Monday 22 January 2018

Prince Harry's holds low-key 31st birthday in London pub with pals (and ex Cressida)

Prince Harry turned 31
Prince Harry turned 31
Britain's Prince Harry, honorary president of England Rugby 2015, stands next to the Webb Ellis trophy as he attends the Rugby World Cup Official Welcome Party, hosted by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London
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)
Chelsy Davy leaving The Royal Academy on April 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (R) poses with World War II veteran Tom Neill after he flew in a Spitfire during a Battle of Britain display at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

As birthday parties go, it wasn't exactly the most royal option.

But Prince Harry (sporting a new beard) has never been one to flash his status and stayed true to his nature when it came to celebrating his 31st birthday.

The flame-haired royal marked the milestone birthday on Wednesday night with close friends, including his ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas.

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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)

The group held up camp at The Cross Keys pub in Chelsea for several hours, before descending on Kensington Palace for an after-party.

Also spotted was his cousin Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall, as well as his BFF Guy Pelly - but it was Cressida's presence that sparked the most intrigue.

The dancer turned actress, who split with Prince Harry last May after two years together, have stayed firm friends since parting ways, but she is rumoured to be holding flame for her famous ex - so much so that it's said to have caused her break-up with actor Edward Holcrof.

"They were out with a group of friends having a drink to celebrate Harry's 31st. It was also a chance for him to say hello to some of his pals, having spent the summer working in Africa," an insider told the Daily Mail.

Britain's Prince Harry (R) poses with World War II veteran Tom Neill after he flew in a Spitfire during a Battle of Britain display at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex
Britain's Prince Harry (R) poses with World War II veteran Tom Neill after he flew in a Spitfire during a Battle of Britain display at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex

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"Cressida is very fond of him but, well, he didn't quite cut the mustard. The issues that were there when they broke up haven't changed.

"I think Harry just expected Cress to keep up with his lifestyle. But she isn't wealthy, she's a hard-working girl who just couldn't do that."

Another ex, Chelsy Davy is said to have captured his heart in recent months as the pair reconnected in Africa, where Harry was working with Save the Rhino to save endangered rhinos and elephants.

Chelsy Davy leaving The Royal Academy on April 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
Chelsy Davy leaving The Royal Academy on April 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)

Davy, who hails from Zimbabwe, is now a corporate lawyer and flew the 8,500 mile distance to celebrate her rumoured royal boyfriend's birthday in London, according to Us Weekly.

The plot thickens.

Britain's Prince Harry, honorary president of England Rugby 2015, stands next to the Webb Ellis trophy as he attends the Rugby World Cup Official Welcome Party, hosted by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London
Britain's Prince Harry, honorary president of England Rugby 2015, stands next to the Webb Ellis trophy as he attends the Rugby World Cup Official Welcome Party, hosted by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London

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