The engagement announcement of Prince Harry and American actress, Meghan Markle, prompted mass mourning across the globe as those who’d hoped to marry the red-headed Prince had their hearts unceremoniously crushed.
Cries of “It should have been me!” echoed through the air on Monday when the 33-year-old confirmed that he’d be riding the express train out of bachelorhood – a place the 33-year-old had comfortably resided for many years.
However, one person who felt the pain more potently than others was 28-year-old Cressida Bonas, the last long-term girlfriend that Prince Harry publicly dated before finally settling down with the 36-year-old Suits actress.
Bonas, an English actress and model, began dating Prince Harry in 2012 after the pair were introduced by Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie. It is believed that their romance officially began when they both attended The Valley Festival in May of that year.
For the following two years, the 28-year-old was often seen following dutifully behind the fifth in line to the throne, as they were showered with the incessant flashes of the paparazzi’s cameras.
Bonas, who is the granddaughter of Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe, was clearly uncomfortable with the intense media interest that came complimentary with her relationship. Instead, the blonde beauty preferred to lie low, leaving events via the back entrance with her beau.
The fledgling relationship came under extreme pressure in August 2012, when Prince Harry was photographed naked in a Las Vegas hotel room, after playing a game of strip billiards with several unidentified women.
Unsurprisingly, Bonas didn’t see the funny side of the scandal, and their relationship cooled as a result.