While Prince Harry and Meghan have spent £11 million on a mansion with nine bedrooms and 16 bathrooms (right), his ex, Cressida Bonas, is keen to make the point that she’s happy with a simpler life.
The 31-year-old, who married her own Harry, Wentworth-Stanley, last month, shared this snap (left) of herself sitting on the steps of a rustic bungalow.
‘Happiness in the woods,’ she wrote in the caption online.
Cressie is thought to be on honeymoon in the Mediterranean but her husband will have no trouble finding her a more impressive pad back home: he works as an upmarket estate agent.
The 31-year-old, who married her own Harry, Wentworth-Stanley, last month, shared this snap (left) of herself sitting on the steps of a rustic bungalow. While Prince Harry and Meghan have spent £11 million on a mansion with nine bedrooms and 16 bathrooms (right), his ex, Cressida Bonas, is keen to make the point that she’s happy with a simpler life
Cressida famously dated Prince Harry for three years until their split in 2014, reportedly because she was exhausted by the media scrutiny.
Her new husband Harry, 35, is the son of the Marchioness of Milford Haven, at the exclusive Cowdray Park, in Midhurst, West Sussex.
Their intimate nuptials sit in stark contrast to the media furore surrounding Cressida’s royal ex, 35, and his wife Meghan Markle, 38, and the publication of their explosive biography, Finding Freedom, which lays bare their rift with the Royal Family.
A friend of the bride and groom told MailOnline Cressida wanted to marry in private because she was aware Prince Harry was in the news last month due to the explosive new biography and wanted to avoid being in the spotlight.
The socialite announced her engagement to the estate agent in August last year, popping the question with a stunning ruby ring during a trip to the US
Cressida Bonas, 31, who famously dated the Duke of Sussex , 35, for three years, exchanged vows with Harry Wentworth-Stanley, the estate agent son of the Marchioness of Milford Haven, over the weekend at the exclusive Cowdray Park, in Midhurst, West Sussex
The ‘very different’ approaches to publicity has prompted speculation from royal fans over what life might have been like if Harry had married Cressida.
Prince Harry and Cressida remain on good terms and socialise in similar circles, with Princess Eugenie, who introduced the couple, among Cressida’s closest friends.
Cressida even attended her ex-boyfriend’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May 2018.
A family member told MailOnline the just 30 of Cressida and Harry’s closest family and friends attended the ceremony, in keeping with the government’s Covid-19 restrictions.
‘It was a beautiful ceremony and they are just so happy,’ the source said. ‘It was a very private and intimate ceremony and that is what they wanted.
‘Cressida looked stunning and was radiant. We are just all so happy for them and it was a great day but they did request that no one talks about it.’
Cressida and Prince Harry broke up in 2015 after she was said to have struggled with the pressure of royal life during her romance with the Queen’s grandson. Pictured, in March 2014
A friend added: ‘Cressida did not want a big fuss, and did not want others to talk about it. You most certainly will not be seeing her wedding in Hello magazine. She is also was aware that [Prince] Harry is in the headlines and knew the attention her wedding would attract if it leaked out.’
The bride’s brother, Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, shared an Instagram photo of the happy couple ‘riding off into their beautiful future’ on horseback.
Cressida is seen with her blonde hair pulled back into a casual updo and her simple white dress falling above her knees.
Cowdray estate comprises 16,500 acres and includes the pitches where Harry and brother Prince William often competed during their polo playing days. It also boasts a golf course, farm shop, cafe and holiday cottages.
The stunning 19th century Cowdray House can be rented out for weddings of up to 150 people.
The estate is owned by Viscount Cowdray, a close friend of the groom’s stepfather and mother, the Marquess and Marchioness of Milford Haven whose own 1,000 acre estate, Great Trippetts, is less than 10 miles away.
The Marchioness, Clare Mountbatten, is also an avid polo player and regular at Cowdray Park. Cressida has previously been photographed at the polo park while a guest at charity events.
The actress has previously revealed how her ‘dream day’ was a small, non-traditional wedding not in a church – the complete opposite to her ex-boyfriend’s nuptials. Pictured: Cressida at Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May 2018
It is not known who attended the wedding but the couple both come from large families that would quickly make up the 30 people maximum.
Cressida is the only child of 1960s ‘It’ Girl Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon and her third husband, Old Harrovian entrepreneur Jeffrey Bonas.
The actress, who appeared in ITV drama White House Farm, has three half-brothers from her father Jeffrey Bonas’ first marriage, George, Charles and Henry Bonas.
Meanwhile her mother has four children to her first two husbands: Pandora Cooper-Key, daughter of Esmond Cooper-Key, and sculptor Georgiana Anstruther, Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, and Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, the children of property developer John Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe. Isabella is married to Sir Richard Branson’s son Sam.
The OTHER Harry! Who is Cressida Bonas’ new well-heeled husband Harry Wentworth-Stanley?
Cressida and Harry, pictured in 2017, dated in university before rekindling their romance after her split from Prince Harry
Harry Wentworth-Stanley, an associate director at estate agents Savills, is the son of Nick Wentworth-Stanley, a debonair Old Etonian, and Clare, now the Marchioness of Milford Haven, who acquired the title upon her second marriage to Harry’s stepfather, the Marquess of Milford Haven.
Before his relationship with his now wife became official, Harry, who is dashingly handsome and 6ft 4in tall, was regarded as one of London’s most eligible bachelors.
He inherited his looks from his mother, Clare, a beauty who remains stunning. There was a brother, James, four years his senior, and 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, himself divorced with two children.
The family settled at Great Trippetts, an estate set in 1,000 acres in the Sussex Downs. For a time, life was perfect. Clare stayed on good terms with her former husband, Nick Wentworth-Stanley, who went on to marry Dutch beauty Millie Brenninkmeyer, with whom he had three more children.
Shortly before Christmas 2006, the Marquess and Marchioness and their children went to stay with Nick and his wife in Worcestershire. James, Harry’s elder brother, was recovering from a relatively minor procedure. The operation was a success, but James had become very anxious in the days that followed.
Harry Wentworth-Stanley, an associate director at estate agents Savills, is the son of Nick Wentworth-Stanley, a debonair Old Etonian, and Clare, now the Marchioness of Milford Haven, who acquired the title upon her second marriage to Harry’s stepfather, the Marquess of Milford Haven. Pictured, the Marquess and Marchioness in 2017
One evening, the family were gathered in the house when they heard a shot fired. They rushed outside to find James lying dead.
The family was shattered by the tragedy.
Clare was floored 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’ death: ‘For the sake of the other children, you have to set an example. If you are strong, it gives them permission to be strong. If you fall to bits, they will.
Harry’s father is Nick Wentworth-Stanley, pictured, a debonair Old Etonian
‘The day after James died, his brother Harry said his biggest fear was that it would destroy me, and that would destroy everything else. It suddenly made me feel how important I was.’
The couple had a serious relationship when they were both students at Leeds University. The couple were known to their crowd — for reasons that aren’t entirely clear — as ‘Water-Cress’. The romance petered out when he took off for a gap year to Argentina in 2011 after graduating.
Friends have previously said Cressida wasn’t quite over Harry when another Harry — Prince Harry himself — began pursuing her in the summer of 2012 and a romance began. There were concerts, rugby matches, skiing trips and cosy nights in at Kensington Palace.
However the couple split in 2014 after three years together.
The following year Harry Wentworth-Stanley and Cressida were photographed on a Valentine’s Day date, although their relationship became public and official in 2017.
In August last year Harry proposed while on a trip to the US and the couple’s smiles in the Instagram announcement told followers all 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’ brother Lord Ivar Mouthbatten, his children Ella and Alix and then wife Penny (right) at Cowdray Park in 2001