Cressida Bonas did not co-host Prince Harry’s St. James Palace dinner last night


Here ^^ is a “selfie” that Cressida Bonas allegedly posted to Tumblr as part of the no-makeup selfie campaign to raise money and awareness of breast cancer prevention and research. I kind of have my doubts that Cressida consciously posted this no-makeup selfie recently, and for the express purpose of breast cancer awareness, but that’s the official story so let’s go with that.

Over the weekend, Prince Harry hosted a dinner event for Walking with the Wounded, specifically for the men and women who underwent the South Pole challenge late last year. Cressida was widely rumored/reported to be the “cohost” of the event, a big step for a royal girlfriend. But it didn’t happen. Katie Nicholl at Vanity Fair says that Cressida wasn’t there.

Cressida Bonas was rumored to be attending her first official engagement at St. James’s Palace, but Prince Harry’s stunning girlfriend was reportedly notably absent at last night’s dinner to celebrate Walking with the Wounded’s recent adventure to the South Pole. According to my sources, Cressida was not at the lavish three-course champagne supper hosted by Prince Harry in the Queen’s apartments, even though she was expected to attend.

“Cressida wasn’t there, even though we were hoping she would be,” one Walking with the Wounded insider tells me.

A royal aide confirms Cressida was not at the dinner, saying she was not due to attend in the first place. There was much excitement that the 25-year-old would be making her debut appearance at the official dinner, having recently stepped out publicly with Prince Harry to a charity engagement and a rugby match, further fuelling rumors the two are about to announce an engagement.

According to the source, servicemen and women who took part in the charity trek were invited to the Palace and told they could bring wives and girlfriends to last night’s dinner, which was by all accounts a great celebration.

Harry and Cressy have just got back from a skiing holiday to Kazakhstan, so perhaps dancer Cressy was feeling a little tired after all the après ski?

[From Vanity Fair]

Or maybe Harry didn’t want Cressida to meet his Viking lover Alexander Skarsgard? Ha! Just thought I’d throw that out there. I have no idea if Alex came to the palace, but I suspect he didn’t. Anyway, it’s far more likely that this is part of Cressida’s campaign to turn Harry into a Waity. That’s what “sources” keep saying – that Cressida is gun-shy about a royal engagement, that she’s not ready for all of the attention, that she’s making Harry wait(y).

Incidentally, Harry’s “friend” (I’ve never heard of this guy) Inge Solheim spoke about Harry and Cressida’s ski trip to Kazakhstan two weekends ago, and Inge says Cressida is merely a “young girl in love” and “The pressure Cressida is under, dealing with this kind of publicity, is absolutely terrible for a young girl.” She’s 25. I mean, she IS young and she’s relatively new at this whole “royal girlfriend” thing, but let’s not infantilize her. She’s 25.



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  1. Sarah says:

    Hmmm doesn’t want to do “royal work”? She’ll fit right in! 😉

    Side note: Why was Kate called Waity? I’m a latecomer to the royal gossip corners.

    • Tiffany says:

      Ahh Sarah. Just archive Waity here. You will be amazed…and laugh. But it will also give you a clear understanding of the name.

      If no time, short version if you prefer. She put her life and relationship with friends on hold for ten years waiting for Bill to come around and propose. In those ten years there were several breakups and infidelity on Bill’s part. He was looking for a better option for a wife and was rejected ( seriously, how many of his ex’s wedding has he attended), so the proposal came and the rest is history. The Waity moniker came from the UK press.

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        In fairness, the English press is world-famous for their tackiness and failed attempts at witticism and give everyone silly rhyming nicknames like “Waity Katy.” If they can’t come up with a good name, they just make one up and spin a story around the person to make it sound like there’s a reason for the name.

      • LAK says:

        To be fair, the ‘Waity’ moniker didn’t come from the british press though they ran with it. It came from the royal fan blogs. The royal fan blogs frequently create catchy, but derogatory nicknames for various royals and royal adjacent people.

        British Journalists have been caught on a few occasions trawling the royal fan blogs looking for material because they tend to be minefields of information especially pictures and really obscure or hard to find factoids.

        Many of Cressida’s pictures are also coming to the mainstream media via the royal fan blogs because as soon as she was identified back at that BATMAN premiere, most of, if not all, her social media pictures were downloaded by the blogs.

        it’s actually very lazy journalism because the work has been done for anyone who wishes to write a royal story.

      • LadySlippers says:

        As LAK stated, I can name several blogs that purposefully went hunting for Cressida’s pictures on her social media as well as her pics from her friends’ social media sites. They downloaded a ton of them before she set her IG to private.

      • mari says:

        Who is this Bill?

        Isn’t William’s nickname Wills?

      • LadySlippers says:

        William has several nicknames and Bill is one. As does Kate.

      • Sarah says:

        Ah thanks. I guessed it might have been a little rhyme. I’ll have to go down a Waity black hole in the archives!

      • LadySlippers says:

        Have fun Sarah! Lol

      • LAK says:

        ahh…Bill and Cathy! though my favourite ones in no particular order are: Willnot and Kannot, SeaBiscuit, William Baldtop and Kate the Hungry <– last 2 courtesy of our very own Vicereine Liberty.

      • FLORC says:

        Bill and Kate or Cathy because they want to appear so down to earth and “just like us”.

      • Rockymtnprincess says:

        Bill and Cathy….omg I love you guys…I just laughed hummus out my nose.

  2. HH says:

    The only thing I’ve gotten from this story is curiosity and confusion. How do no makeup selfies help raise money and bring attention to breast cancer? I mean, why a selfie? Let me do some research (Google).

    • HH says:

      Oh and if I hear one more story about this girl being nervous to marry him, I’m gonna lose my mind. The jig is up, girl. I know you’re already speaking with designers for the gown, planning the reception, and picking out baby names.

      • Cecilia says:

        You bet…wouldn’t you? Lol

      • Allie says:

        I cannot agree more. So now she didn’t get invited/attend this dinner because its part of her master plan to keep Harry on his toes? So over it.

      • HH says:

        @Allie – Right! And when dating a prince (who by all accounts is ready to marry), there should be no question about if the royal life is “right for you,” especially for her since she’s such close friends with the Yorks. She should only be taking it slow like she would with any other relationship– just to see if he’s “the one.”

      • Jackson says:

        Totally agree. Tired of hearing she’s afraid of the spotlight or not sure about marriage. I think the press is trying to make her into the “anti-Kate” going on the assumption that Kate wanted a royal marriage more than anything. And now we have the “gun-shy” Cressy who’s not sure the Royal Life is for her. Bleh. Not buying it.

    • People irk me... says:

      Because she waited so long for will. I actually think the waiting was the best thing. They look like a loving happy family that took time to get to know each other before jumping into marriage.

      • Abby_J says:

        I’m just glad that she didn’t gain a ton of weight with that sweet baby, or we’d be reading about ‘Weighty Katie’ everywhere.

    • LAK says:

      An 18yr old girl fighting cancer came up with the idea to raise money for a cancer charity by uploading a no-make up selfie with the hashtag ‘bare’ which results in a donation to the charity from each upload. She asked all her friends to do the same. it apparently took on a life of it’s own especially when celebrities became involved.

  3. MonicaQ says:

    It’s really nice to see him involved in a cause and working at it.

    /slow side eye towards his brother

    But anyway, what’s with the term “waity”? Is that a British thing?

    Edit: It’s further up. In my defense, I have only had 1 cup of coffee.

  4. Delta Juliet says:

    A “young girl” is 12 people. Not 25. Most of us were out of college or military and supporting ourselves by then, if not spouses and children too. Jesus.

    I’m just realizing I’m super bitchy today. Not sure if I should apologize for that or not 😉

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I’m feeling fed up today, too, so come sit by me.

      I would even say 16 is a young girl. 25 is a young woman. I was married by then. Not that it was a good idea, but still…

      • Nick says:

        Agree to an extent. I think life experiences play a major role in your maturity. For instance, I bet you Cressy and Inge have very few real world life experiences and as a result are a young 25 and consider themselves too young etc. Whereas a person in the service, a young single mother etc can be considered experienced at 20.

        Bottom line is that I agree that Cressy seems too young (immature) for the Royal responsibilities.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Very, very true, Nick. I was a “young” 25 and should not have been choosing a life partner then. And I’m not sure Cressy is mature enough for the RF yet, either. But I still wouldn’t refer to any 25 year old as a young girl. She’s a young woman, regardless of her maturity level.

      • cr says:


        Inge Solheim is 40, and is a polar guide, which is how he met Harry.

      • Nick says:

        @ cr – I hate when facts get in the way of my opinions…..

  5. We Are All Made of Stars says:

    So not only did she not co-host the damned thing, she didn’t even go to it? Can I now scream out “British press idiots, you are so freaking stupid?” because that’s honestly what I feel like doing right now. What a big FAIL on their parts. I hope they realize they have egg on their faces.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Really, do they just make this stuff up? I mean, of course they do, but it’s not like we weren’t going to find out it wasn’t true in three days. wtf?

      • LadySlippers says:

        The press *does* make stuff up.

        I’ve been trying to get people to realise this about the Royals and the stories swirling around them for awhile now.

        You’ve got to take almost every story as untrue until proven true. Sad but that’s a fact of life.

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        Yeah, they do make things up, but their stock and trade is getting people all worked up over stuff…and then presumably hoping that enough of it happens that their stories are believable and people will keep coming back for more. It just seems like with all these monarchy people, they just make up complete nonsense that is for the most part untrue. How do they maintain a readership if a reasonably sane person knows after three weeks of reading that 90% of what they say is garbage? It’s so obvious that these people are just winging it like the Weekly World News.

      • LadySlippers says:


        I have no idea how or why people keep reading, much less believing, the press’s stories.

        I think most people don’t actually ‘think’ when they read this kind of stuff. They must not.

        It honestly doesn’t surprise me that Cressida didn’t go because I’ll bet she wasn’t really invited, as it’s probably a more Royal event than was let on, and no girlfriend does official stuff. Only fiancées (or fiancés depending on gender of the Royal).

  6. mena says:

    But the bigger question, was Inge Solheim at the dinner?

  7. LAK says:

    Inge Solheim organised the Kazakhstan trip NOT Andrew. so for once Andrew was blameless here. It’s hard to be pissed at Inge Solheim because he also organised the WWTW. urgh talk about divided outlook on life. on the one hand he works terribly hard to help wounded soldiers and on the other Kazakhstan…….

    Ditto Harry.

    • bammer says:

      Inge also posted all the Alex Skarsgard naked on the toilet and in the snow pictures.

    • mena says:

      To be fair to WWTW, Inge Solheim was just one of their polar guides, he wasn’t a founder or anything. I believe other men organize & run that charity.

      The charity’s relationship with Solheim & his connection to this mess does make them look bad. But I believe the charity itself truly had no part in it.

      And I have no problem being pissed at Solheim for this. IMO, Solheim took advantage of the good relationship Harry had with WWTW.

      • LAK says:

        i thought he was more involved than that. Thanks for the correction. OK. i take back my previous sympathy.

        He describe himself as the world’s leading polar explorer and adventurer so i can see why heli-skiing in Kazakhstan might appeal without too much thought for politics.

      • cr says:

        Inge had some some several pissed off at the media tweets last week about the whole thing, But, it was a stupid move on his part.
        Whether he was taking advantage of the relationship with Harry, or it was just a stupid thing I have no idea.

      • mena says:

        LAK, I think if Solheim played a bigger role with WWTW then he would probably have mentioned the charity on his website. Instead, he’s just advertising his services.

        Strangely enough, Solheim says he can help business leaders “…make the right choices in high-pressure situations…”

        I doubt Prince Harry & the BRF would agree with him.

  8. kay says:

    im glad Kaiser is doing this article. I saw this on the dailyfail over the weekend and of course they instantly stopped comments on it for the weekend like they always do with this girl now. they will only let the comments go through when they moce the article off of the page. I wonder if Kaiser knows if this is because of her lawyers in th U.K.. anyway that selfie id ont believe for a minute was for breast cancer. that selfie got out and they are trying to cover it up by saying it is for cancer. lying about what it is for is horrible. the article from solheim is a joke. “Cressida is under a lot of pressure” is just funny. who is she under pressure from her mother. they are trying to make Cressida the opposite of how kate was perceived but I think it has gone to far as no believes for a minute that she is playing hard to get

  9. bettyrose says:

    Well, 25 can mean a lot of things. Some people are indeed already accomplished professionally, married, and raising children by 25. In the U.S. – and I imagine elsewhere – there is an increasing trend of semi-privileged kids (i.e. good homes/no trust fund) living at home and maintaining just enough employment to save up for ski vacations, etc. as sort of a “gap decade” between college and real life. Cressy still seems very young to me, but this is the life she was groomed for and is destined for (if not Harry, a duke of some sort), so I don’t think she’s too young and precious to marry into her own world and own circle of friends.

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      A gap DECADE? This is really happening? And to think that I thought I had heard it all when my uncle revealed that he gave both of my cousins a pot smoking allowance. No, seriously.

    • boredsuburbanhousewife says:

      You are certainly right about this post college gap decade business spreading. And one of the reasons is a growing acceptance that people in their twenties are “so terribly young.” We treat the 20s as some sort of extended adolescence and are willing to excuse all kinds of irresponsible or destructive behavior. 24 is not 14. Maybe if we raised expectations we would have less of this?

      • Andrea says:

        Perhaps, but at 33, I know a lot more people my age divorced more than I know married due to their poor marriage partner choices in their 20’s.

  10. pleaseicu says:

    She’s not a young girl. She’s 25. She lives on her own. She grew up in these aristo circles and all of the attention that comes with it. Maybe not to this degree but, as the press keeps reminding us, she’s besties with the York princesses, wasn’t her sister friends with William, and she is of high aristo blood and background and has even appeared at openings of stores, etc and was photographed there.

    She was also seeking a modeling and/or acting career at one point too IIRC. Was she expecting to work local dinner theater for her career and live a life of privacy? Because successful working actors/models base a lot of their bankability on promoting themselves and have to live with pap attention (wanted and unwanted).

    Also, it seems to me, she’s getting a very, very kind and light press and pap reception and treatment compared to Kate and Chelsy. It seems like the press was never kind to Chelsy and she was always treated as a leper to be put up with and way below Harry in “worth” rather than a significant and important presence in Harry’s life and as someone he loved. And IIRC the press did turn on Kate quite harshly when she didn’t live up to their expectations and narrative of her.

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      “She’s of a high aristo background and has even appeared at openings of stores”….heheheheheheheh. 🙂

    • kay says:

      her grandfather is a earl, and her mother has “lady” in front of her name. the british press is really snoby and she is getting more than just akind response from the british press, infact some (tattler, Ingrid seward and hello) are falling all over themselves with how perfect she is for harry and how beautiful she is. I think all of the fawning over her is what has turned me off of her because at first I though she was really cute and she would be a good match for harry because she was always around Eugenie and was probably used to what goes on around the royal family. now I think she is a clinger and needs a husband not buying the poor little girl story line about her.

      • LadySlippers says:

        The press fell all over Kate too. She was wholesome and a commoner which would be a nice jolt to the BRF….

        It’s the honeymoon phase if the press. It’ll turn soon enough.

      • kay says:

        thanks ladyslippers

      • LadySlippers says:

        The press is extremely fickle.
        Today’s darling is tomorrow’s trash.

  11. HWalesWatch says:

    Yes she did post that pic last week on her private Instagram with the same “text BEAT” to blah blah that everyone does on Instagram for this campaign. But it was her private account. And she is not on tumblr public or private.

  12. Cazzee says:

    She has great hair. That’s what I see when I look at pictures of her: great hair.

    No highlights, no lowlights, no single process, no extensions, no wiglet….just thick, beautiful, un-processed real blond hair that’s growing out of her head.

    Most natural blonds have fairly thin hair, but not Cressida.

    Her hair reminds me of a Palomino’s coat! (And I mean that as a compliment.)

  13. The Original Mia says:

    Well, we all knew she wasn’t co-hosting. She could come if she wanted to and she chose not to.

    • kay says:

      telling someone they can come if they want to is not cohosting. that doesn’t even sound like a invite to a girlfriend

      • The Original Mia says:

        Exactly! The press is quick to call them a couple, but they may simply be having lots of sex.

  14. aquarius64 says:

    i’m not surprised Cressy didn’t end up hosting that party. I don’t recall Kate co-hosting an event with William while they were dating. I believe the hype about her is fueled by her and/or her family just so she doesn’t look like another notch on the royal bed post. The claims to her trying to adjust to the pressure of being a royal girlfriend is a face-saving move to Cressy for being a no-show at the event. As for her running game, for all she and her family may know Harry may be on to her. If she’s playing hard to get she may not get got.

    • LadySlippers says:

      You discount the press and their shenanigans.

      Cressida was never going to ‘co-host’ this. That, plus a great many other things, is pure press fiction.

      It’s in the press’s benefit to spin Cressida into ‘The One’. Her family & friends has given a few bones but the press have beaten a dead horse with those few bones– which is why so many people up thread and on other posts are already ‘over it’.

      And as LAK pointed out, several Royal blogs have been *trying* to dig up anything and everything on Cressida. Much like they did with Chelsy and Harry.

      The press has way more to do with this ‘story’ than you give them credit for.

  15. ray says:

    Cressida deserves better. That inbred family’s popularity is beyond my understanding. Leeches of top order. Harry’s may be better then rest of royals but out in the world i don’t get his appeal. (not for his so called personality/PR).

  16. John says:

    No-makeup– except for the eyebrow pencil, eye shadow and mascara.
    And she’s not family yet, he hasn’t even officially proposed. He is not required or even expected to bring a date to official events, and a commoner “co-hosting” a royal’s charity dinner (for an organization she has no real attachment to) is a ridiculous idea.

    • LadySlippers says:

      In all technicality, Harry and Anne are also ‘commoners’ as only the Sovereign and Peers* are not. Everyone else holds their title as a courtesy because of how they are related to an actual title holder.

      *Peeresses suo jure (peeresses that hold titles in their own right) are included.