As we know, Prince Harry celebrated his 31st birthday by making an appearance at a celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. He looked beardy and hot, obviously. There was a lot of talk around Harry’s return to England about who he would be dating these days, with some outlets even painting him as a Mr. Lonelyhearts, or even as the Bridget Jones of the royal family (which I still love). Over the weekend, the Daily Mail was going on and on about how Harry is sort of back with Chelsy Davy and how Chelsy was going to throw Harry a huge birthday party on a boat. Except… he actually spent the evening of his birthday having drinks with his other major ex-girlfriend, Cressida Bonas. Damn, bruh.
Prince Harry spent his 31st birthday with his ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas, the day it emerged that she had split with her latest boyfriend. After taking part in an official engagement in Sussex yesterday, the fifth in line to the throne flew back to London by helicopter to spend the evening with the beautiful blonde actress and a group of close friends at a pub, the Mail can reveal.
Harry and Cressida’s appearance together will inevitably add to fuel to rumours that the prince is keen to re-kindle his romance with 26-year-old Cress, as she is known to her friends. But well-placed sources insisted last night that the pair are ‘definitely’ not back together.
Since their split last year, the prince has been linked – fleetingly, and sometime erroneously – with a number of girls, including actress Jenna Coleman, while Cressida enjoyed a brief relationship with fellow thespian and rising star Edward Holcroft, who appeared in Wolf Hall. She and Edward were featured snuggling up to each other at a number of social events over the summer, including the Wimbledon Championships. But they recently drifted apart, with sources close to Cressida insisting that it had ‘never been that serious’ and she hadn’t even wanted him to meet her family.
‘It just didn’t get to that stage,’ they said.
One friend, however, moved last night to dampen speculation that the pair were making a go of things again. They said: ‘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. Harry and Cress have always kept in touch and are fond of each other. They aren’t together at the moment and although you can never say never, I would be very surprised if it happened [again]. 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.’
Asked what those issues might be, the friend said: ‘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. Her career is going well and she just has other things going on in her life, she’s not the type to be at anyone’s beck and call.’
In case you think this is a one-off, that Cressida’s “friend” was just one lone voice pushing an agenda, in a previous Daily Mail story this week, another source claimed that the reports of Cressida still being interested in Harry were absolutely false, and that “Cressida has no regrets about the end of her relationship with Harry. If there are regrets, they are very much on the Prince’s side. Indeed, it was apparently due to Cressida’s lack of interest in rekindling their romance that Harry turned his attentions back to Chelsy.” OUCH. Cressida managed to make Chelsy Davy sound like Harry’s second choice, plus Cressida burned Chelsy because Harry spent his birthday with her (Cressida), not Chelsy. Damn.
For what it’s worth, I don’t really think Harry is hung up on either Chelsy or Cressida. I think he likes them both and he probably would have loved to settle down with either of them, but he’s not pining away for either of them. And no, neither Chelsy or Cressida is a Middleton-esque “beck and call girl.” Very few women are.
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