Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas persuaded him to go to therapy

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Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas dated for about two years, between 2012 and 2014. It was during this time that Cressida, according to Palace papers by Tina Brownencouraged the prince to seek help for mental therapy.

“His outbursts were increasingly frequent and childish,” writes Brown. “He started boxing because, as he later said, he was always ‘on the verge of punching somebody’. Cressida began to have serious concerns about his mental health. He didn’t is not widely known that she was the one who persuaded Harry to see a therapist.”

An unnamed family friend told Brown that Cressida “made him accept that he was in trouble and saw a psychoanalyst.”

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Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas in March 2014.

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A mutual friend of Cressida and Harry also told Brown that when the two broke up, Harry wrote her a letter thanking her for pushing him into therapy. The friend recalls, “He wrote her a sweet letter saying I look up to you, wish you good luck and most importantly thank you for helping me tackle my demons and asking for help.”

According to the BBCHarry and Cressida split up because she wanted to focus on her acting career, although it was also speculated that media scrutiny led to the end of their relationship.

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Cressida Bonas attended the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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The breakup was amicable. Cressida and Harry have remained friends, and she was even present at his 2018 wedding to Meghan Markle. “Last weekend I attended the royal wedding,” she wrote in a blog post about the day. “The invitation clearly stated that guests were required to wear hats. Yikes. I opted for a minimum number of feathers and can only hope I understood correctly.”

Cressida married another Harry, Harry Wentworth-Stanley, in 2020, but her famous ex was not present, possibly due to the pandemic.

“I had a marriage in confinement,” wrote Cressida in the Spectator. “A sanitized 30-person, socially distanced church service was held in less than two weeks. Restrictions meant no hymns, no wind instruments and no speaking too loudly. A disappointment for a family of musicians Not what we had envisioned, but a more intimate and special day than we could have ever imagined Flawed but perfect – a day we will never forget.


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