Prince Harry leaves Sydney.

Farewell Sydney: Prince Harry boarded his flight to Perth on Sunday morning. Photo: Peter Rae

Prince Harry received a rapturous reception with hordes of cheering people lining Sydney’s harbour this weekend.

But the man dubbed the world’s most eligible bachelor may not be so for long. Cressida Bonas, his girlfriend, whose family has direct links with Edward VII, has finally overcome her fears about marrying into the royal family. Friends of the couple say a wedding is on the cards.

”Cressie is going to marry Harry,” one of her friends told a London newspaper. ”Harry never stops talking about marriage and children, and she has now got used to the idea. The wedding is likely to take place next year.”

Cressida Bonas.

Current girlfriend and potential wife: Cressida Bonas. Photo: Wire Image

That the prince, who turns 30 next year, wanted to settle down with Ms Bonas, 24, was no secret. Her free-spirited ways were said to have captured the heart of the man labelled ”the party prince” and he was smitten as soon as he was introduced by his cousin Princess Eugenie in May last year. But Ms Bonas felt too young to marry.

But the prince persisted. When he was sent to serve in Afghanistan in November, the pair kept in touch by phone throughout his posting. Upon his return, the romance blossomed.

Prince Harry left Sydney on Sunday, touched down in Perth and was due to leave Australia later in the day.

Telegraph, London