British Royal Family

Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas' engagement ring has a surprising royal connection

Talk about a small world.

By Jess Pullar
Prince Harry and former girlfriend Cressida Bonas parted ways five years ago, but even so, the stunning blonde still has strong links to the royal family.
After announcing her engagement to long-term boyfriend Harry Wentworth-Stanley, the world shared the couple's joy at the exciting update.
Announcing the news on his Instagram page, Cressida's husband-to-be shared an adorable selfie of the pair which featured a very prominent detail - a giant sparkler on Cressida's finger.
And as the world scrambled to get a closer look at the gorgeous piece of bling, we got another snippet of glorious information that's only reiterated how small the world really is... at least when it comes to the royal family.
The circular-style ring is eye-catching enough in its own right, but now, The Telegraph has revealed it has a surprising connection to the royal family, despite both Cressida and Harry not being royals themselves.
Indeed the ring's designer has been revealed to be none other than Bear Brooksbank.
Does that name ring a bell? It certainly does for us, because Bear's cousin is none other than Jack Brooksbank, who married Princess Eugenie just last year.
As it turns out, Cressida and Bear happen to be close-knit pals, according to Hello!, so it makes sense that her engagement ring be designed by someone who clearly means a lot to her.
Harry and Cressida's exciting news was announced via Instagram - check out that bling! (Instagram / @harrywent)
Cressida and Princess Eugenie are also reportedly close, with it being understood the red-headed royal actually introduced her pal to Prince Harry back in the day.
And despite the fact the pair did break up, the Prince and his ex-girlfriend are still on good terms, with Cressida attending Harry and Meghan's royal wedding back in May 2018.
According to respected royal reporter Katie Nicholl, the pair broke off their relationship because Cressida was overwhelmed with the reality of life as a royal.
"Cressida had been 'completely spooked' while watching TV coverage of William, Kate and George touring New Zealand and Australia that spring," Nicholl wrote in her book, Harry: Life, Loss, and Love.
"There was no way she wanted that sort of attention and she told Harry so."
Cressida was "spooked" by the realities of being married to a royal, according to reports. (Getty)
That being said, it's lovely to see Cressida still have such close ties with the royal family - and her ring is certainly a bonus to prove it.
The gorgeous circular design has a diamond in the middle and is surrounded by gold and ruby accents.
The style is known as a "target ring", according to British Vogue and is an "unusual design".
The publication's jewellery and watch director further explained the Art Deco design was "highly personalised", with it's "angular trapezoid cut of the accent stones that lends it that deco feel".
A similar 'target ring' made with emerald and diamonds features in Bear Brooksbank's collection. (Bear Brooksbank)
Princess Eugenie also has an engagement ring featuring coloured stones - her beautiful circular-shaped Padparadscha sapphire holds some similarities to Cressida's in that it has a feature stone surrounded by a ring of beautiful gems.
If you ever needed any engagement ring inspiration, at least we know exactly where to look now!
Princess Eugenie's engagement ring was also just as eye-catching. (Getty)
Cressida's new fiancee works as a real estate agent in a global firm, and is a keen sports fan, going by his Instagram account which is filled with candid snaps of his trips to Twickenham and Wembly stadium in London.
While it's unclear when exactly the pair will tie the knot, it seems likely that Prince Harry and Meghan will be invited given Cressida attended their nuptials.
Watch this space!
We can't wait to see Cressida and her soon-to-be-husband get hitched! (Instagram / @Cressida_Bonas_)

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