Charles gives Prince Harry his verdict on new girlfriend Cressida Bonas
Since coming back from Afghanistan, things have been moving very quickly between Prince Harry
and his new girlfriend Cressida Bonas.
While there has been some rumoured trouble between Kate Middleton and Cressida
, it appears the 24-year-old has managed to achieve the dreaded feat of getting her boyfriend’s dad on-side.
The banking heiress - known as Cressie to her friends - was formerly introduced to Prince Charles
by Harry at Clarence House earlier this month, and according to insiders the meeting couldn’t have gone better.
A source told Now magazine: "Harry knew he needed a nod from his dad so that people would take them seriously as a couple.
"He was understandably nervous, but he asked Charles if they could meet over a ‘kitchen supper’ - an informal, simple meal. It was the least pressurised setting he could think of."
It was especially nerve-wracking for Harry as Cressida is the first girl that he’s brought home since Chelsy Davy, who he dated on and off for seven years before they split for good in 2011.
The insider continued: "Charles was really taken with Cressie. He thought she was bubbly, well-mannered and a natural beauty
- something he truly appreciates.
"Charles made it clear that she had his approval."
The smitten pair were understandably delighted that the supper went so well and were excited to head off together on their ski trip to Klosters together shortly afterwards.
According to pals, Cressida knows that the fact Harry is willing to introduce her to his family is a sign that he’s really thinking about his future with her.
The 27-year-old Prince has made no secret of the fact he’s keen to find someone to settle down with.
But many girls are put off by the intense public scrutiny that comes with dating
such a high profile royal.
Even Harry’s friends are surprised about his strong feelings for his new girlfriend, with many joking that another royal wedding could shortly be on the cards.
The source added: "It's early days, but the fact that Harry organised a dinner with Charles so soon is an indicator he’s serious.
"Charles had a good talk with Cressie and thought she was delightful. That’s definitely a good sign for the future."