Perhaps the juiciest of this weekend’s royal gossip is the fact that Jecca Craig has called off her engagement with long time boyfriend Hugh Crossley. Just as we did when Emila d’Erlanger announced her engagement, let’s get to know Jecca a bit more.
Who is Jecca?
Jessica (Jecca) Craig is a very close friend (rumoured ex-girlfriend) of Prince William. Her family owns a wildlife reserve in Kenya where Wills spent part of his gap year helping with rhino conservation. He and Jecca are said to have carried out a “pretend engagement” during their time together. On Wills’ 21st birthday celebration, his Out of Africa themed party saw Jecca as guest of honor. In 2003, St James’s Palace “denies that there is or ever has been any romantic liaison between Prince William and Jessica Craig.”
Nevertheless, Wills has remained close with Jecca. He goes to Africa almost every year to visit her family. In 2005, he even brought girlfriend Kate Middleton on an African holiday with Jecca as their guide. Last year, William opted to attend Jecca’s brother’s wedding in Kenya over his own cousin Peter Phillips’.
Jecca is currently based in London and has been living with boyfriend Hugh Crossley since 2005. In October last year, they announced their engagement. Now, as confirmed by Jecca’s father, the engagement is off. “There are no third parties involved. Jecca decided she just wanted to finish her degree.” There are also rumors that the reason behind the break up is because Hugh wouldn’t want to relocate to Africa. Hugh, appearing hopeful, says they are still “working it out.”
Is this news significant? Probably not. People who are not in favor of Kate Middleton may find Jecca a suitable alternative, but I doubt that this has anything to do with William. I personally like Jecca. She knows how to behave and keep her mouth shut. And she hails from a dignified family that is deeply involved in a wonderful wildlife conservation project. So does Kate have reason to worry? Don’t think so. She and Jecca seem to have grown as friends. The past few years saw them attending weddings together, whispering intimately during the Boodles Boxing Ball, sharing hello kisses during William’s birthday… Has William really ever been in a relationship with Jecca? Possibly. Seriously? I doubt it. If the relationship had ever been serious, Clarence House would NOT have denied it.
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