beauty.

  2. Sayrah says:

    Wow! I guess this is the real deal. Congrats on being engaged to be engaged :)

  3. DameEdna says:

    She reminds me so much of the Duchess of Kent.

  4. HH says:

    I don’t think I dislike this pairing, so much as I dislike how much this couple symbolizes a society built on class differences. Her mother has been married 4 times! 4 times! You pretty much need a handy, pocket-sized family tree to keep up with her siblings. And while Cressida shouldn’t be judged by her mother’s actions, if this girl were a “commoner” she would be deemed unsuitable. The press would have had a field day and the relationship would have been over before it started. While the Middletons can come off as “uptradey” (and I’ve given my fair share of criticism on this) they seem to be a very supportive and stable family. It’s so crazy that bloodline can trump almost anything.

    To be fair, the press may be waiting to harp on her family situation if they get married and W&K need to look better after a long vacation, but who knows.

    • Angelic 21 says:

      HH
      I agree with you, of course there is class system. The whole idea of royals and a royal family is based on class system. Now I don’t participate in class system, so I don’t base my opinions on Kate because her mother happens to born working class or she is’commoner’ or Cress is aristo and not on her mother’s actions. I find it so strange that somehow Kate ends up getting credit for her mother being born working class or her mother being married to a single man or her mother building a business, because at the end of the day Kate didn’t do any of this her mother did. Same with Cressida, it’s not her fault where she was born or what her parents did. Not liking someone because their mother is push or acted chavy is also acting on a class system, there should be a word for people basing their opinion negatively because she is rich or posh. It’s like only caucasian practise racism but African American aren’t accused of racism when they discriminate against caucasians.

      • Tatjana says:

        We shouldn’t blame Kate or Cressida, but we should blame the media for the double standard.

        Is there such a thing as reversed racism? I never saw anything like that so I really don’t know.

      • HH says:

        @Angelic – I don’t have particular feelings for Cressida one way or the other. She, like Kate, has no camera presence. My feelings are towards the system as a whole, not Cressida herself. As stated, the relationships only irks me because it highlights the idea of the “right sort” / “blue bood”.

      • Angelic 21 says:

        Tat,
        I did witness reserved racism. I know someone in collage who was black and didn’t approve of her brother marrying a white girl because and I quote ‘ it’s a black thing and she won’t get it’ re her brother GR. What stroke me so unbelievable is her not at all being ashamed of her thinking as if it’s such a reasonable way of thinking or considering it as racism. i also know someone who will never ever date or be friends with anyone who was born rich because she decided all rich people are bad.

      • Bridget says:

        Reverse racism is a made up construct. Racism is defined by the power dynamics of those involved, and within American society (which is what I’m assuming you’re talking about) there is an entrenched power imbalance favoring white individuals. A black person can be prejudiced (as in your example of a black person who wouldn’t want their child to marry a white person) but Reverse Racism simply isn’t a real thing.

      • Nora says:

        Saying something is only racism if power is involved is such a Sociology 101/social justice warrior definition that no one in the real world outside of academics uses.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Nora
        You may be quite right but I have also seen your argument used to invalidate and shut down some of the points people like Bridget want to introduce into the conversation. Everything is relevant.

    • Eh, I don’t particularly like the Middleton’s because they want to move up, in the most classless way. I mean, every time you see a pap pic of Carole or Pippa, they’ve always got their pinkies in the air–showing off their rings…..other than that, I don’t really mind them. I side eye them for raising such a useless daughter….

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        No one is useless, especially a wife/sister/daughter/mommy. Kate is avoiding her potential and sees no need to grow as a person but few of us in life are truly useless, imo.

    • Suze says:

      Eh – I don’t know. Watercress is a new thing – or a relatively new thing – so the press is honeymooning with her, including playing up her “aristocratic” connections. They always do that. I’m old enough to remember the big Sarah Ferguson honeymoon! And Kate herself had years of positive press.

      The press will turn on Watercress at some point, unless she’s hiding some PR genius up her sleeve a la Diana Spencer.

      • LadySlippers says:

        I *think* most people that believe Cressida’s positive press spin is solely class related aren’t super long time Royal watchers. When one looks at it as a snap shot, it does look suspicious. However until one looks at it with the long lense of time, it becomes easier to see ebbs and flows of the press (and all their crap).

        (God does that make me sound old and jaded. Blech)

  5. Tatjana says:

    Jack Whitehall is a lot funnier than he used to be.
    It’s funny how outraged people get when it comes to jokes about the Queen. I remember when there was outrage over a very funny joke Frankie Boyle made on Mock The Week. I just couldn’t see what the big deal was.

  6. HoustonGrl says:

    An engagement is imminent.

  7. Loopy says:

    Two years together, when exactly was the Vegas scandal?

    • Jegede says:

      Harry also for a while dated Saturdays singer, Mollie King, amongst others, in April 2012 though Mollie originally denied it

    • fairy godmother says:

      Loopy- Vegas was a few months after Harry fell madly in love with her. LOL!!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I don’t think they had been dating that long to have promised each other exclusivity when the Vegas thing happened.

      • Angelic 21 says:

        Good

        I agree, people are acting as if you go on 1 date or few dates or even few weeks and all of sudden you decide to live and die for 1 another. Me and my husband weren’t exclusive for almost 4 months after we started dating and yes I saw other people during that time. Once I realized I could have more with him then just a passing fling, we had our where this relationship is going conversation. We admitted we weren’t exclusive with each other before and decided to be from that day on ward. I don’t care what he did before that and that doesn’t undermine my relationship or it’s foundation.

        From all the evidence it does seems they just began dating and he left for war right after Vegas. I think they really got serious after he came back from war. If something like Vegas happens now it will be entirely another story.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Agreed GoodNames.

        It’s fairly common that military members don’t want to get too serious prior to a deployment and that was something we heard once it was announced Harry was in Afghanistan.

    • kay says:

      they have not been together 2 years. the british press is seriously pushing these 2

      • LadySlippers says:

        Yes they are.

      • Kate says:

        If they married, will the press treat her the way the did The Duchess of York? It seems there has to be a good princess and a bad one. The Duchess of York did bring some of the publicity on herself but as a whole, it seemed the British press ripped her to shreds.

      • LadySlippers says:

        The Spare and his wife are fair game for the press. So Andrew and Sarah were often sacrificed (by the Palace) to bolster Charles and Diana’s image. Even now, Andrew’s errors in judgement are trotted out to compare/contrast with his older brother.

        So eventually, if the pattern holds, it will be repeated for Harry and his wife. However, Harry’s goodwill has steadily grown and that’s not the normal course of things. Harry (not intentionally) might upset the balance of things… Only time will tell.

        **ETA**

        Not saying that either Andrew and Sarah haven’t made huge errors of judgement. However, their errors are often highlighted while Charles’ (and even Diana’s) are often downplayed.

  8. mena says:

    I don’t know about this one. Can’t place my finger on it. It just doesn’t seem the right match. It’s like the media are trying to will this wedding to happen just because they think ‘it’s time’ or ‘they’re due’ rather than because Harry & Cressida are a truly good match for each other.

  9. Other Renee says:

    If she is not greeting the guests (as it is stated), then she is just his date, NOT a co-host. Hosts greet their guests.

    • LadySlippers says:

      I noticed that too. It states quite clearly she’s only a guest then talks up the ‘co-host’ even when they stated otherwise.

      There seems to be a lot of contradictions, like this, when it comes to Cressida. I think the press is trying to make more out of this relationship than is actually there.

      • kay says:

        ladyslippers I am glad you said that. the british press have been tripping all over themselves about these two. this so called relationship seems more than a little forced to me. and I don’t think they are headed for engagement because I remember chelsy at harrys military service where Charles gave him his wings. not that I think that he and Chelsy are getting back together I am just saying the press is trying really hard to sell this girl and I think it is falling flat. I agree with some of the other posters that something is just really off with these two. shame because at first I thought she was cute but like the above poster said I cant get past the blue sparkly jacket and the fake laughter, you know the kind people do when they know they are being watched. oh and the ivory tusk. its bad enough harry was photographed posing with a dead animal . I will believe she is at this dinner when I see a picture and im sure if there is a picture Tanna will be the one to get it

      • My2Pence says:

        Because the first time anyone here is photographed attending an event with their world-famous boyfriend, they wouldn’t be nervous? None of you would react with fake laughter over the stress of all those photographers taking your picture? Diana was made so nervous by the photographers at first, we ended up with the forgot-my-petticoat picture.

        Not defending or bashing her behavior either way re. the stolen photo. That was taken from a private account and the tusk was plastic not ivory. Read her brother-in-law’s twitter.

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you! Just because she’s going as his date doesn’t mean she’s the co-host. She won’t have official hosting duties as she is not his fiancé or wife. Girlfriends don’t co-host with their royal boyfriends. Press is making a mountain out of a mole hill again.

      • Nichs says:

        Sorry guys, but this is her PR team putting out the message in full force. The media is only picking up what is being fed to them.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Naw Nichs, the press often make crap up. In several articles, the quotes directly contradict the surrounding story. And story it is.

        The press want to sell papers and magazines, it’s only mildly interested in the truth. But all the good quotes state she’s in no rush to get married and is enjoying the slow pace. All pretty typical but not scintillating. Therefore they add a more ‘sellable spin’ to an otherwise boring story. That’s how we end up with the contradictions.

    • m says:

      I highly doubt that this is even true. The Daily Fail was the first to report it and if they are first to report on them, the story has almost definitely been pulled from their a$$. They probably heard that guests were allowed to bring a +1and decided Harry will do the same despite that royals do not bring dates to official engagements.

      • LadySlippers says:

        m,

        Ironically, when it comes to the BRF, the DM are often more right than wrong. Funny huh? lol

    • bluhare says:

      I agree she’s not co-hosting, but it is a big deal that she’s with him at something pretty close to an official engagement. Kate never did any with William prior to being engaged. I mean, it was a big deal when they arrived at a wedding together a month or two before they announced they were engaged.

      But everyone is missing the most important part of this story. Will Alex Skarsgard (who has skyrocketed in my estimation since the naked South Pole photos) be there??

      • Suze says:

        I know, Bluhare. I want to see Skarsgard and Dominic West.

        And yeah, it’s a pretty big deal to have old Watercress in the same room with Harry at even a semi official royal event. I’m not wildly excited about blonde duchess but I think they are inching toward an engagement. And it’s probably better to let her get her get a taste of all these duties now rather than later.

      • bluhare says:

        I agree, Suze. And I guess Harry isn’t particularly worried about Cressida and the Hot Viking being in the same room (assuming he’s going!). If I were Cressida, Harry might have something to worry about. :)

  10. the other Guest says:

    I think the Palace is slowly breaking her in, giving her this unofficial/official hosting job to do.

    • kay says:

      kate was never given a hosting job by the palace. in fact buckhouse hasn’t given her one now. I do think she stood in for Charles a couple of times. just like Cressida will never be at sandingram at Christmas until they are married, girlfriends will never host a party

    • LadySlippers says:

      But I don’t think it’s the Palace at all.

      My take was this is being hosted by the charity, with the Palace serving as the venue only. Therefore, it’s not as big of a deal as it sounds. It’s the charity’s event and she’s a guest of Harry who happens to be the charity’s Royal patron. Nothing more, nothing less.

      Was I wrong in reading it this way?

      • Suze says:

        I think you’re right.

        I do think it’s significant that Harry wants her there, though.

      • LadySlippers says:

        But Suze, Chelsy went to his military related stuff. Why wouldn’t this be any different?

  11. Liberty says:

    I can see it now: crisis management brunch at Carole’s on Wednesday!

  12. PrettyTarheelFan says:

    At least she fills in the waterline and uses a softer eyeliner. I hate that hard black that Kate insists on using to this day.
    This is really all I have to say about either one. I hoped that Kate and Wills were going to be a better couple but clearly, not happening, and this one is appropriate, bland, and has the proper breeding. Like a prized show-dog. Scrunchies are not enough to make me care.
    Give me hungover Chelsy any day.

    • HH says:

      I love everything about this post.

    • mayamae says:

      This is completely superficial – but I think it fits in fine here. I’ve always been put off by Chelsy’s looks. I saw a pic of her recently and I think I just despised her makeup. Her face always seemed overly orange, and her lips always looked thick and rubbery and flesh toned – although actually paler than the colour of her face. Combined with the platinum hair – blah. But I’ve never liked the bleached white hair with the orange face. I’m told she’s brilliant and fun, and hey – she kept Harry’s attention for a very long time. I have to say, I love that Harry goes for the average looking girls.

      • bluhare says:

        I always thought she needed better lipstick/gloss, mayamae. I think Chelsy’s pretty in an animated way.

      • mayamae says:

        I need to research her current appearance. She seems the type whose personality over powers her looks to the extent that they almost don’t matter. I’ve always wondered if this was Camilla’s secret.

  13. herladyship says:

    I think so too.

    I read in another thread that she may be invited to meet the queen soon. Does anyone remember at what point Kate met HM? I remember her first appearance on behalf of William was Peter Phillips wedding (because William was attending Jecca ‘s brothers nuptials). I don’t remember if she had met the queen prior.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Kate stated in her engagement interview when she met the Queen. But I can’t recall exactly when, but you might be right that it was at Peter’s wedding.

      Chelsy met the Queen as well and I’m fairly certain that was at Peter’s wedding.

      • herladyship says:

        Thank you for the info. I didn’t realize Chelsy met her also… Now I want to re-watch the engagement interview..

      • LadySlippers says:

        Meeting the Queen is something that indicates the relationship is serious but not necessarily that an engagement is imminent. The press ‘confuses’ the two (I quote it because they understand clearly but choose not to report it that way). Other significant others of Royals have met the Queen that did not make it as far as getting engaged.

      • kay says:

        kate met the queen at peter and autumns wedding. the queen had only met kate 1 time before the engagement

  14. pleaseicu says:

    So, cutting through the pretty, flowery PR-written language –she’s basically going as his date.

    She’s not going to be by his side when guests arrive. She’s not going to be greeting guests in any official capacity. She’s not in charge of planning anything. She’s not there in any official or palace approved or endorsed capacity. She’s his date.

    Wasn’t Chelsea often his official date, even when they were in an “off” phase? Goodness, they’re releasing an article trying to make her seem like an official co-host, when she’s, at most, going to be sitting next to him at dinner, like most girlfriends/dates would.

    They (whoever “they” are: the media, her mom’s publicist boyfriend, her own PR firm, the palace, whoever) are sure trying hard to make her (and their relationship status) seem more than it appears to be. They’re doing a great job of it though. Very professionally done. Very subtle.

  15. The Original Mia says:

    She’s not co-hosting. She’s going to be his date. She won’t co-host anything until they are engaged or married. Nice try, though.

  16. Angelic 21 says:

    Oh good the media is doing what it Dodd with Kate all over again, every other weekend they are about to get married or engaged or meeting Queen etc etc. She’ll be there as his date not Co host, media wants another royal wedding and they are forcing this on Harry just like they did on William.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Weddings are big money for the press… It’s just so boringly predictable.

      What’s the thrill (or monetary payoff) if the press states she likes and has a boring romantic life and isn’t ready to get married? There is none so even when the facts state otherwise, the press creates a new more exciting story.

  17. Angelic 21 says:

    Oh good the media is doing what it did with Kate all over again, every other weekend they are about to get married or engaged or meeting Queen etc etc. She’ll be there as his date not Co host, media wants another royal wedding and they are forcing this on Harry just like they did on William.

    • FLORC says:

      Didn’t it take years to get to the every other week Kate is engaged story?

      And Harry seems to have a strong… sense of self? Is that the term i’m looking for? Anyways stronger sense of self to not be bullied into an engagement. We’re so early in the game i’m not taking this too seriously until there’s a ring.

      P.S. And I bet the ring will be gorgeous! I bet Harry has a good eye for jewelry designs.

      • bluhare says:

        If Harry’s smart, he’ll ask granny for a spare honking diamond and have it made into a ring.

        RAMPANT SPECULATION TO FOLLOW:
        And then give her Diana’s watch! Oooh, FLORC!! Wonder if that’s why Kate now has a Cartier watch too!!

      • If I was Cressida, I’d be sucking up to the Queen/Harry so badly right now. Because I want to get ahold of some of that jewelry,,,,,,good Lord. Harry would get slapped upside his head if he tried to buy me a ring–I want a vintage ring, from the family vaults bitch! Get it right!

        I love Camilla’s ring…before, I used to only really like simple little rings with a few diamonds on the band, but now I’m getting into other styles. If my boobs ever catch me a rich dude from an old family, with tons of family jewels–I would be in heaven. I was drooling over all of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry….I once had a dream that I was like her granddaughter or SOMETHING, and I would go and visit her. Weird…

      • Angelic 21 says:

        Florc

        No the engagement announcements started right after William graduated from Sandurst was 24 or 25. It carried out throughout their relationship with engagement speculation every other month from the day they graduated from collage, so this not at all surprising to me.

      • FLORC says:

        Bluhare
        Lol! I have this image of the Queen walking into a vault loaded with gems. Picking one at random and tossing it to Harry like it’s nothing.

        And Kate’s spending reminds me of someone a friend of mine dating while she was getting a divorce. She bought loads of jewelry with her soon to be exhusbands money. Every time he was away on a “business trip” she would shop.
        Kate’s cartier watch is now hers forever no matter what William does, right? She’s building herself a nest egg even if she’s not aware of it.

        Best of luck landing that rich man Virgilia!
        And i’d be doing the same as you. Suck up to the SO’s family like crazy. Even if you don’t like them. Especially if they have vaults of gorgeous stones.

        Angelic 21
        I wasn’t aware it was that common. Thanks for the clarification.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Angelic is right, they were whispering about engagements long before they were super serious.

  18. Dimebox says:

    People forget what athletes dancers are. (Sort of like forgetting that about ice skaters.) I think she’ll be an active partner to Harry. He seems so committed to his various causes that I can’t imagine him being interested in a girl who wouldn’t have the same interests. I predict that they will be a fun, active couple just like he has been the fun, active prince.

    • bluhare says:

      I hope you’re right, Dimebox.

    • Angelic 21 says:

      I agree. I have more faith in him then William and automatically I have more hope for Cressida then I did with Kate. Only future will tell how wrong or right I am.

    • FLORC says:

      Completely agree. Speaking to long term relationships that weathered the storms Harry was with Chelsy and she wasn’t one to just sit around. William and Kate seem to mirror eachothers qualities for better or worse.
      Now Harry is with Cressida and if she isn’t invested in helping others as he is and his mother was I would bet this relationship was DOA long ago.

      Now that she’s out of school and has a job i’m wondering if she’s not researching charities as well. She’s playing this whole thing so well… I’m not underestimating her.

  19. CynicalCeleste says:

    In respsonse to upthread #1, cecilia, bluhare, florc…(and anyone else interested)…regarding whether kate has had cosmetic work done, I recently saw this older photo and thought wow, that is a different nose and jaw! But maybe it’s just the angle. what do y’all think?

    photo #1 – profile shot from 2005
    http://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/news-photo/kate-middleton-attends-the-festival-of-british-eventing-at-news-photo/108107020?suri=1&Language=en-GB

    photo #2/3 – two profile shots, don’t know dates, but post-wedding
    http://whatkatewore.com/jewelry/

  20. Bridget says:

    I don’t know that I would describe anything we’ve seen with Harry and Cressida that he’s ”crazy about her” – rather, it feels more like she’s a suitable match. For a guy that’s considered the Party Prince, he sure seems like he’d like to have a partner. You know, so he doesn’t have to do every dinner/project/engagement himself. I don’t blame him, and at 29 an awful lot of his friends are already paired off or married. He doesn’t strike me as a guy that’s looking for epic love so much as a girl who he gets along well with, and who is interested in taking on everything that comes with being a part of the Firm. I would be very surprised if these two don’t get married.

    • bluhare says:

      I agree with you about Harry seeming to want a partner. I think it’s awfully sweet, and I sort of think he’s been that way all along. He really doesn’t have a huge history with women, like you’d think if he was picking up randoms, but when he finds someone he loves, he sticks with them, and then when he’s drunk bellows sweet nothings down the phone. I just find it so endearing.

      • Suze says:

        Let’s hope Watercress Allthruster is a good partner.

        She’s such a cipher right now it’s hard to tell.

  21. My2Pence says:

    So, what will William do to sabotage the positive coverage of Harry surrounding this event?

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      William does not intentionally do things to sabotage Harry. But when it comes to William and bad press, few people do it better, lately. The veterans’ dinner should be quite lovely and if Alex Skaarsgard shows up Harry will be riding high for quite some time.

      • bluhare says:

        Now that’s the question, Snarky. I just said so up above. Will Alex show up??? WIll they drink out of the one guy’s prosthetic leg? Oh my, it ought to be a party!

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        You’re making me thirsty!

    • LAK says:

      My2pence: yes….what will William do?

      I think considering JLP doesn’t run his office anymore, and chucky is now in charge, the sabotage might not be as blatant or he won’t be allowed to overshadow Harry.

      • My2Pence says:

        That would be a nice change, especially since JLoP was often photographed fawning over Kate Middleton (oh, and William). It’ll be nice if there is an even-handed approach to Harry vs. William PR from now on. Not holding my breath though.

  22. aquarius64 says:

    “… but she wants to marry Harry and she’s willing to put in the work for it too.”

    Her PR team through the press is trying to show Cressy is not another aristocratic jump-off. There’s nothing unique about her; and the quote I put up shows she’s thirsty for that HRH to go before her name. It doesn’t matter if Cressy is running game, at the end of the day HARRY is calling the shots.

    • My2Pence says:

      You do understand that that quote was from Kaiser here on CB, right? It is merely her *opinion*. She does not know any more about the inner workings of Cressida’s heart than anyone else here. And Kaiser and CB are NOT on Cressida’s PR team (if she has one), no matter what some people might think.

      The Cressida bashing is reaching new heights. This is also what was done to Chelsy for so many years. Harry gets to call the shots, yes. He gets to decide whom he asks out, and right now that person is Cressida. Cressida, not upset members of the fandom who potentially want Harry for themselves so they take their frustrations out on an innocent stranger.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Thank you My2Pence.

        I’m amazed at how few people are able to weed out the good and reliable quotes from all the fluff. And by fluff, I mean the crap made up by the press (including false quotes) and opinions.

      • LAK says:

        My2Pence: i’m with you there. Really don’t understand the Cressida bashing from the public.

        I understand what the media is doing, but I fail to see what the public bashing is founded on.

        Extrapolating my thought further, no one can know how someone is going to turn out as a royal. The worst of the lot on paper from the last 30 years (Diana) turned out to be a magnificent royal whilst the best of the lot on paper from the last 30 years (Kate) has turned out to be a dud royal.

        Cressida can only fall between these two or outdo either one. We shall not know until and IF she becomes a royal.

  23. LadySlippers says:

    But where is that quote coming from? I think it’s the press pushing this forward, nothing more.

    • bluhare says:

      But you’ve got to admit there’s an awful lot of it. I see your point, but I’m wondering if it’s more than that. (Perhaps I should say I hope it’s more than that.)

      • Lady D says:

        If you guys have a minute, I need another English lesson. To be totally ‘chuffed’ means to be really happy, right?
        What does chav or chavvy mean? I cannot figure this one out?

      • LadySlippers says:

        Chav or chavvy is the American equivalent to trailer park trash or white trash.

        Hope that helps. :-)

      • LadySlippers says:

        But Bluhare, just because the press says something and says it a lot — it doesn’t mean it’s true! lol

        Because how many people believe:

        > That Will and Kate got ’2 years’ transition time?

        OR

        > That Will and Kate are part time Royals?

        OR

        > That the Queen ‘commands’ her family in everything? (And they listen????)

        OR

        > That Charles doesn’t want to be overshadowed so he’s ‘forcing’ them to not work? (Essentially)

        OR (to head down a different path)

        > That Diana was never criticised as Pss of Wales? And it’s only poor Kate that gets criticised? (Emphasising the whole Saint Diana post death)

        Most of these are widely held beliefs by people yet NONE of these can be verified and most are/were press creations.

        So, just because we see a lot of ‘Cressida wants to get hitched’ doesn’t make it true. That’s my point.

        I’m starting to think that while Harry might want to get married, it’s not an urgent and immediate desire that the press is making it out to be. (Again, not saying he doesn’t but but….)

        I’m also starting to lean towards the fact that the press has kinda been kept hush over the last few months (reusing ‘sources’) and now they are going batsh*t crazy with their media blitz. It is feeling a tad forced as mentioned by others and that gets me asking why. What aren’t we being told here? The quotes from Cressida’s camp sound like a typical 25 year old (doesn’t want to get married yet and keeping options open). So why is the press shoving this down our throat? What’s their angle beyond money?

        Hmmmmm….

      • fairy godmother says:

        I had no idea chav or chavvy meant that. For some odd reason I thought it referred to the “Towie” type- is that the same thing or the Made in Chelsea group?

      • LadySlippers says:

        @fairy godmother,

        It explains it here.

        http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=towie

      • fairy godmother says:

        @LadySlippers- Thank you for your reference. That is really the most vile and disgusting description- and naturally they have a TV show!
        Thanks again- always a wealth of information.

  24. Ncognita says:

    Bollocks. The only reason she’s willing to cohost is for the chance to meet Askars. ;)

  25. DameEdna says:

    Chav = trailer trash = bogan = absolutely no taste, dahling.