Prince Harry is reportedly under pressure to end his relationship with Cressida Bonas and he recently turned to his sister-in-law Kate Middleton for love advice.
Harry, 29, and Bonas, 24, have been subject to split reports for several months which are said to be taking a toll on their relationship. In addition to tabloid rumors, Harry is reportedly being urged to distance himself from the British socialite by his father Prince Charles and Middleton, 32, recently offered him advice.
"Kate knows all too well how damaging false reports can be," a source told Look magazine U.K. "So she urged them to show the world they were still going strong before the story snowballed."
In January, Bonas, who is the daughter of 1960s society beauty Lady Mary Gaye Curzon and her third husband, Old Harrovian businessman Jeffrey Bonas, made headlines again after a family tragedy was made public.
The dance student's former stepfather, Christopher Shaw-- the fourth husband of her mother-- was found dead of a suspected drug overdose on Jan. 17 in Salisbury, Wiltshire and Prince Charles reportedly urged Harry to cut ties in the wake of the tragic news.
"Harry had a meltdown after his father told him to 'back off' from Cress because of her family problems," a source told ShowbizSpy.
"Harry told his dad he loves Cressida, but Charles isn't sure she's royal material," the source continued.
"Harry is under huge pressure to dump her, and friends say he's 'broken in two' at being torn between his family and his lover."
The couple, who began dating in May 2012, were recently photographed enjoying a date at Byron Hamburgers in Kensington, which is an upmarket chain minutes from Kensington Palace. They appeared to be happy despite reported family objections to their relationship.
Prince Charles is not the only family member who reportedly has concerns about Harry's relationship with Bonas. The socialite's brother Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, who is a 30-year-old DJ, previously spoke about the media scrutiny that Bonas is now subject to due to her involvement with Harry, who is fourth in line to the British throne.
"Cressida is not a tough cookie at all. She's a very sensitive, sweet girl. It's challenging, you can't deny it. It's not something that is easy for anyone dating a royal or marrying into the Family," Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe told London's Evening Standard.
"On some level it is different to any other type of fame. It's an invasion of privacy, which is hard," he continued. "There are people who court that but when you spend your life hiding from it, I think that becomes very exhausting. I think it's a very difficult thing."