The diamond ring that rattled Andy: Prince forced to deny engagement to model after she posts picture on Twitter
- Prince was seen with his arm around beauty after leaving exclusive club
- The pair were seen together at his birthday and then a West End restaurant
- A friend of the Prince denied the pair were romantically linked
Prince Andrew was last night forced to deny he was engaged to a Croatian swimwear model 20 years his junior.
Monika Jakisic, 34, was pictured affectionately kissing the Duke of York goodnight after their third dinner date in as many weeks.
Then yesterday the former girlfriend of actor George Clooney posted a photograph on Twitter of what appeared to be a diamond engagement ring on top of a £600 restaurant bill.
Intimate: Prince Andrew plants a kiss on Monika Jakisic, a model 20- years his junior
The picture prompted a flurry of calls to Buckingham Palace – forcing Andrew’s representatives to issue the embarrassing and unprecedented statement last night.
A spokesman for the prince, 54, who had hitherto declined to comment on speculation about the nature of their relationship, said: ‘I can confirm the Duke of York is not engaged to Monika Jakisic.’
Rumours of a romantic relationship between the model and royal first emerged after they were seen together celebrating the prince’s birthday last month at Cecconi’s restaurant in Mayfair, where he was reportedly seen kissing her hand and cuddling up to her.
Two days later, they were again seen together enjoying an intimate dinner at private members’ club The Arts Club in the West End.
Then on Thursday evening, Miss Jakisic, who was dressed in skin-tight leather trousers and towering Louboutin heels, was seen giving Prince Andrew a tender kiss on the cheek outside the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Kensington, west London.
Miss Jakisic had arrived separately from Andrew at around 8pm. However, they were seen emerging from the club together three hours later.
Cryptic tweet: The picture of the ring that Monika Jakisic tweeted, causing Prince Andrew to issue a statement denying the couple were engaged
The pair were seen emerging from the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Kensington, West London
Miss Jakisic was in an on-off relationship with Clooney, 52 from 2004 until last year
Tender: Miss Jakisic placed her hand on the Duke of York’s shoulder
A friend of the prince denied there being anything romantic between him and the model
As they descended the steps, Andrew held his arm around Miss Jakisic who in turn placed her hand on his shoulder. He then watched her leave alone.
Last night it emerged that the picture she posted on social networking site Twitter of the engagement ring and restaurant bill was a congratulations message to two friends.
Miss Jakisic, who lives in a £1.2million home in north London, fled war-torn Croatia with her family when she was ten.
Her modelling career took off after she entered a competition run by Storm, the agency which represents Kate Moss.
Standing 5ft10 tall, she now refers to herself as the ‘Croatian sensation’
Miss Jakisic, who lives in a £1.2million home in North London, left alone. Miss Jakisic, 34, who was dressed in daring skin-tight leather trousers and towering Louboutin heels
The palace has refused to comment on the rumours of a relationship between the two
On Twitter, she has posted photos of herself in bikinis, and says she is ‘spiritual humanitarian’ with a ‘wild sense of humour’ who loves to stay fit by boxing.
She was in an on-off relationship with Clooney, 52, from 2004 until last year. Last week, a friend of the prince’s denied any romance between Andrew and Miss Jakisic, adding she ‘only joined Andrew and a group of friends at the end of the evening’.
A senior royal aide also attempted to quash the speculation last night, saying: ‘They are friends.
He has known her for a number of years – over a decade – and to say that they are more than friends would be incorrect.’
Before marrying Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew had a string of glamorous lovers, including actress Koo Stark.
And since divorcing in 1996, he has been linked to a string of models including South African Heather Mann and Playboy Bunny Denise Martell.
Source: Daily Mail
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Prince Harry gets cosy with Cressida
NOW THAT Prince Harry has given up life as a helicopter pilot for an Army desk job in London, he is seeing more and more of his girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, who herself is starting a new post in theatre marketing after deciding to give up her aspirations to become a professional dancer.
Just a month ago there were reports that the couple had drifted apart, with chatter that the fledgling relationship was not strong enough to weather Harry’s absences abroad, most recently the three weeks he spent on a charity trek to the South Pole.
But I can disclose that the couple have been spending more, not less, time together since the Prince’s return from Antarctica, with Harry staying two weekends at the Norfolk house owned by Cressida’s family, which is just 20 minutes from Sandringham.
Harry has been, according to one friend, “particularly thoughtful” during a difficult time for Cressida; her former stepfather Christopher Shaw, the fourth husband of her mother Lady Mary Gaye Curzon, was found dead three weeks ago of a suspected drug overdose in Wiltshire.
Although it’s too early to talk of an engagement for Harry, who will be 30 this year, his circle approve of Miss Bonas, 24, who, like her predecessor in the Prince’s affections, Chelsy Davy, was educated at Stowe and Leeds University.
She is happily remembered as a “sweet, pretty innocent sort of girl” by a family who took her under their wing while she was backpacking with a girlfriend in Australia two years ago.
"Cressida was incredibly down-toearth and very appreciative of us putting her up," says property entrepreneur Antony Catalano. "She was fantastic with our children and organised musical concerts. As a former ballerina she showed my eldest daughter Francesca how to dance."
But her brother Jacobi, 30, has warned that it is Cressida’s sweetness that makes her vulnerable under the stress of media scrutiny.
He says: “Cressida is not a tough cookie at all. She’s a very sensitive, sweet girl. It’s challenging, it’s not something that is easy for anyone dating a royal or marrying into the Family. On some levels it’s different to any other type of fame. There are people who court that but when you’re hiding from it, I think that becomes exhausting.”
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Red hot! Prince Harry and Nicole Kidman named world’s most gorgeous gingers
PRINCE HARRY and film babe Nicole Kidman have been named the world’s most attractive redheads.
The Moulin Rouge! actress, 46, who strutted around in a sexy corset for the two-hour musical, topped the table of the hottest female redheads.
She was closely followed by British actress Isla Fisher, 38.
American Pie star Alyson Hannigan, 39, came third and Nicola Roberts, 28, from Girls Aloud, was fourth.
Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, 38, Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks, 38, and Florence Welch, 27, from Florence And The Machine, also made the list.
The new poll, commissioned by the British Heart Foundation, quizzed 2,017 Brits on their favourite fiery-haired stars.
Prince Harry, 29, was voted the sexiest male and hunky 12 Years A Slave actor Michael Fassbender, 36, was second.
Eton-educated Homeland star Damian Lewis, 42, was third and Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch, 37, fourth.
The poll was carried out to mark BHF’s annual fundraiser Ramp Up The Red, which encourages Brits to wear red to raise money to tackle coronary heart disease.
Polly Shute from the BHF said: “Redheads know how to stand out from the crowd. Join them today by going as red as you dare.
“You can make your red statement by dyeing your hair red or wearing a red wig to show your support.
“It’s easy to do and you will be helping to raise funds that will go directly towards vital research, support and care.”
Princes William and Harry go hunting in Spain ONE DAY before launching wildlife campaign
HE’S set to launch a campaign to save endangered wildlife tomorrow, yet today Prince William will be spending his afternoon hunting wild boar in Spain.
The 31-year-old royal was pictured arriving in Spain with his brother Prince Harry yesterday as they prepared for a weekend of shooting on a posh private estate in Cordoba.
The siblings looked delighted as they were greeted by friends at the airport, and clearly weren’t feeling guilty about their upcoming activities.
It’s been reported by The Sun that William and Harry will hunt the likes of wild boar, partridges and stags today - whereas William’s campaign will aim to raise awareness of the shooting and illegal trade in protected species such as rhinos and elephants.
William and Harry are not said to be breaking any Spanish laws in hunting the animals, but their timing is set to anger animal lovers, with one conservation expert calling it “absolutely shocking”.
Prince Charles will also be launching the campaign with his eldest son, with the slogan being: “Let’s Unite for Wildlife!”
It will begin with a joint video message - which is being released tomorrow - followed next week by events at venues including the Zoological Society and National History Museum.
Fancy a burger? I like mine with Cress, says Harry: Prince takes girlfriend out for dinner
- Prince Harry spotted taking girlfriend Cressida Bonas out for a burger
- The couple went to upmarket chain Byron in Kensington High Street
- Prince was still sporting beard he grew during charity trek to South Pole
- Cressida wore orange beanie hat and fashionable Nike Air Max trainers
Still sporting his polar beard, a dressed-down Prince Harry takes his even more casual girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, out for a burger.
Admittedly it wasn’t any old burger bar.
The venue for their dinner date was Byron, the upmarket chain so beloved of Chancellor George Osborne, who was criticised for being out of touch when he Tweeted a picture of himself tucking into one of their take-aways while preparing his spending review last June.
Burger King: A dressed-down Prince Harry takes his even more casual girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, for a burger
Casual clothing: The Prince was still sporting the beard he grew during a charity trek to the South Pole, while Cressida was wearing a trendy orange beanie hat, skinny black jeans and fashionable Nike Air Max trainers
Local dining: The venue for their dinner date was upmarket chain Byron in Kensington High Street, London
A Byron burger with bacon cheese and dressing costs a tasty £9.25 - and that’s without fries, which adds an extra £2.95 to the price.
The 29-year-old prince popped out to his local branch in Kensington High Street, just a few minutes’ drive from his bachelor pad at Kensington Palace, with former dance student Cressida, 24, on Monday night.
Their show of togetherness scotched recent ill-founded reports that they had split up.
And the presence of Harry’s much-admired beard, which he grew during a charity trek to the South Pole in aid of Walking With The Wounded before Christmas, also put paid to claims that the Queen, who is said to dislike facial hair, had ordered him to shave it off.
Security: The pair - who were accompanied by two bodyguards - spent more than an hour in the restaurant before walking to the Prince’s waiting car, driven by a third officer, and whisked away to Kensington Palace
Outfit: Harry was wearing a navy shirt and trousers with desert boots and a blue baseball cap pulled down low
Cressida was sporting trendy orange beanie hat, skinny black jeans, black bomber jacket and ultra- fashionable Nike Air Max trainers.
Her blonde hair had been plaited into two long braids, showing off her hooped gold earrings, and she was carrying a casual black rucksack.
An outfit unlikely ever to be seen on her potential sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Harry was wearing a navy shirt and trousers with desert boots and a blue baseball cap pulled down low to disguise his face.
Relationship: Prince Harry and Cressida, pictured with a bodyguard, have been dating for more than 18 months
Back together: However, they have been forced apart of late - Harry spent Christmas with his own family as did Cressida, who then immediately jetted off to the Caribbean with her half-sister, Isabella Branson
The pair - who were accompanied by two bodyguards - spent more than an hour in the restaurant before walking to the prince’s waiting car, driven by a third officer, and whisked away to Kensington Palace.
The couple have been dating for more than 18 months and although they have been forced apart of late - Harry spent Christmas with his own family as did Cressida, who then immediately jetted off to the Caribbean with her half-sister, Isabella Branson - are said to be as ‘rock solid’ as ever.
The couple were introduced by Harry’s cousin and Cressida’s best friend, Princess Eugenie. In fact the trio were out on Saturday night together at Jak’s bar in the capital.
Cressida is the daughter of four times married and divorced former society girl Lady Mary Gaye Curzon - she has five children by three of her exes - who once scandalised her family when she posed semi naked covered in oil for the coffee table photographic book Birds of Britain.
Criticism: Chancellor George Osborne was criticised for being out of touch when he Tweeted this picture of himself tucking into one of Byron’s take-aways while preparing his spending review last June
Cressida’s father is the businessman Jeffrey Bonas, Mary Gaye’s third husband. She is currently working for her half-brother, Charles Bonas, who runs a respected private tuition and educational consultancy firm.
Last year there was much talk of an engagement, although friends of Cressida have stressed to the Mail that she is still young ‘and has a lot she wants to do with her life yet.’
‘They enjoy each other’s company very, very much, but are just seeing how things go at the moment,’ said one.
‘There’s no pressure whatsoever on them yet.’
With Harry due to celebrate his 30th birthday later this year, however, might he be tempted to put a ring on his girlfriend’s finger yet?
Prince Harry and girlfriend Cressida Bonas were spotted at @byronhamburgers, Kensington, today.