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Prince Harry was encouraged by a former girlfriend to seek therapy.
Before the British prince embarked on a whirlwind romance with Meghan Markle, he met English actress and model Cressida Bonas through her cousin Princess Eugenie in 2012.
Bonas, an earl’s daughter, “was of his world, but not obsessed with him,” Brown wrote in her latest bombshell book. “A beauty but not a beauty, with a budding acting career on stage and television after leaving the University of Leeds.”
Brown, a former Vanity Fair editor, has written a new book about the royal family titled “The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – The Truth and the Turmoil.” It explores “the scandals, romances, power plays and betrayals” that have rocked the royal family over the past 20 years and features new revelations based on Brown’s access to palace insiders.
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The best-selling author once wrote a biography about the Princess of Wales titled “The Chronicles of Diana”, which was published in 2007. For his latest book, Brown said he spoke to more than 120 sources close to senior members of the royal family.
Brown explored Harry’s relationship with Bonas, which took place between 2012 and 2014. She wrote that, among friends and family, “there was general agreement that Mrs Bonas had all the makings of a perfect match for Harry, who was madly in love with her.”
However, Brown alleged Bonas, 33, was concerned about Harry’s mental health and how he was coping with public life.
“Without his Army comrades to cut him down, his sense of entitlement was out of whack,” Brown claimed in his book. “His outbursts were becoming more frequent and childish. He took up boxing because, as he later said, he was always ‘about to punch someone’. Cressida began to seriously worry about her mental health. It is not widely known that she was the one who persuaded Harry to see a therapist.”
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An unnamed family friend alleged to Brown that Bonas “made him accept he was in trouble and see a psychoanalyst.”
A mutual friend of the former couple also told Brown that when the couple called him, Harry, 37, wrote Bonas a letter and thanked her for pushing him for therapy.
“He wrote her a sweet letter saying that I look up to you, wish you well, and most importantly thank you for helping me tackle my demons and asking for help,” Brown wrote.
Disappointed pals awaited an engagement announcement from Harry and Bonas. But at the time of their split, reports alleged that Bonas wanted to focus on her acting career. It was also speculated that the media scrutiny made her realize she didn’t want to deal with the pressures of royal life.
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Still, the split was amicable. Bonas and Harry remained friends, and she even attended his wedding to Markle in 2018. In 2020, Bonas married another Harry — Harry Wentworth-Stanley. Although her famous ex did not attend, it should be noted that the ceremony took place during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I had a wedding in confinement,” Bonas wrote in Spectator. “A 30-person, socially distanced sanitized church service was organized in less than two weeks. Restrictions meant no anthems, no wind instruments and no speaking too loudly. A disappointment for a family of musicians. Not what we envisioned, but a more intimate and special day than we could have ever imagined. Imperfect but perfect – a day we will never forget.”
Brown said Harry was “convinced he was going to be single for the rest of his life”, until he laid eyes on Markle, an American actress. The couple met in 2016 on a blind date and the relationship is said to have gone from “0 to 60”. In 2017, the prince proposed, and the couple said “yes” in 2018.
Brown alleged that Harry wanted to marry the former ‘Suits’ star “as quickly as possible” because he wanted her to be protected by the police. He was also ready to start his own family.
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A palace spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment regarding Brown’s book. However, a spokesperson previously told Fox News Digital that the palace generally does not comment on “these books.” A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as British media intrusions and racist attitudes towards Markle, 40. The family now resides in the coastal town of Montecito, California with their two children.
After stepping down from their royal duties, they gave an explosive TV interview to Oprah Winfrey in which the couple described painful comments about how dark Archie’s skin was before he was born. The Duchess spoke of the intense isolation she felt within the royal family which led her to consider suicide.
Buckingham Palace said the couple’s allegations of racism were “worrying” and would be dealt with privately.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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