Bachelor Prince Harry has flipped for his sexy cousin Lady Kitty Spencer — but his sister-in-law Kate Middleton did everything she could to derail the “ill-advised” romance, sources told The National ENQUIRER.
“Harry is nuts about Kitty,” said a royal insider.
“He says she’s his idea of perfection. His eyes almost popped out of his head when he saw photos of her in a figure-flaunting bikini.” T
he 24-year-old beauty — who’s the daughter of Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer — showcased her dangerous curves while vacationing in Australia.
Smitten Harry told pals: “Kitty is the perfect specimen. She’s the kind of woman I’m going to marry.”
But as soon as Prince William’s wife got wind of Harry having the hots for his cousin, she pulled out all the stops to make the royal ginger see sense and aim for a “more suitable” girlfriend.
“Kate is very protective of Harry and only wants what’s best for him,” the source said.
“Being on kissing terms with his first cousin certainly doesn’t make the list!”
Friends of William’s headstrong kid brother say Kate may have an uphill battle.
“Harry and Kitty have flitted in and out of each other’s lives for years,” the source said.
“She first caught his attention when she was a guest at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011, but they never really became close — until now.
“It’s as if they’re cut from the same cloth. They both enjoy the London party scene, and Kitty’s not some shy, retiring blue blood. She loves being in the spotlight — and Harry loves making her the center of attention.
“On a couple of occasions they’ve had boozy make-out sessions, but they haven’t taken it to the next level — yet!”
And Kate is determined to make sure they don’t, insiders told The ENQUIRER.
“People have been mocking royalty about inbreeding for centuries, and this would just give them too much fodder. Harry’s stepmother Camilla would have a field day!”
Kate has taken a keen interest in 31-year-old Harry’s love life ever since he admitted he wants to settle down.
“It would be great to have someone next to me to share the pressure,” Harry said earlier this year.
“And I would love to have kids right now.”
At the time, Kate narrowed the players to two of Harry’s ex-girlfriends — British actress Cressida Bonas and Zimbabwe-born blonde Chelsy Davy.
“In the end, Kate picked Chelsy, who has everything going for her,” said a friend.
“She’s beautiful, smart and has a strong streak of independence to hold her own in a royal marriage.
“But now Kitty’s in the picture, and Kate’s going to have her work cut out for her trying to steer Harry away!”