Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas parties in London with Princess Eugenie
Cressida Bonas is busy carving out her own path after life a would-be royal.
The 28-year-old actress dated Prince Harry from 2012 to 2014, with many expecting her to eventually walk up the aisle with her flame haired other half, but after a brief reconciliation in 2015, they called it quits for good and remained friends. They run, or at least ran, in the same social circles and Cressida counts Harry's cousin Princess Eugenie as one of her closest friends.
So it's fitting that the pair were pictured together last week at a party in London for Louis Vuitton and Vogue, with Eugenie supporting her pal days before Harry's engagement to American actress Meghan Markle was announced. The former dancer looked the picture of youthful elegance in a sky blue satin dress by the French fashion house, styling her new bob in old Hollywood style waves.
Although she keeps an incredibly low profile, despite her decision to pursue a career in acting, Bonas told the BBC's Woman's Hour in August that she felt "pigeonholed" by her former relationship and the inevitable description that will haunt her forever with her name being prefaced by 'Prince Harry's ex'.
"Yeah, I think it’s that thing of being pigeonholed," she said. "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."
It's little surprise that she doesn't reflect on her treatment positively as it was reported at the time of their split that she was struggling with the immense attention that comes with dating Harry and as their relationship continued, she grew increasingly uncomfortable with the poking and prodding into her personal life.
"I don't really understand it; in real life I'm often so shy - paralysingly so - but when I'm performing, it's totally different. I feel free," she told Miss Vogue in 2015, describing her comfort in immersing herself in different characters.
She has been busy treading the boards at London's Red Lion Theatre and landed her most high profile role to date with parts in The Bye Bye Man alongside Daye Dunaway and Tulip Fever opposite Oscar winners Alicia Vikander and Judi Dench.
And she isn't exactly crying into her Ben & Jerry's over her former royal romance - she has been dating old flame Harry Wentworth-Stanley, a chartered surveyor, for two years.