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Who will marry Prince Harry: The women who could bag Britain's last eligible prince
Who wants marry Harry? Meet the women who could bag Britain's last eligible prince
By Barbara Davies for the Daily Mail
Among the leather-padded booths of private members ’club Maddox in London’s Mayfair last week, there was a frisson of excitement among a certain group of pretty and exquisitely dressed young women.
The cause of their nervous giggles and the tossing of their ubiquitous long, blonde hair soon became clear. Prince Harry had just walked in.
On any given night, in any of London's upmarket clubs, gaggles of wealthy girls like these can be found, sipping £ 450-a-pop Treasure Chest Dom Perignon cocktails, hoping for a glimpse of the party-loving Prince and rehearsing their lines, should actually fate decree that their paths will cross.
Man about town: With his elder brother about to get married, Prince Harry is Britain's most eligible bachelor
When Prince William ties the knot with Kate Middleton next month, for a certain class of girl, Harry will step into his brother’s well-heeled shoes as the most sought-after bachelor in the kingdom. And while royal observers remain in a state of confusion as to the exact status of Harry’s volatile relationship with Zimbabwe-born heiress Chelsy Davy, there are plenty of other well-bred young fillies who would be more than happy to take her place.
Their hunting ground is London’s exclusive nightclub scene, where they sit huddled together, many of them waiting for the coded texts sent round when Harry is spotted.
A typical text will say something like: ‘H @ M no C’, which roughly translated means ‘Harry at Mahiki without Chelsy’. Dozens of girls receiving texts like these will touch up their pink lipgloss, fling themselves into taxis and head to wherever the Prince is.
No wonder the 26-year-old Prince is said to have taken to wearing a woman’s blonde wig as a disguise when he moves between his favorite nightspots.
Even in the U.S., wealthy young heiresses are admitting to setting their sights on a royal title. One 25-year-old from California, hat designer Courtney Fleming, even writes a blog about her efforts as a self-confessed 'Harry Hunter', which include staking out the Prince's favorite nightclubs in a low-cut dress and hanging out at society events such as Henley Royal Regatta.
But the girls high-society watchers think will really snare Harry are not those so brazenly pursuing him. Rather it is those with impeccable pedigrees - and often, titles of their own - who have known him for years.
During the week, they can be found in London: at the weekend, of course, they retreat to their or someone else’s country houses. Here, we reveal some of their identities.
As the daughter of Devonshire racehorse breeder Lord Roborough, sports PR Emily, 23, could be perfect girlfriend material for horse-lover Harry.
They met at Cheltenham Races a couple of years ago and got on famously.
Their families share links: Emily’s cousin, accountant Harry Lopes, is married to Laura Parker Bowles, daughter of the Duchess of Cornwall.
The perfect girlfriend: Emily Lopes is the daughter of a racehorse breeder
And the PR consultant has impeccable connections. At the last charity event she organized, a party at Public - a nightclub owned by Harry's friend Guy Pelly - she persuaded Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Kate Middleton's sister and brother and Chelsy Davy to turn up. Her family's country pile is the grand ten- bedroom Maristow House, near Roborough.
THE HON. SOPHIE HESKETH
As the first girl Harry is rumored to have ever kissed, flaxen-haired Sophia, 26, will no doubt always hold a place in the Prince’s heart. They were last seen dancing together at a charity ball in 2007, despite the fact that Chelsy was also there.
First kiss: Sophie Hesketh has impeccable lineage
Sophia has an impeccable lineage - her father is the former Tory Party treasurer Lord Hesketh, and she works as a fashion editor for Japanese Vogue.
She was, until recently, dating the Prime Minister’s brother-in-law Robert Sheffield, heir to Lincolnshire landowner Sir Reggie Sheffield’s £ 20 million fortune.
More recently, she’s been heard joking around town that she wants to meet a new man at the royal wedding.
Bohemian: Alexandra Cronan
A rare bohemian brunette among the swathes of rather predictable blondes that Harry prefers, fashion designer Alexandra, a former assistant at American Vogue, is another regular at Raffles nightclub.
She met the Prince through his friend Julian, Viscount Erleigh, and is said to take him on quiet visits to low-key East London bars.
Alexandra, 25, who is studying at the University for the Creative Arts, this year launched her own fashion label, Les Filles en Fleur, designing bespoke, hand-made dresses for her wealthy friends.
The daughter of bloodstock agent John Warren, event organizer Susanna, 22, is said to have legs to rival any of her father’s racehorses.
Her mother, the former Lady Carolyn Herbert, once dated Prince Andrew and was also tipped as a royal bride before being swept off her feet by Warren, who grew up on a council estate in Essex and started out as a lowly stable lad.
Great legs: Susanna Warren is the daughter of bloodstock agent John Warren
Susanna’s uncle is the Earl of Carnarvon (a wealthy landowner with 6,000 acres) and her family lives next door to his home at Highclere, of Downton Abbey fame.
Until recently, Susanna - educated at the exclusive Downe House boarding school in Berkshire - was stepping out on the arm of Harry’s childhood friend, nightclub impresario Guy Pelly.
Now she and Pelly are all over, there’s nothing stopping her from having a shot at the real prize.
VICTORIA VON WESTENHOLZ
Good value: Victoria Von Westenholz works for Christie's auction house
Victoria, 23, is a valuer at Christie's auction house. Her father is Baron Piers Von Westenholz, former Olympic skier and a close friend of Prince Charles.
Victoria has skied with Harry and the Waleses since she was young.
A graduate of Bristol University and a good friend of Lara Hughes-Young, she is part of the Gloucestershire set that has Harry at its center.
The Prince and Victoria were last spotted together giggling during the Beaufort point-to-point before they headed off to a friend’s house, where they partied until dawn.
Victoria has expensive tastes. Her last boyfriend was heir to vast estates in Norfolk and her father is also an antiques dealer, running the celebrated Westenholz Antiques on London’s Pimlico Road.
When she’s not enjoying West Country weekends, Victoria works at Christie’s as an administrator overseeing private collections and country house sales.
LADY NATASHA HOWARD
Fashionable: Prince harry has always held a candle for Natasha
Natasha, 23, is an intern at Grazia, the weekly glossy fashion magazine.
Prince Harry is said to have long held a candle for Tash, the daughter of the Earl of Suffolk.
They danced all night together at the 2010 Womad music festival, held at the Earl’s 4,500-acre estate Charlton Park, near Malmesbury in Wiltshire.
Willowy Tash has all the qualities that Harry likes in a girl: aristocratic heritage, brains - she studied politics at Bristol University - as well as the ability to shoot.
Until recently, she was dating photographer Gray Hutton. He has worked with spoof snapper Alison Jackson, who specializes in pictures of celebrity lookalikes in compromising situations.
But now she’s back on the market, Tash is footloose and fancy-free - so who knows what might happen next.
Strong left: Victoria first met Harry at Club H
As the best friend of Prince William’s first serious girlfriend Rose Farquhar, Chelsea-based estate agent Tor (as she is known to her friends) has strong links with Harry.
The pair first met at Club H, the homegrown nightclub William and Harry set up in the basement at Highgrove, when she and Rose were in their last year at the nearby posh girls ’school Westonbirt.
While Rose and William danced in the wine cellar, Harry is said to have taught Tor how to play computer games on the PlayStation in the room next door.
Flame-haired Victoria, 27, is one of the leading lights of the ‘Glosse Posse’ which revolves around the exclusive Beaufort Hunt - another of Harry’s loves.
She has helped raise money for Sentebale, the African charity set up by William and Harry, who were at Eton with her brother Tom. She has also been photographed for Country Life magazine at her mother’s home near Chippenham in Wiltshire.
Victoria's maternal grandfather was the eccentric Labor peer Lord Rufus Noel-Buxton (he was an enthusiastic wader, who once forded the Thames at low tide, arriving on the steps of the Houses of Parliament), and her father Owen is a housing adviser to David Cameron.
Astrid, 28, an upmarket estate agent, is one of the ‘Hardcore Harbords’, as she and her party-loving younger sister Davina were dubbed by Tatler,
Astrid and Harry are famously close. The daughter of millionaire publisher Charles Harbord, Astrid is a history graduate of Bristol University.
Both she and her sister are regulars at Clarence House after-hours parties. In 2009, Harry attended an illegal rave in a rundown office block in East London organized to celebrate Davina’s birthday.
Hardcore: Astrid is an upmarket estate agent
Astrid is newly single, having broken up with banking heir James Rothschild. She and Harry are often seen together at London club Raffles.
The last time they went, Astrid pushed the fire alarm so many times Harry had to take her to his home. Prince William returned the following morning to find her asleep in his bedroom.
THE HON. LARA HUGHES-YOUNG
Bristol University undergraduate Lara, 23, is another redheaded beauty who enjoys a place at the epicenter of the Harry crowd - albeit as the girlfriend of the Prince’s best friend, Tom Inskip, or Skippy as he is known in their tight circle.
Fellow redhead: Lara is currently studying at Bristol University
Lara is the granddaughter of the late Conservative MP Michael Hughes-Young, who was made Baron St Helens, and her father now holds the title Lord St Helens.
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