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Old 12-24-2013, 08:00 PM
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Different situations, IMO. Those were William's friends, not Kate's. So it's only normal that his friends lost contact with her when she was no longer William's girl. But Chelsy is friends with many of Harry's friends. As I said, they are also HER friends, independent of her being with Harry or not. Some she knew before she even met Harry. So, no reason for them not to remain friends.
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:15 PM
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Different situations, IMO. Those were William's friends, not Kate's. So it's only normal that his friends lost contact with her when she was no longer William's girl. But Chelsy is friends with many of Harry's friends. As I said, they are also HER friends, independent of her being with Harry or not. Some she knew before she even met Harry. So, no reason for them not to remain friends.
I agree with you. I remember this past summer Chelsy was a bridesmaid at the wedding of one of her best friends and Harry was a groomsman and Cressida was a guest (along with Pippa Middleton). Friends don't drop friends just because two people break up. Besides, these aristos are all very close to each other and it takes a lot for one of them to be dropped from the circle.

Plus, I don't think Harry and Cressida are as close to getting married as the media seem to think. She is only 24 years old and that's quite young to take on the royal family. Besides that, she has a very unstable family background and I think Harry might think hard before getting involved with her and her family.
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:58 AM
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Those who feel Harry's relationship with Cressida is media fueled, may have a point. After articles and articles on how she would be spending part of the holidays with the Royal Family, the media finally admits that it was never in the cards for Cressida to be at Sandingham. It is like the media feels if they print the same story enough times, they can force the Royal Family into making it true.
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:00 PM
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I really hope Harry is not serious about keeping that beard; it's so aging!

I hate beards anyway, they always look grubby to me.
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:06 PM
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I love the beard, he looks like King George V a bit.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:09 PM
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I am impressed that he still has the beard. But I think army regs will require he shave it off when he returns to duty.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:35 PM
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I love beards but admit this one of Harry's is not one of those that makes me go "aww...". I think a shorter one (like he had in the first days of the South Pole exhibition) suited him better.

PS: I see the King George V resemblence, Lumutqueen.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:06 PM
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I really hope Harry is not serious about keeping that beard; it's so aging!

I hate beards anyway, they always look grubby to me.

I'm in complete agreement with you. The beard has got to go.
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:52 AM
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The press is reporting that Harry spent a weekend with Cressida Bonas and the younger Bransons at their mansion in Kidlington.

I don't know that I like the Branson connection; I feel Sir Richard is more exploitive than the Middletons could ever be!
(Then too he has that unfortunate rep as a tax-dodger...but as long as Harry is dating Cressida he'll find it hard to distance himself).
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:45 AM
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The press is reporting that Harry spent a weekend with Cressida Bonas and the younger Bransons at their mansion in Kidlington.

I don't know that I like the Branson connection; I feel Sir Richard is more exploitive than the Middletons could ever be!
(Then too he has that unfortunate rep as a tax-dodger...but as long as Harry is dating Cressida he'll find it hard to distance himself).
The younger royals have been friends with Holly and Sam Branson for a very long time and they are very much a part of the "set". I really don't think it has too much to do with their father and to be honest, I can't think of one time that Richard has "used" the royals in an exploitative way.

If anything, hanging out for a weekend with both Branson children would really give Cressida and Harry ideas. They've both recently married in the past couple of years and this most likely was a weekend party in a country home for couples. Quite a change from the nightclub scene they all used to frequent.
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Well, now Cressida has flown to Necker Island, so she and Harry won't be together for New Year's Eve.

I suspect they're over....
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:01 AM
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Well, now Cressida has flown to Necker Island, so she and Harry won't be together for New Year's Eve. I suspect they're over....
Or Harry is flying down later to join her.
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Or Harry is flying down later to join her.
Might be a nice, quiet place for some of the younger set to ring in the New Year. Harry and Cressida have been to Necker Island together before. IIRC, it was right before Harry's fun escapade in Las Vegas.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:14 AM
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The poor media. They don't know what to report. New Years at Sandringham, New Years on a white beach. Or spent apart.
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They've been apart all the while he was on that long arctic trek; he just gets back and she flies off?

Doesn't sound like true love to me!
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They've been apart all the while he was on that long arctic trek; he just gets back and she flies off?

Doesn't sound like true love to me!
Or... she could have taken lessons in tactical evasion from Harry. I don't blame them one bit for wanting their relationship to stay private. Seriously though, for a private holiday, you can't get anymore private than Necker Island.
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I agree with you. I remember this past summer Chelsy was a bridesmaid at the wedding of one of her best friends and Harry was a groomsman and Cressida was a guest (along with Pippa Middleton). Friends don't drop friends just because two people break up. Besides, these aristos are all very close to each other and it takes a lot for one of them to be dropped from the circle.

Plus, I don't think Harry and Cressida are as close to getting married as the media seem to think. She is only 24 years old and that's quite young to take on the royal family. Besides that, she has a very unstable family background and I think Harry might think hard before getting involved with her and her family.

It has occurred to me that the dysfunction might be at least a small part of the bond between them(assuming there is one).

Harry is also a product of a famously unstable family. A dysfunctional childhood background is not the ideal foundation of a relationship, but it is an all too common one.

As for Cress flying off to Necker sans Harry, my first thought was brilliant!
Harry has never come off the type that would be attracted to a girl who sits by the phone, ready to drop her plans for him. IF Cressida wants to keep him interested, emphasizing her independence is probably the smartest thing to do.
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:24 PM
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I so like people who do NOT play games with each other, as to their intentions. It was the happiest time of my life to find that my suitor called me every day at a time when he knew I would have returned from work. He didn't pretend to be mulling other possibilities. He had not yet proposed, but he was showing that he meant business. After the other fellows who were so protective of their independence as the first priority, this was a surprise and lovely. The only time in my life, but once was enough.
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I think its also very possible that because both Harry and Cressida came from dysfunctional families, it could be a positive thing too. They are not blind to pitfalls in relationships and perhaps will be very cautious in approaching major steps in theirs. We saw this with Wills and Kate. They took the time to make absolutely sure this is what they both wanted and what would work for the both of them.

These two are not afraid to be their own persons and can function in the world without being joined at the hip 24/7 making goo-goo eyes at each other and professing undying love. Whether their relationship is strong enough to endure royal life in a fishbowl remains to be seen and they're not saying much on the subject.
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