Who Is Cressida Bonas? Everything You Need to Know About Prince Harry's Ex Girlfriend

Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas, who he dated from 2012-2014, will be at Princess Eugenie's wedding to Jack Brooksbank on October 12. Here's everything you need to know about Bonas, including the details of her relationship with Harry.

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Prince Harry had quite a few serious relationships before Meghan Markle, and that includes one of the more publicized ones with ex Cressida Bonas (opens in new tab). The couple dated from 2012-2014, and they still remain pretty close, considering she attended his wedding in May (opens in new tab).

Bonas is also expected to be at Princess Eugenie's wedding on October 12 (opens in new tab), which could lead to a potentially awkward run in with Harry and Meghan. The Duke and Duchess didn't have to worry about this at their own wedding since, you know, they were getting married and couldn't interact with all 650-plus guests at Windsor Castle.

Here, everything you need to know about Bonas and her relationship with Prince Harry.

Princess Eugenie introduced Harry and Cressida...

Eugenie and Cressida have been super close friends (opens in new tab) for years now. She introduced Harry and Cressida right before they started dating in 2012. They split amicably in 2014 after many James Blunt concerts (opens in new tab) and trips across the world. Royal cousin matchmaking at its finest! (FYI, her sister Isabella Calthorpe also reportedly dated Prince William (opens in new tab).)


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...And they're incredibly close.

Eugenie and Cressida are often seen goofing off and laughing with each other at parties and weddings—which is refreshing to see for Eugenie, who normally has to act very formal at royal events.

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Like Meghan, she's an actress.

Bonas has starred in four films (TrinityDoctor ThorneThe Bye Bye Man, and Tulip Fever) and played many theater roles including Gatsby's Daisy Buchanan throughout 2016 and 2017.

She's also a model.

The 29-year-old made Vanity Fair's "International Best-Dressed List" (opens in new tab) in 2014, naturally, considering she's a model. She starred in a Mulberry campaign (opens in new tab) and recently participated in a campaign against overfishing (opens in new tab) where she posed naked...with a fish. (Make of it what you will.)

Harry and Cressida are still close today.


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Cressida attended Harry and Meghan's wedding in May, along with Harry's other famous ex Chelsy Davy (opens in new tab). Both relationships reportedly ended due to the overwhelming scrutiny and harassment that comes with dating a royal. In an interview with BBC Radio 4 (opens in new tab), she told the outlet how easy it is to feel “pigeonholed” as Harry's ex.

“Especially in this country, I find that 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 making a stand and saying, ‘Actually no, this is who I am, and this is what I want to do.’"

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Clearly Harry's relationship with Bonas is nothing like the one with his other ex, Jenna Coleman. More on that here (opens in new tab).


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