Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas names first child after husband’s brother who died at 21

Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas names her first child after her husband’s late brother James who tragically died aged 21 in a touching tribute

  • James Wentworth-Stanley tragically took his own life at the age of 21 in 2006
  • His brother Harry, and his wife Cressida Bonas, have named their son after him
  • Friends say they have named the boy Wilbur James as a ‘dedication’ to him

Actress Cressida Bonas has touchingly named her son after the late brother of her husband who died at the age of 21.

The 33-year-old welcomed her first child with her husband Harry Wentworth-Stanley last year, after the couple married in 2020.

It has now been revealed that the couple chose to name him after Harry’s brother James, who took his own life in 2006.

Sources told the Daily Mail’s Richard Eden the name Wilbur James Wentworth-Stanley is a ‘dedication’ to the 21-year-old.

Cressida Bonas, pictured here with her husband Harry Wentworth-Stanley, welcomed her first child with him in November last year

Cressida Bonas, pictured here with her husband Harry Wentworth-Stanley, welcomed her first child with him in November last year

Friends of the couple say they named their son, pictured here with Ms Bonas, after her husband's late brother James

Friends of the couple say they named their son, pictured here with Ms Bonas, after her husband’s late brother James

Prince William is impassioned as he visits a suicide help centre in London which was set up in memory of Princess Eugenie’s friend who took his life in 2006 

 

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Ms Bonas, who dated Prince Harry for a time and was a guest at his wedding with Meghan Markle, has previously written movingly about the impact of James’ passing.

Last year she wrote in the Daily Mail that his passing hadd turned the lives of her future in-laws ‘upside down’.

‘He was a student at Newcastle University and, growing up, he had never shown any obvious signs of depression or mental illness,’ she wrote.

‘He was fun, sporty, kind and popular. Many have said he was a golden boy.

‘Following a minor operation, he sought help for anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Later that week, while back in Newcastle, James went to an NHS walk-in centre and was then referred to A&E as a low priority.

‘James left A&E without being seen. A letter was sent from the NHS to his family GP by second-class post to the wrong postcode. By the time it arrived, James had already taken his own life, ten days after the operation.’

His family vowed to do something to help others avoid similar tragedies and formed a charity, James’ Place, which supports, advises and helps men in suicidal crises with individual therapy.

The first centre was opened by Prince William in Liverpool in 2018.

Ms Bonas, who went out with the King’s second son for two years until 2014, gave birth last November. 

She married Wentworth-Stanley, 33, a partner in a property investment firm, in 2020. He is the son of the Marchioness of Milford Haven.

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