Cressida Bonas parties amid Prince Harry engagement news

She is Prince Harry’s most recent serious ex, having dated the red-haired royal for two years until 2014. 

But Cressida Bonas proved her heartache was behind her as she partied with socialites in London amid the Prince’s engagement news to Meghan Markle. 

The dancer and actress, 28, kept a low profile as she stepped out in the capital in an ultra-stylish navy suede coat belted over a simple slip dress. 


Low profile: Cressida Bonas kept a low profile she partied with socialites in London amid the Prince’s engagement news to Meghan Markle 

As Prince Harry’s most recent serious ex, actress and society girl Cressida Bonas was the woman presumed to become Harry’s wife.

However, in 2014, the pair split and the thespian chose to remain dignified about why exactly the pair parted ways. 

The months leading up to her split from Harry saw rumours hit fever pitch that the pair would imminently announce plans to marry.

With a wedding thought to be on the way, the Duchess of Cambridge was even said to be helping shy Cressie learn how to handle to the intensity of the Royal spotlight.

But the actress later dismissed all that as mere ‘noise’, explaining in an interview: ‘All that stuff is not real. It’s really important to remember that all it is noise, noise that can be very loud at times.’

Cressida certainly had all the makings of a princess; she is friends with both Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, joining the former in the world record attempt to complete the London Marathon in a human caterpillar in 2010, while the latter is said to have introduced her to Harry.

She is the daughter of renowned Sixties It girl Lady Mary Gaye Curzon (whose father was the 6th Earl Howe) and Old Harrovian Jeffrey Bonas (her mother’s third husband) owns a fabric company called MacCulloch & Wallis.

Her parents have racked up six marriages between them so Cressida has a number of half brothers and sisters including soon-to-be a Branson, Isabella, who was once admired by Prince William, and Gabriella Wilde, a model for Burberry.

Following her parent’s separation, Cressida continued to enjoy a privileged upbringing as her bohemian mother then married multi-millionaire Christopher Shaw.

Cressida attended £30,000-a-year Stowe School in Buckingham where she showed a flair for acting as well as sport. 

Having grown up surrounded by a family of what she calls thespians and drama lovers, becoming an actress has long been Cressie’s dream.

Now, after studying drama and dance, she bagged herself a role in Tulip Fever, alongside Judi Dench, and supermodel-turned-actress Cara Delevingne, and has taken the fashion world by storm.