Belfast Telegraph

Harry's romance heating up?

Britain's Prince Harry's relationship with Cressida Bonas is apparently heating up after she was invited to spend the weekend at the royal family's private estate.

The red-headed royal has been dating dancer Cressida Bonas for around 15 months, and there have even been rumours the pair are already living together. Now it seems the relationship has been acknowledged by Harry's family members after Cressida spent a few days shooting on Queen Elizabeth II's private estate.

"A weekend at Sandringham is almost a rite of passage for any future royal bride," a source told British newspaper The Sun. “Harry has an extremely demanding role in the military and it’s the perfect place for him to unwind with those he dearly wants to be around.

“Cressie has been given the royal seal of approval. Of that there is no doubt.

“Harry is smitten and treats her like a princess.”

Harry's brother Prince William and his wife Catherine are said to have invited Cressida to the christening of his son Prince George last week. However, Harry and Cressida apparently didn't want to attract too much attention by going to the high-profile event together, so she decided to stay at home.

“Wills and Kate have grown very fond of Cressie and the time was right to move things forward in terms of protocol. The christening was tricky. No one wanted a situation where Cressie’s presence may have diverted attention away from Prince George," the source added.

“But considering Harry’s age and this very significant step, the feeling is this relationship is very special indeed. The royal family are more guarded than ever. But the public will soon start seeing Cressie with Harry more and more often, albeit within a controlled environment.

“This doesn’t mean it is staged, but that the royals see her as someone they must protect. This is not some brief romance.”

Speculation has been rife for a few months that 29-year-old Harry will soon ask Cressida to marry him, with some rumours suggesting the pair may already be secretly engaged.

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