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Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas may be headed for the altar as early as next year, new reports state. The younger brother of Prince William has been the source of much speculation when it comes to his dating life and relationships.
"He loves her," a friend told Us Weekly of Harry and Cressida. "Cressie is very laidback, and he likes that. If all goes well, I'm 100 percent sure they'll be engaged next year."
The couple was introduced by Harry's cousin, Princess Eugenie, in June 2012 and have been together ever since. According to multiple sources, the pair gets along great and are "quite perfect for each other," a family source told People magazine.
Harry has made no secret of his desire to find the right woman and settle down to start his own family. Before dating Cressida, Harry was in a five-year relationship with Chelsea Davy, whom many thought he would marry. They separated in 2009 and Harry has moved on with both his career and personal life.
"I've longed for kids since I was very, very young," Harry told Katie Couric last year. "And so I'm just waiting to find the right person, someone who's willing to take on the job."
His words echo those of William, who joked about Kate "taking on" the work of being a monarch and living up to the highest expectations.
"It's about making your own future and your own destiny, and Kate will do a very good job of that," William said in an interview with Britain's ITV News soon after their engagement was announced.
The couple dated on-and-off for eight years before getting engaged and finally married. Now they have their first son, Prince George, and are establishing their own lives in Kensington Palace and growing into their royal roles.
"Cressie is going to marry Harry," another friend told The Telegraph UK. "Harry never stops talking about marriage and children, and now she has gotten used to the idea. The wedding is likely to take place next year."