Cressida and Harry, pictured in 2017, dated at university before rekindling their romance after her split from Prince Harry
Harry Wentworth Stanley, assistant manager at the Savills Estate Agents, is the son of Nick Wentworth Stanley, wicked old Etonian, and Clare, now Marchioness of Milford Haven, who received 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 was stunningly handsome and 6ft 4in tall, was considered one of London’s most eligible bachelors.
He inherited his appearance from his mother, Claire, who is still stunningly beautiful. 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, Claire married George, Marquess of Milford Haven, cousin of the Queen, himself divorced with two children.
The family settled on Great Trippetts, a 1,000-acre estate in the Sussex Downs. For a while, life was perfect. Claire remained on good terms with her ex-husband, Nick Wentworth Stanley, who went on to marry Dutch beauty Millie Brenninkmeier, with whom he would have three more children.
Shortly before Christmas 2006, the Marquis, the Marquis, and their children go to stay with Nick and his wife in Worcestershire. James, Harry’s older brother, was recovering from a relatively minor procedure. The operation was a success, but James was very anxious in the days that followed.
Harry Wentworth Stanley, assistant manager at the Savills Estate Agents, is the son of Nick Wentworth Stanley, wicked old Etonian, and Clare, now Marchioness of Milford Haven, who received the title upon her second marriage to Harry’s stepfather, the Marquess of Milford Haven. Pictured, the Marquis and the March in 2017
One evening, the family discovers that James has committed suicide. Tragedy shattered them.
Claire has been affected by her son’s suicide. Touchingly, it was Harry, then 17, who helped her get over it. In an interview 18 months after James’ death, she said, “For other kids, you have to set an example. If you’re strong, it gives them permission to be strong. If you fall to bits, they will.”
Harry’s father is Nick Wentworth Stanley, pictured, an old Etonian lecher
The day after James died, his brother Harry said his greatest fear was that it would destroy me, and that it would destroy everything else. Suddenly it made me feel important.
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 while they were students at the University of Leeds. The couple was known to the public – for reasons not entirely clear – as “Water-Cress”. The romance fizzled out when he took off for a year in Argentina in 2011 after he graduated.
Friends previously said Cressida wasn’t completely over Harry when another Harry – Prince Harry himself – began pursuing her in the summer of 2012 and they began a romance. There were concerts, rugby matches, ski trips and relaxing nights at Kensington Palace.
However, the couple separated in 2014 after three years together.
The following year, Harry Wentworth Stanley and Cressida were photographed on Valentine’s Day, though 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 ad told followers everything they needed to know about their love for each other.
Harry as a toddler with his stepfather, the Marquess of Milford Haven (left), sister Louise (front), mother Claire (center), the Marquess’ brother Lord Ivar Mauthapen, his children Ella and Alex and then wife Penny (right) at Cowdray Park in 2001