The truth about Prince Harry's ex, Cressida Bonas

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's fairytale romance seems like it was fated to be, but for a time royal watchers thought that Prince Harry would end up with longtime girlfriend Cressida Bonas. Prince Harry and his past love were involved from 2012 to 2014 after being introduced by Prince Harry's cousin, Princess Eugenie. Ultimately, the relationship between the two didn't work out, although the former couple remained on good terms. Bonas was even in attendance at Harry and Meghan's wedding in 2018.

Things clearly ended up as they were supposed to, but we still can't help but wonder what happened between Prince Harry and his ex. While she remained quiet on what ended their relationship for years, Bonas recently opened up about the self doubt that has plagued her throughout her life and that may have contributed to her breakup with Prince Harry.

"The fear of failing, the fear of rejection, the fear of not getting it right, the fear of not being perfect... I think that has limited me in certain situations in my life," she told The Daily Telegraph.

Why did Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas break up?

While Bonas didn't confirm that it was this fear that kept her from marrying Prince Harry, it does seem like it may have been at least part of it. There's also the fact that marrying into the royal family would have meant giving up a lot of her own goals — something she wasn't willing to do. "She and Harry were very happy and were in love," royal biographer Katie Nicholl told Newsweek. "But, I think, for Cressida, her ambitions were to become an actress, she hated being defined as Prince Harry's girlfriend."

Things seem to be going well for Bonas, who said she has learned to deal with the anxiety that has been with her for so long. "I think I have grown confident and fortunately I have learnt not to sweat the small stuff too much," she said.

Per Tatler, Bonas is engaged to her boyfriend from university, Harry Wentworth-Stanley. Her acting career is also thriving, with her IMDb page boasting roles in shows and films like Doctor Thorne, Tulip Fever, and White House Farm.