Cressida Bonas would rather go to Burning Man than marry Prince Harry

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As we discussed on Friday, there was a weird Daily Mail story about Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas last week. Something about a “wedding summit” and how an engagement announcement was definitely going to happen this year, with a royal wedding happening next year. Interestingly enough, many sites and even legit news outlets picked up the story. Then, late Friday, People Magazine put their own spin on it with their royal sources, and it sounds very much like the official royal people are trying to push back against whatever Cressida Bonas’ people are telling the UK tabloids. That’s how I’m reading it, anyway.

A source doubts that there’s any such summit taking place to map out a road to the altar for the pair. In fact, the source says, it’s unlikely any plans for an engagement would be known to anyone but the couple.

“If they were going to get engaged, Harry would want to keep it so very quiet,” the source says. “And they aren’t the sort of family that needs to have a ‘summit’ over an engagement.”

Harry… is likely to follow in his brother’s footsteps and keep an engagement as low-key as possible – while he can. After all, his brother, Prince William, proposed to Kate in secret while they were away together in Africa before announcing it to the world. But there’s no doubt that Harry, 29, and Cressida, 25, are “very serious,” as a family friend told PEOPLE late last year.

[From People]

Ha, so it’s the idea of a “summit” that is distasteful to the royal courtiers. HOW GAUCHE. And while it’s true, there probably won’t be a “summit” for Harry, that doesn’t discount the idea that Cressida’s blue-blood family won’t hold a “summit” to try to convince her to stop playing waitying games. One must never tell a ginger prince to waity! So, obviously, the Mail published a completely contradictory story over the weekend about how Cressida is still unsure if she wants to marry Harry:

Their romance may be going from strength to strength – but if Prince Harry thinks that his glamorous young girlfriend Cressida Bonas is ready for marriage he can think again. Cressida, 25, has told friends she has no plans of becoming a Royal bride within the next 12 months and would prefer smitten Harry to wait before asking for her hand in marriage. The couple have been dating for two years, but observers have noted that their relationship has become far more serious in recent weeks.

However, a close friend of the couple said the former dance student ‘has yet to make up her mind about what she wants to do… Cressida is very busy and has lots to do. Marriage is not something she’s considering yet. She has just started a new job where she’s being paid the usual salary for someone of her age – i.e. peanuts – and she has found a flat to rent with her friend Daisy. She is doing all the things that people in their 20s should be doing. Who knows what might have changed by this time next year but that is how she wants it to be. She doesn’t want to miss out on that chapter – she’s not that kind of girl. That said, her mother is ecstatic and would love them to get engaged.’

Although Harry, 29, has made it clear to his girlfriend that he is besotted – and that he would love to pop the question – Cressida’s determination not to rush things also stems from the fact that few of her closest friends have settled down.

The source said: ‘When Cressida’s good chum Missy Percy got engaged to one of Harry’s best friends, Tom Van Straubenzee, she was really happy for them because they had been together for several years. However, she noted that Missy was only 25 at the time and she thinks that’s really young.’

Instead, free-spirited Cressida, who recently started a new job in marketing, is busy planning her adventures for the year ahead. In addition to hiring a tipi with friends for the Glastonbury Festival in June, she is planning a trip to Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the Caribbean this summer. She will be travelling with her half-sister Isabella, who is married to Sir Richard’s son Sam. Cressida also wants to attend the Burning Man festival, a cultural event that takes place in the Nevada desert at the end of August.

The friend said: ‘Cressida has always wanted to go to Burning Man and she’s been talking about joining a huge gang who are going this year. It’s unlikely Harry will be able to go, though. It is such an effort – you have to book flights to San Francisco and then hire an RV and fill it with food because no money is exchanged on the festival site. It takes lots of planning and months of saving. Those are the kind of big events on Cressie’s horizon at the moment, not weddings.’

[From The Daily Mail]

The Mail goes on to say that Harry had a “boys’ night” with some of his posh mates a few nights ago and they were teasing him about the stag night they would plan for him. For whatever reason (??), I guess I sort of believe this Mail story, at least when it comes to Cressida’s plans for the future. I love that the Mail is trying to make it sound like she’s just started this exciting new career that she loves… all while she plans her next three major vacations (Glastonbury, Necker Island and Burning Man). While I think it’s safe to say that Cressida’s work ethic is questionable, I guess I have to give her props for wanting to have some interesting vacations and experiences. I mean, she won’t be able to go to Burning Man when she’s a member of the royal family. Might as well do it now.

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  1. QQ says:

    No Shade To The Ginger But…So Would I!

    • BreeinSEA says:

      I would totally get all I could out of my system before becoming a member of that family. You can’t even smoke a j without being paranoid (more than usual) once youre in.

  2. paola says:

    I don’t blame her! Burning Man is f-ing awesome!

    • Bridget says:

      Though I like that they’re trying to play it off as though she’d actually have to save up for the trip to Burning Man.

      • paola says:

        ‘you have to book flights to San Francisco and then hire an RV and fill it with food because no money is exchanged on the festival site. It takes lots of planning and months of saving’

        It sounds such a hard work doesn’t it!
        When i went to Burning Man i came back covered in dirt and sand and with my face burnt and some of the skin peeling off (gross), but the smile on my face was so big because i had so much fun. Rich people really have no idea.. they really don’t know how to have fun..

      • FLORC says:

        I went to Burning Man. It really is an experience, but it’s not for everyone.
        Yes, you can go and camp and have good fun, but the drug and hedonistic lifestyle there is at times overwhelming.
        The security is working overtime to prevent raping and drugging (since drugs are used in trade and currency is not allowed).
        I saw amazing things and terrible things. Glad I did it, but would never do it again.

        And at least 1 jerk always gets hurt trying to light the statue early or climbing and falling off.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        FLORC
        You went to Burning Man?!?
        You will always find a way to shock/amaze me. I can’t wait for Blu to see this.

    • raindrop says:

      Seriously, she already sounds far more interesting than I’d assumed. However … I doubt Cressida has to save anything to afford Burning Man.

      • LadySlippers says:

        You are assuming her parents are supporting her — that’s not something we know one way or another.

        (They probably are a little bit, most likely helping with her flat/apartment, but it’s not a huge % like what I think most people assume)

      • Memme says:

        I’m assuming the percentage of her bank account that comes from her parents is a majority share. Cressida was born into a certain lifestyle, raised a certain way her ‘peanuts’ paycheck cannot possibly maintain. Cressida’s family supports her. Greatly. There is nothing wrong with that. That they are able to and willing, more power to them. Let’s not pretend her primary source of income is the paycheck from her job. I can’t play devil’s advocate with that one.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Using Diana as an example (and she was quite typical in this arrangement), her mother purchased her flat but Diana needed to have roommates in order to still afford the place. Diana did not get a steady stream of income of income from either parent. Sarah had a similar issue but she lived with boyfriends to solve it. The press has hinted the very same things for both York Princesses too. Andrew paid for their flat but their day-to-day expenses are theirs.

        So not all aristos float entirely on parents’ money.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Lady
        Diana actually had lots of disposable income. Often the wealthy “make” their children get “jobs” so they don’t appear to be over indulging, out of touch parents. But they fully intend to see their little special snowflakes live the good life.cressida’s family appears to be no different in this regard, imo. If Cress were to lose her entry level job absolutely nothing ih her life would change imo. Besides, what girl outside her lifestyle could finance three splendid vacations like the ones mentioned without help?

      • LadySlippers says:

        Snark,

        One of the better bios actually debunked that myth. Diana did not have a lot of ‘disposable income’ as you put it. Mummy paid for her flat but Diana had to pay the bills and such. The only way she could have affirded the flat was having three other young women be her room mates.

        Granted, her parents would bail her out but it wasn’t at all what you are thinking it was. And as you’ve said, a lot of aristos do want their kids to learn how to rough it until they establish themselves and learn a modicum of responsiblity.

  3. LadySlippers says:

    I just read this story! Lol

    And another go-around on the mixed messages the press and Harry/Cressida camp engage in (press makes up crap and Harry/Cressida camp ‘sets the record straight’). If the press would stop making crap up we might not have all this back and forth.

    My guess is it’s a fairly typical romance of 20 year olds. I’m starting to also think this may fizzle in a year because it sounds as if she wants to do ‘normal’ stuff and not Royal stuff. Can’t say I blame her.

    • fairy godmother says:

      Could be- or that Harry just has not made any effort to propose? I still believe she is in it for the long haul because marrying a prince will benefit her greatly.

      I am with you about all these contradicting pr stories. It is called CYA= as in cover your a_s!

      Interesting how many reports are out and no more reports on their trip funded by questionable unknown characters and the image of the tusk licker photo ridiculing the slaughter of innocent animals.

      • LadySlippers says:

        I don’t think it’s a given she’s in for the long haul. If you go and read stuff from all around the world, including Harry, most women actually RUN not walk away from a prince. Prince after prince have all spoken that they have to do an enormous amount of convincing for a woman to walk down the aisle. Date, very quietly yes, but marry? No.

        And with every press created marriage story, there’s a fairly quick reply of NO Cressida wants to be normal and is in no rush to be married. These retorts from Cressida’s side are pretty firm and consistent too.

      • kay says:

        ladyslippers I like there retorts are firm because Cressida has not been proposed to and frankly I would think it would be really awkard to keep hearing how bad your boyfriend wants to marry you and nothing. we shall see.

      • fairy godmother says:

        I think the CYA affect is more about saving face in case things do not work out between them.

        I think their PR has been pushing too hard and inconsistent from playing hard to get to finally ready to marry him to engagement summit and now she wants to do other things first.

        So to me it is all nonsense and I will wait it out to see how this saga ends. I still believe she will “wait” it out for the benefits of living a fairly carefree way of life with little to no effort of work only more socializing. Whatever the results I will happily share some champagne with everyone just to get past this will she or won’t she phase.

        I think if anything they will announce in the fall to early winter after he has made his rounds across the globe sucking up goodwill PR-

  4. lunchcoma says:

    Can’t say I blame her. Harry seems lovely, but given all his family baggage, I think I’d probably also see him as someone fun to spend time with now rather than a husband-to-be type. Cressida is only 25 and already has access to all kinds of privilege, so I don’t know if she’d be as eager to join the royal family.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Agreed. I don’t blame Cressida for wanting a normal life.

      I am starting to think we’ll see an end to the relationship in about a year or less. They were able to keep this normal for a little over a year but my guess is now that the press is having a field day with this — she’ll decide Harry and his *press* baggage just ain’t worth it.

      • lunchcoma says:

        That’s my suspicion as well. I don’t know if Harry’s going to find a woman to settle down with any time soon, even if he’s explicitly looking for that. He seems to be attracted to independent or free-spirited women who aren’t as likely to be on board with his responsibilities. I think he may need to wait until the free spirits are a bit older and find one who’s gotten a bit of living in already, or consider pursuing different sorts of women.

      • Bridget says:

        I disagree with you ladies on this. I don’t think the York girls would have set them up if Cressida was really that press shy, or if she wasn’t amenable to getting married at some point. All of the scrutiny and press speculation was to be expected, after all. I’m not saying that they’ll get engaged this week, but I do think it’ll happen at some point. She’s a suitable girl, he’s at the point where everyone around him is getting married…

      • LadySlippers says:

        Lunchie,

        I think Harry needs to find a woman that wants to get married from the get go. Cressida, from the sounds of it, doesn’t want to get married right now *at all*.

        Bridget,

        I get what you’re saying and Cressida might be a good fit for Harry, BUT even then, you have to find the right person at the right time. The very best matchmakers can’t even guarantee that. I think Eugenie might have found a decent match for her cousin but the spotlight he comes with is going to be pretty hard for most to endure — sometimes you only know that afterwards and not before.

        How many guys have you said was ‘right’ for you but was the wrong time for one or both of you? I know I have a few in my history….

      • lunchcoma says:

        I, uh, might have one or two or *cough* five or six *cough* romances like that, LadySlippers.

        I can see some theoretical 30-something version of Cressida being a good match for Harry. A lot of arty, adventurous young people enjoy exploring for a few years, and then are more comfortable having a settled life with occasional creative outlets. I don’t really see him falling for the sort of woman who’s already thinking about marriage and family in her early 20s (nothing wrong with that, of course, but it doesn’t fit well with Harry’s past choices), so perhaps he’ll meet someone who both has the right personality and is open to marriage as he gets a bit older.

      • Bridget says:

        @LS: I don’t mean that because they were set up that they therefore must be compatible, somuch as the that she was more ”pre-screened”. I’m skeptical that at this juncture in his life, they would have set up Harry with a girl that wouldn’t be okay with the attention that comes with dating him, and who wouldn’t at least be okay with the marriage talk. I’m not saying that Harry and Cressida are a sure thing, but I am saying that they’re probably more on the same page than the PR game (true or make believe) makes it out. Its not like he just walked into a flower shop and was struck by the bohemian girl behind the counter, and they must now see if their lives can mesh – she’s still of the right sort of family, from his social circle…

    • paola says:

      I don’t think Harry’s future wife will have the importance or media coverage that Kate had.

      • lunchcoma says:

        I don’t think it would be anything like Kate’s coverage, paola, but it would absolutely affect her life. Sophie is pretty low profile, but she still had to give up her job and is expected to dress and behave in a particular way. I suspect that Cressida would receive somewhat more attention and scrutiny, and I think it’s enough to give a lot of women pause.

      • paola says:

        I agree that she’ll receive more attention and scrutiny but I don’t think people will go crazy over her. Anyway I don’t think they’ll ever marry… plus looking at these pics it looks like Harry lost his wild beauty and now just looks a lot like his very unattractive father.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Paola,

        I’m going to have to disagree with you. Sarah got *almost* equal billing with Diana regardless of the fact that Andrew was lower on the totem pole. Diana’s daughter-in-laws will not be treated any differently than Diana and Sarah were. Plus, Harry has a slight edge in popularity because he seems to inherited Diana’s charm. Harry’s wife will be under intense scrutiny.

      • fairy godmother says:

        Payola- if current comments on this woman are taken in to account then I think public will detest her from the get go. They will wait for the media reports then go to town on negative comments.

        The public saw this act once before with Waity- they seem to be fed up with this charade- jmho.

      • fairy godmother says:

        Paola- please forgive me for misspelling your name!

      • paola says:

        @fairy godmother

        No worries! Actually it sounds cute and exotic. I’d say better than the original one!

  5. mimif says:

    Cressida on the playa…I’m chuckling pretty hard right now (and I’m not a Burner).

  6. eliza says:

    Burning Man, exciting. Royal life, boring.

  7. Coco says:

    Ahahaha! I love the description of burning man in this article. Yes, SO much work to book flights and rent an RV to fill with food. Nevermind the countless weeks and months artists and community members put in to actually create the event. Bahahaha!

  8. HH says:

    If this is true, I do like that she travels and has interesting experiences. If this is not true, then it’s one of the best news stories I’ve heard. You wear a few scrunchies and then all of sudden they have you pegged as a “Burning Man” type of girl. LOL! I mean she may have gone to Glastonbury but Burning Man is an experience all to itself.

    • Cecilia says:

      “Burning Man is an experience all to itself. ”

      Definitely not for the faint of heart.

  9. Liberty says:

    Let the games begin!

    But I have to say I would do what she’s supposedly thinking of doing too. Do what I want, go to Burning Man etc., and mainly, figure out what I wanted, before putting on the royal headclamp. Even with the lovely Ginger Prince, you have to be sure.

  10. FingerBinger says:

    I can’t figure out if she’s cute or not because all I see is forehead when I look at her.

  11. Lucky Charm says:

    If Prince Harry really was ready to settle down and get married now, he would be dating a woman who was also ready to get married. I second the idea that they won’t be a couple by this time next year.

    • lunchcoma says:

      That’s what someone looking to settle down ought to be doing, but sometimes people get so focused on making sure someone checks off all the requirements on their marriage list that they miss the fact that the other person isn’t looking toward marriage yet. I don’t know if that’s the case with Harry, but I’ve seen both men and women I know make that mistake, so I don’t think it’s entirely out of the question.

      • LadySlippers says:

        100% agree Lunchie. Sometimes in the excitement of finding a new love you ignore or overlook things that seem fairly obvious to the rest of us — like having the same life goals.

      • Bridget says:

        I said this further up, but if Harry is indeed ready to settle down (which he has publicly joked about) I have my doubts that his cousins would have set him up with a girl wholly uninterested in marriage. And aside from her press protestations, her actions speak otherwise: moving away from the performing side of dance, and attending a public event with Harry, and continuing this VERY high profile romance now that he’s settled into a desk job. Really, the only evidence we have of any reluctance on her part is just the press saying so.

  12. Memme says:

    Whether true or false, there sure are a lot of details about Cressida’s wants, needs, and desires for herself… Add to that the usual ‘Harry’s head over heels, she’s not ready’ angle. I wish the press would get a new angle. Or at least wait for something to write about.

    I don’t see these two heading down the aisle. There are people who have multiple long-term relationships in their lifetime that don’t lead to marriage, more often than not because they don’t want it to. In fact, I hear most people experience that.

  13. InvaderTak says:

    Have they really been dating for 2 years? That’s seems like a lot.

    • LadySlippers says:

      They haven’t been dating that long. They were introduced in May 2012 but didn’t really get serious until Jan 2013 after Harry got back from Afghanistan.

  14. Mllejuliette says:

    Is it me or does she seem a little too young to be settling down–not only in age, but in attitude? I don’t think Harry and Cressida will marry at all.

    • HH says:

      Well, if the reports are to be believed (and I go back and forth on this) then she has a healthy mindset for 25 year old. There’s just so much to see and do. With her resources, it would be a shame to “settle” so early. I’m not using settle in the terms of comprising, but in terms of complacency. She has money and connections. Why wouldn’t she go off and see the world? It’s the time for to be young…and restless. Bold… and beautiful. ;)

    • Bohemia says:

      I agree, I commented below that she seems like a ‘young’ 25. On one hand yes, she is young and has plenty of time to get married and explore life. On the other hand, 25 is a pretty good age to be getting your career underway, and start thinking about what kind of future you want for yourself. This girl is wearing sparkly sneakers and talking about going to Burning Man. Probably not ready to get married, lol.

  15. Talie says:

    If he strings her along like his brother did to Kate — we are in for a very, very long decade of leaks and plants by Team Cressida. Lord have mercy…

  16. kay says:

    these stories are getting stupid now with the back and forth. all these stories about reluctant little cressie girl always sound to me like her pr camp and family are trying to make her look better than harry and that she cant be bothered. I will say again that I don’t think these two are solid. they are making cressie look like she is playing hard to get at harrys expense. I may be wrong but that’s the vibe I keep getting evrytime I see a picture of them together which is not a lot of pictures. there were also the pictures of harry going out without Cressida the other night and as usual a story pops up about how she doesn’t want to marry him

  17. Dame Snarkweek says:

    Either they are secretly commited to marry and have decided to let Cressy have a bit of fun first or Harry is hoping that if he is patient enough Cressy will be ready to settle down and marry.

    It seems they are terribly fond of one another but I just don’t see Cressy cutting ribbons and changing diapers for at least another 5-7 years. And that’s okay.

    If I were Harry I would be worried about the Necker Island trip. Cressy will be surrounded by private wealth, personal freedom/spontaneity and unapologetic luxury in a way that owes no explanation or accountability to any taxpayers. Quite the opposite if she marries him.

    • FLORC says:

      I think this just seems very well played. Harry and Cressida have been flying so well under the radar for so long.
      That it’s getting more attention now brings out the theories and stories.

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      This is why I don’t believe Harry and Cressida’s story will be authored by the media, no matter how the story is spun. I give them credit for that.

  18. Squeakie says:

    She will come back from burning man with geometric patterns shaved into her head and will dump Harry for a chick in leather that she met at the vagina shaving tent.

  19. Bohemia says:

    If this story is true, Cressida is a ‘young’ 25. Starting to think there is nothing too serious between these two and they’re just having fun.

  20. annieanne says:

    I love that the Mail is trying to make it sound like she’s just started this exciting new career that she loves… all while she plans her next three major vacations

    Stop thinking like an American. She’s a Brit; she probably gets 4-5 weeks vacation a year.