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Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas were photographed enjoying a date night in London on Monday after reports claimed the couple had split.
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The pair, who began dating in May 2012, were casually dressed while dining at Byron Hamburgers in Kensington, which is an upmarket chain minutes from Kensington Palace. Harry, 29, appeared happy and relaxed while sporting a grey shirt, dark blue jeans and a cap while Bonas, 24, opted for head-to-toe black and a pink beanie.
"They were having a good time," a source at the eatery told People magazine
Bonas, who is a dance student, is the daughter of 1960s society beauty Lady Mary Gaye Curzon and her third husband, Old Harrovian businessman Jeffrey Bonas. Tabloids claimed she and Harry were headed for a split after they spent the holidays apart, however this is untrue.
While they were not together during Christmas, insiders claim this is common protocol for unmarried royals.
"Cressida will be with her family for Christmas," an alleged friend of Bonas previously told The Telegraph U.K.
"His Royal Highness knows that it would not be appropriate for Miss Bonas to join the Royal family for Christmas until they are a married couple," the insider explained.
Harry and Bonas were subject to engagement rumors throughout 2013 however the British socialite's brother previously slammed wedding rumors as "ludicrous."
Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, who is a 30-year-old DJ, expressed concern about the media scrutiny that Bonas is now subject to due to her involvement with Harry, who is fourth in line to the British throne.
"Cressida is not a tough cookie at all. She's a very sensitive, sweet girl. It's challenging, you can't deny it. It's not something that is easy for anyone dating a royal or marrying into the Family," Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe told London's Evening Standard.
"On some level it is different to any other type of fame. It's an invasion of privacy, which is hard," he continued. "There are people who court that but when you spend your life hiding from it, I think that becomes very exhausting. I think it's a very difficult thing."