SINCE it emerged in April that Prince Harry’s talk about marriage had spooked his free-spirited girlfriend, Cressida Bonas has been wooed relentlessly by the fourth in line to the British throne.
The 24-year-old alumna of the Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has, however, identified another potential obstacle to their future union: Kate Middleton.
According to friends of Cressida, the Duke of Cambridge’s wife would not welcome her marriage to Prince Harry, who turns 30 next year. This is said to be because Cressida’s half-sister, Isabella Calthorpe, was the subject of Prince William’s unrequited affections.
“Kate does not like Isabella because William loved her, and that caused their break-up. Bella’s treatment at the royal wedding won’t be forgotten.”
Calthorpe, who married Sam Branson, the son of Sir Richard earlier this year, was invited to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in 2011, but was not allowed to enter either of the two receptions that followed. It is understood that she had to be given a lift home before lunch by Guy Ritchie, the film director.
William and Kate split up temporarily in 2007 after he fell for Isabella, then an actress. Following her rejection of his romantic overtures, he returned to Kate.