Wednesday 22 November 2017

Cressida Bonas says it's 'incredibly frustrating' to be known as 'Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend'

Cressida Bonas arrives for the Serpentine Summer Party at The Serpentine Gallery on July 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Luca Teuchmann / WireImage)
Cressida Bonas arrives for the Serpentine Summer Party at The Serpentine Gallery on July 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Luca Teuchmann / WireImage)
Cressida Bonas (L) and Toby Huntington Whiteley attend Krug Festival "Into The Wild" at The Grange, Hampshire, on July 29, 2017 in Northington, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Moet Hennessey UK)
Cressida Bonas attends the VIP preview of the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2016 at Royal Academy of Arts on June 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry pictured in March, 2014 (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Cressida Bonas attending the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party, at Hyde Park in London
Cressida Bonas attends Krug Festival "Into The Wild" at The Grange, Hampshire, on July 29, 2017 in Northington, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Moet Hennessey UK)
Cressida Bonas, former girlfriend of Britain's Prince Harry, attends the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games at the Olympic Park
Cressida Bonas attends the Dior Croisiere 2016 at Palais Bulle on May 11, 2015 in Theoule sur Mer, France. (Photo by Didier Baverel/Getty Images for Dior)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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."

Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry pictured in March, 2014 (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry pictured in March, 2014 (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

"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.

Cressida Bonas attends the Dior Croisiere 2016 at Palais Bulle on May 11, 2015 in Theoule sur Mer, France. (Photo by Didier Baverel/Getty Images for Dior)
Cressida Bonas attends the Dior Croisiere 2016 at Palais Bulle on May 11, 2015 in Theoule sur Mer, France. (Photo by Didier Baverel/Getty Images for Dior)
Cressida Bonas attends Krug Festival
Cressida Bonas attends Krug Festival "Into The Wild" at The Grange, Hampshire, on July 29, 2017 in Northington, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Moet Hennessey UK)

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