Cressida Bonas says it's 'nice' to be single as a 'strong, independent woman'

Self-proclaimed “strong, independent woman”Cressida Bonas – former girlfriend to Prince Harry – is enjoying her “nice” time as a single lady. An actress on the rise and model for high-end brands like Mulberry, Cressida was first introduced to Harry by his cousin, Princess Eugenie, and the two dated for two years before breaking up almost a year ago.

The 26-year-old spoke about the intense interest in her relationship with Harry, which attracted the world’s media for the duration, as well as after they called time last April.

“All that stuff is not real,” she told the Sunday Times Style magazine. “It’s really important to remember that all it is, is noise, noise that can be very loud at times.”

The pair’s split was reported to be amicable and they are said to have remained good friends.

Since, Cressida has been working hard on her blossoming Hollywood career. In an apparent reference to being known as the prince’s former partner, she said: “I hope the focus is becoming more about the skills that I have.”

Cressida, known to her friends as Cressy, is no stranger to the world of drama, dance and music. Speaking of the environment in which she grew up, the daughter of Sixties cover girl Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon said it was "full of drama and music and thespian-like people”.

The fledgling actress is currently the star in a 30-second fashion dance film for Mulberry alongside actor Freddie Fox.

Later this year, the pretty blonde will make her film debut in Harvey Weinstein’s new movie Tulip Fever, alongside the likes of Dame Judi Dench and Cara Delevingne.

The Hollywood mega-mogul has predicted big things for her. “People will see what a fantastic actress she is,” Harvey has said. “It will be the first of many roles for her.”

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