Here in Britain, the media are reporting on the blossoming relationship between Prince Harry and his new girlfriend, Cressida Bonas – click Mail Online .
‘Bloodline’ is one of the themes I have discussed on ‘Merovee’ and it maybe, we are seeing another inter-linked relationship . The mother of Cressida Bonas is Lady Mary Gaye Curzon, who has had an eventful love life – five children from four divorced husbands . Lady Mary Gaye is a member of an aristocratic British family, Curzon – Howe .
From The Peerage.com :
Lady Mary-Gaye Georgiana Lorna Curzon was born on 21 February 1947. She is the daughter of Edward Richard Assheton Penn Curzon, 6th Earl Howe and Grace Lilian Barker Wakeling. She married, firstly, Kevin Esmond Peter Cooper-Key, son of Major Sir Edmund McNeill Cooper-Key and Hon. Lorna Peggy Vyvyan Harmsworth, on 18 December 1971. She and Kevin Esmond Peter Cooper-Key were divorced in 1976.2 She married, secondly, John Austen Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, son of Sir Richard Hamilton Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, 2nd Bt. and Nancy Moireach Malcolmson, on 27 May 1977 at Kensington Registry Office, Kensington, London, England. She and John Austen Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe were divorced in 1986. She married, thirdly, Jeffrey Bonas, son of Harry Bonas, in 1988. She and Jeffrey Bonas were divorced in 1994. She married, fourthly, Christopher Shaw on 17 December 1996. She and Christopher Shaw were divorced.
From 18 December 1971, her married name became Cooper-Key.From 27 May 1977, her married name became Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe. From 1988, her married name became Bonas. From 17 December 1996, her married name became Shaw. She lived in 2003 at 56 Jubilee Place, London, England.
And surprise, surprise Prince Harry is also a member of the Curzon – Howe family through his mother, Princess Diana .
From Wikipedia – Earl Howe :
“Several other members of the Curzon-Howe family have also gained distinction. The Hon. Frederick Howe (1823–1881), third son of the first Earl, was a Captain in the Royal Navy. The Hon. Ernest George Howe (1828–1885), sixth son of the first Earl, was a Colonel in the British Army. The Hon. Sir Leicester Smyth (1829–1891) (who assumed the surname of Smyth in 1866), seventh son of the first Earl, was a General in the British Army and served as Governor of Gibraltar. The Hon. Montagu Curzon (1846–1907), eighth son of the first Earl (and eldest from his second marriage), was a Colonel in the Rifle Brigade and Member of Parliament. The Hon. Sir Assheton Curzon-Howe, ninth son and youngest child of the first Earl, was a naval commander and served as Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet from 1908 to 1910. His eldest son Leicester Charles Assheton St John Curzon-Howe (1894–1941) was a Captain in the Royal Navy. Lady Mary Anna Curzon, only daughter of the second marriage of the first Earl, married James Hamilton, 2nd Duke of Abercorn. Their granddaughter Lady Cynthia Hamilton married Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer, and was the grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales. The aforementioned George Curzon, son of the Hon. Frederick Graham Curzon-Howe, second son of the third Earl, was an actor.
The family seat is Penn House, Penn Street, Buckinghamshire.”
I don’t have the inclination to work out the various permutations of the Curzon – Howe family tree and how close the ‘Bloodline’ relationship is between Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas but it may be a good idea if an expert in genealogy, did so . The resulting children of a too close blood connection can have serious problems . At best, the children may have no chins and sticky out ears, and a penchant for racist gaffes – click Huffington Post and at worst, major physical or mental defects – click ‘The Queen’s Hidden Cousins’ .
Regular readers will not be surprised that there is a ‘red haired Joker’ angle to the relationship, as Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas were first seen together after the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” – click Mirror.co.uk . And fitting with the ‘Warrior Prince’ image of Prince Harry, Cressida was a major character in the Trojan Wars – click Cressida Wiki and had a play written about her by William Shakespeare, “Troilus and Cressida” .
The phrase ‘Kissing Cousins’ comes to mind .
NB : Interesting address for the family seat of the Curzon-Howes – Penn House, Penn St . See ‘All Presidents, bar one are descended from British King’ .
Related post : Prince William and Kate Middleton are Cousins .