Prince Harry remembers the ‘painfully awkward’ first date with Cressida Bonas

Cressida and Harry, pictured in 2017, dated in college before rekindling their romance following her split from Prince Harry

Cressida and Harry, pictured in 2017, dated in college before rekindling their romance following her split from Prince Harry

Harry Wentworth-Stanley, associate director at Savills estate agent, is the son of Nick Wentworth-Stanley, a debonaire Old Etonian, and Clare, now the Marchioness of Milford Haven, who acquired the title on her second marriage to Harry’s stepfather, the Marquess of Milford Haven.

Before his relationship with his current wife became official, Harry, who is dashingly handsome and six feet tall, was regarded as one of London’s most eligible bachelors.

He inherited his looks from his mother, Clare, a beauty who remains dazzling. There was a brother, James, four years his senior, and a younger sister, Louisa. When Harry was a child, his mother and father divorced. In 1997, Clare married George, Marquess of Milford Haven, a cousin of the Queen, herself divorced and has two children.

The family settled in Great Trippetts, a 400-acre estate in the Sussex Downs. For a while life was perfect. Clare remained on good terms with her former husband, Nick Wentworth-Stanley, who later married Dutch beauty Millie Brenninkmeyer, with whom he had three more children.

Shortly before Christmas 2006, the Marquess and Marchioness went to stay with Nick and his wife in Worcestershire with their children. James, Harry’s older brother, was recovering from relatively minor surgery. The operation was a success, but James had become very anxious in the days that followed.

Harry Wentworth-Stanley, an associate director at estate agent Savills, is the son of Nick Wentworth-Stanley, a debonair Old Etonian, and Clare, now the Marchioness of Milford Haven, who acquired the title after her second marriage to Harry's stepfather.  , the Marquess of Milford Haven.  In the photo the Marquis and Marquise in 2017

Harry Wentworth-Stanley, associate director at Savills estate agent, is the son of Nick Wentworth-Stanley, a debonaire Old Etonian, and Clare, now the Marchioness of Milford Haven, who acquired the title on her second marriage to Harry’s stepfather, the Marquess of Milford Haven. In the photo the Marquis and Marquise in 2017

One night, the family discovered that James had committed suicide. They were devastated by the tragedy.

Clare was shocked by her son’s suicide. Touchingly, it was Harry, then 17, who helped her through it. She said in an interview 18 months after James’s death, “For the sake of the other kids, you have to lead by example. If you are strong, it gives them permission to be strong. If you fall to pieces, so will they.

Harry's father is Nick Wentworth-Stanley, pictured, a debonaire Old Etonian

Harry’s father is Nick Wentworth-Stanley, pictured, a debonaire Old Etonian

“The day after James died, his brother Harry said his greatest fear was that it would destroy me, and it would destroy everything else. It suddenly made me feel how important I was.’

The family founded James’ Place in his memory, a suicide prevention charity for men that now runs centers in London and Liverpool.

The couple had a serious relationship when they were both students at Leeds University. The couple was known to their audience – for reasons that are unclear – as ‘Water-Cress’. The romance petered out when he left for Argentina for a gap year in 2011 after graduating.

Friends have previously said that Cressida wasn’t quite over Harry when another Harry – Prince Harry himself – started pursuing her in the summer of 2012 and sparked a romance. There were concerts, rugby matches, skiing trips and fun nights at Kensington Palace.

However, the couple split in 2014 after three years together.

The following year, Harry Wentworth-Stanley and Cressida were photographed celebrating Valentine’s Day, though their relationship went public and official in 2017.

In August last year, Harry proposed during a trip to the US and the couple’s smile in the Instagram announcement told followers everything they needed to know about their love for each other.

Harry as a young boy with his stepfather, Marquess of Milford Haven (left), sister Louise (front), mother Clare (centre), the Marquess's brother Lord Ivar Mouthbatten, his children Ella and Alix and then wife Penny (right) at Cowdray Park in 2001

Harry as a young boy with his stepfather, Marquess of Milford Haven (left), sister Louise (front), mother Clare (centre), the Marquess’s brother Lord Ivar Mouthbatten, his children Ella and Alix and then wife Penny (right) at Cowdray Park in 2001

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