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Plane name Cara Delevingne's father reveals he named her after Aer Lingus in-flight magazine

'I remember I used to go backwards and forwards to Dublin a lot and the name of the Aer Lingus magazine was Cara. I loved the name'


Cara Delevingne (Ian West/PA)

Cara Delevingne (Ian West/PA)

Cara Delevingne (Ian West/PA)

The father of the British supermodel Cara Delevingne has revealed how he chose her name after Aer Lingus’s in-flight magazine. 

Charles Hamar Delevingne joked that he was “sick to death of everyone saying, ‘you're Cara’s father’.”

“I remember I used to go backwards and forwards to Dublin a lot and the name of the Aer Lingus magazine was Cara. I loved the name. It means ‘friend’, I think, in Gaelic.”

The popular magazine ceased publication last November due to the collapse in airline travel.

The glossy publication was published eight times a year and featured interviews with Irish celebrities as well as travel features on locations around the world.

It had a potential readership of over a million for every issue, and the most expensive advertising rates of any Irish magazine.

Mr Delevingne is the grandson of Sir Hamar Greenwood, who was the last Chief Secretary of State to Ireland, between 1920 and 1922.

Asked if his famous daughter was aware of the family history going back, Mr Delevingne said, “she wouldn't be interested”.

He added: “My mother would describe her father as being immensely kind. But I gather he’s pretty unpopular in Ireland because of his connection with the Black and Tans, which no one could be proud of.

“But it’s all water under the bridge,” he said, “now, everybody is together. I mean, I'm hoping one day you can have the north back as well. Then you’d be one united Ireland.”

Asked if he would like to see that, he said he would.

“It would save us quite a lot of money I should think,” he added.

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Speaking at an event in the Irish Embassy in London to mark the centenary of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Mr Delevingne added: “I'm here to celebrate 100 years of Anglo Irish friendship, long may it continue.”

A British copy of the Treaty, which is in the UK national archives in Kew, has gone on public display for the first time.

Meanwhile, in a story that perhaps is not for her father’s ears, Cara recently revealed how she had a one-night stand in an elevator

The 29-year-old recalled the moment in conversation with actress Sarah Hyland and comedian Whitney Cummings as part of the Ellentube series Lady Parts in an episode called 'The Joy of Sex'.

Discussing her one-off fling, she said: “I've had like one one-night stand when I was a lot younger but I remember the spontaneity off it.

“The person I was with, we were playing music for three hours. I was on the drums, he was on the guitar and then we swapped.

“Then he was going to drive me home and we had sex in the elevator. I mean it was so sexy. It was amazing. It's not that I didn't like him, I had met him that day or whatever and was like, "this is crazy"'.

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