Cressida Bonas, a British actor, has spoken up of her frustration at being “pigeonholed” as Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend, despite forging a career of her own, reports Daily Mail.
Bonas, who had a relationship with Prince Harry from 2012 to 2014, said that people were very quick to put her in a box, admitting it is “incredibly frustrating” to be defined by her relationship to a man.
As an actor, Bonas will next be seen as Sonia Brownell, a literary editor remembered as the second wife of George Orwell and custodian of his estate.
Rumour has it that the starlet split with Prince Harry amid frustrations about life in the public eye, and the impact it had on her career as a fledgling actor.
While appearing on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour to discuss the new role, Bonas was asked by interviewer Emma Barnett whether the publicity she received while dating the Prince gave her an insight into “being defined by a much more famous man.”
“Yeah, I think it’s that thing of being pigeonholed,” she said. “Especially in this country, I find people are very quick to put you in a box or put you in a corner and think, ‘Oh well, you’re that so you must be this.’ It’s incredibly frustrating, especially in the industry that I’m in. But, you know, it is the way it is. It’s about making a stand and saying no this is who I am and this is what I want to do.”
Bonas went on to say, “It’s the same with Sonia, but obviously in a completely different context.
“I think if Sonia were in today’s world she’d be celebrated because she’s very ambitious, very modern, but at that time, in that world, it was a man’s world.”
The Telegraph awarded the play three stars, noting Bonas has “mastered the arts of playing a slightly bored, glacial, but perhaps secretly ravishingly hot, upper-crust English rose.”
She has previously starred in An Evening With Lucian Freud on stage, and is due to appear in film Tulip Fever alongside Dame Judi Dench and Cara Delevingne.
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