Crystal ‘planned to jilt Hugh Hefner at the altar’

Playboy magazine cover Crystal Harris runaway bride

Glamour model was seeking $500,000 deal to leave him in the middle of the wedding ceremony, it is claimed

BY Sophie Taylor LAST UPDATED AT 12:31 ON Thu 16 Jun 2011

The 25-year-old glamour model Crystal Harris, who called off her marriage to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner this week just days before their wedding in Los Angeles, always planned to jilt him, according to a report published today.

The Showbiz Spy website claims Harris approached various publications seeking a $500,000 deal which would have seen 85-year-old Hefner even more humiliated than he is now.

Harris's plan was to leave him during the wedding ceremony this Saturday. "Crystal wanted to ditch Hef at the altar," a source told the website. "Her plan was to walk up the aisle and say she couldn't go through with it. The wedding was to be filmed for a reality special, and her refusal to marry him would be a sensation."

The only trouble was that Harris was seeking $500,000 for an exclusive 'I ditched Hef at the altar' interview and no one was prepared to pay. "While there was interest, Crystal didn't get an offer anywhere near half a million," the source said.

Despite the half-a-million-dollar gambit, another glamour model, Kristina Shannon, best known for her double act with twin Karissa, said Crystal Harris's decision to get out of the marriage was mainly motivated by boredom.

She said Harris was tired of "watching classic movies every night"  with her fiancé and that the Playboy mansion had become a "golden prison".

Hefner himself is trying to take the humiliation with good grace. The July issue of Playboy magazine (above) had already been printed with a semi-nude cover shot of Crystal Harris and the lines 'America's Princess: Introducing Mrs Crystal Hefner' when his fiancée dropped her bombshell.

So Hefner has ordered large red stickers to be placed on the newsstand covers stating: 'Runaway Bride in this issue'.

The stickers cover much of Crystal's shapely lower half, but do not obscure the couple's cocker spaniel - which she has taken with her. · 

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