Next time you fly with Aer Lingus, you're going to automatically think of Cara Delevingne.

Cara Delevingne's father has made the startling revelation that his daughter's name was inspired by the old Aer Lingus magazine we all used to flick through while on our way over to the States.

Without a doubt one of the more interesting and - dare we say - luxurious in-flight magazines we've experienced in our time spent in plane cabins, Cara magazine was sadly put to rest last year due to the pandemic.

Speaking at an Anglo-Irish Treaty event at the Irish Embassy in London yesterday to The Irish Times, Charles Hamar Delevingne said he was always a fan of reading Cara magazine whenever he travelled to Ireland. He also loved that "cara" meant "friend" as Gaeilge.

He said: "I used to go on Aer Lingus quite a lot and I loved the name Cara, which was the Aer Lingus magazine. It means friend I think in Gaelic.”

The 72-year-old is a very successful property developer but joked that he is: "Sick to death of people saying 'you are Cara’s father'."

Cara Delevingne, who is a model and actress, has strong Irish roots as she is the great-granddaughter of Sir Hamar Greenwood, the last chief secretary to Ireland.

Charles Hamar Delevingne said during the event: "He’s associated with the activities of the Black and Tans, so I am a bit hesitant. I keep quiet about it in Ireland. My mother would describe him as immensely kind, but I gather he’s pretty unpopular in Ireland because of his connection with the Black and Tans, which no one can be proud of…"

When he was asked if his daughter has any yearnings to find out about her family history, he said: "She wouldn’t be interested."

The Cara Delevingne magazine was first published for Aer Lingus in 1968, with eight issues being printed every year. It predominantly promoted the Irish people and Irish vacation ideas, featuring the likes of Saoirse Ronan, Imelda May and Jonny Sexton as its cover stars.