English Roses

Cressida Bonas v Cara Delevingne: A Differentiation Guide

They are both posh, pretty, gamine English girls blessed with serious eyebrows and a taste for the high life. Can anyone tell Cressida Bonas and Cara Delevingne apart? Tom Sykes tells you how.

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Spot the difference between the two posh English girls who are both in the papers a lot these days, with this handy print-out-and-keep guide...


Cressida Bonas: Currently dating Prince Harry, before that she dated Harry Wentworth-Stanley. Spent the weekend studiously seperated from Harry at the Missy Percy wedding to avoid photos, only to be snapped getting off the train with him in London and climbing into his Range, which sped off in the direction of Kensington Palace.

Cara Delevingne: When asked, “Are you dating Harry?’ Cara told Grazia magazine: "Which one? The prince? Or the other one? That was just a rumour, they both were. Both Harrys, just rumours. I know Harry [Styles], he's a good friend of mine, you know ... everyone's been linked to him."


Cressida: Imagine eyebrows drawn on a balloon with a blackened cork. Reminiscent of Lego characters.

Cara: Bushy is the word of choice but this is an undersell. Cara has been taking eyebrow tips from Chewbacca.


Cressida: Tousled, shoulder-length, just-got-out-of-bed blonde mop.

Cara: Tousled, shoulder-length, just-got-out-of-bed blonde mop.

What’s with that crazy first name?

Cressida: It’s Ancient Greek, as in Shakespeare’s play, Troilus and Cressida. She got off light. Her sisters are called Isabella Amaryllis Charlotte and Pandora Lorna Mary.

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Cara: It means “friend” in Irish. Cara likes her name so much she has trademarked it, according to Vogue.


Cressida: 24

Cara: 20


Cressida: “Cressie” is the daughter of the original wild child, 1960s It Girl Lady Mary Gaye Curzon who had a cocktail named after her at Claridges, “The Blue Blood,” and posed naked covered in engine oil when posing naked covered in engine oil really was outrageous.

Cara: Also posh. Grew up in a Belgravia townhouse. Dad was a rich property developer. Joan Collins is her godmother.

U or non-U

Cressida: U

Cara: U

Stomping ground

Cressida: Society weddings, the Arts Club, LouLou’s on Hereford Street, Bodo’s Schloss, private dinner parties in South London.

Cara: Virgin Upper Class Lounge, the Box.


Cressida: Stowe, Leeds University where she studied dance.

Cara: Frances Holland School for Girls near Sloane Square, then the boarding school Bedales.

Twitter feed

Cressida: Not a peep, as befits possible future royalty.

Cara: Oversharer.


Cressida: None. The U.K. papers tried to whip something up about her being racy for wearing a pink wig on Necker Island, but no one bit.

Cara: Dropping baggie of white powder outside home. Swiftly covered by platform trainer.


Cressida: Flowing gowns or boyfriend jeans.

Cara: Onesies, beanie hats.

Couldn’t Give a …

Cressida: Hoot.

Cara: F--k.

Most likely to say

Cressida: Nothing at all. She knows the code.

Cara: “Yes, I can do the cover for you.”

Least likely to say

Cressida: “Harry, I’ve been thinking, let’s get married.”

Cara: “I think I’m going to pluck my eyebrows.”