Cressida Bonas said she wants to be known for more than being 'Prince Harry's ex-girflriend'.
The 28-year-old dated the royal for two years before splitting in 2014 due to her discomfort with life in the royal fishbowl, and is now pursuing a career in acting.
But Bonas said she is still pigeonholed in how she's perceived because of her relationship with Harry, who is now dating American actress Meghan Markle.
"Yeah, I think it’s that thing of being pigeonholed," she told the BBC's Woman's Hour. "Especially in this country, I find people are very quick to put you in a box or put you in a corner and think ‘oh well you’re that so you must be that."
"It’s incredibly frustrating, especially in the industry that I’m in. But, you know, it is the way it is. It’s about making a stand. Saying no, this is who I am and this is what I want to do."
The former dancer was discussing her role in the new play Mrs Orwell at London's Old Red Lion Theatre and she's been busy building up her acting CV with roles in The Bye Bye Man alongside Daye Dunaway and Tulip Fever opposite Oscar winners Alicia Vikander and Judi Dench.
She has been dating old flame Harry Wentworth-Stanley, a chartered surveyor, for nearly one year. Since 2014, she has been linked to actors Edward Holcroft and Douglas Booth.
In order to enjoy a relationship with Prince Harry, you'd either need to be convinced that he was the best boyfriend ever, or a huge fan of non-stop public and paparazzi attention. We don't know yet if Californian actress Meghan Markle is convinced of either.