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Prince Harry takes Cressida to Africa
10 Aug 2013 at 03:31hrs | Views
Prince Harry is stepping up his romance with Cressida Bonas by whisking her off on safari in Africa.
The couple will spend a week in Africa with friends, including the Duke and Duchess of York's youngest daughter Princess Eugenie.
Harry, 28, is said to be "desperate" to keep private his relationship with Cressida and the couple go to great lengths not to be pictured together.
But pals admit he is "very fond" of the 24-year-old dance student and wants the love to grow "naturally".
His brother Prince William decided Africa was the perfect place to pop the question to long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton, in Kenya, in 2010.
Harry's long-term relationship with Zimbabwe-born Chelsy Davy, 27, petered out as she did not want the focus royalty brings.
He has admitted in the past that it's hard for him to find a potential wife willing to put up with the attention.
A friend said: "He's taking it week by week with Cressy, trying to keep her out of the limelight.
"They are very close but Harry is doing all he can not to put her under pressure."
Harry flew alone to Africa and headed for Luanda, in Angola, in connection with Princess Diana's landmine charity the Halo Trust.
It is thought the love-struck prince will then go to Botswana to meet up with Cressida and the party.
She is believed to be flying out this weekend with Eugenie, 23, and boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, 26.
Cressida graduated last month from London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, while Harry recently qualified as an Apache aircraft commander.
They have been dating since last year, but their relationship hit the rocks when the prince was pictured naked in his Las Vegas suite with a woman while playing strip pool.
They have since got the romance back on track away from the glare of publicity - though the pair were seen together last month at the Womad festival in Wiltshire.
The friend added: "They meet at friends' houses and it's a full-on romance.
"But Harry is aware that Cressida doesn't enjoy being in the spotlight - it freaks her out a bit.
"He's hoping the African trip with friends will enable them to relax and get to know each other better."
Source - Mirror