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Prince Harry's Girlfriend Cressida Bonas Joins Him for Sandringham Hunting Trip

Celebrity News Nov. 8, 2013 AT 2:05PM

It's getting serious! Prince Harry gave girlfriend Cressida Bonas the royal invite recently when he asked her to join him for a hunting trip at the queen's 20,000 - acre Sandringham estate on Oct. 26. A source reveals to Us Weekly that such a gesture to the Norfolk countryside is a big step for the relationship.

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"She's now part of Harry's inner sanctum," the insider says. "The fact that she's been to Sandringham on numerous occasions proves that she's been welcomed into fold. She's a lovely girl and everyone is hoping they go the distance."

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Why such a big deal? Well, Bonas, 24, isn't the first lady to be invited for such a fun weekend. Kate Middleton herself visited the area numerous times before Prince William popped the question in November 2010. The estate is also the site of the royal family Christmas celebrations.

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Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas
Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas
Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images; Stephen Lock / i-Images/Polaris

Harry, 29, and Bonas were first linked in June 2012, when they attended a London party together with friends. "He loves her -- they're so compatible," a source previously revealed to Us. "Cressie is very laid-back and he likes that. If all goes well, I'm 100 percent sure they'll be engaged next year."

For more details on Harry and Cressida, watch this week's Hot Stuff video, as explained by Us Weekly Entertainment Director Ian Drew and Us Weekly reporter Travis Cronin

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