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Prince Harry’s ex, Cressida Bonas, gets ‘compassionate leave’ from job to deal with breakup

Britain’s Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas, who broke up last week, at England’s Six Nations international rugby union match against Wales at Twickenham in London. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

We’re all familiar with the standard steps of plodding through the misery that accompanies a breakup:

  • Ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream.
  • A sad rendition of “I Will Survive,” “Ex-Factor,” “All By Myself,” or “Why Don’t You Love Me?” at your local karaoke bar. (Honorable mentions: “Someone Like You,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Landslide.” There are loads of Spotify playlists dedicated to this very thing.)
  • Re-activate your OK Cupid account. Or Tinder, or Grindr, or Dattch.
  • Go on an ill-advised rebound date with someone from said account. Immediately regret taking your friends’ advice to “get back out there.”
  • Drastically change your hair.

Well, there’s nothing standard about dating a member of Britain’s royal family, and apparently, there’s nothing standard about breaking up with one, either. Cressida Bonas, who reportedly ended her two-year relationship with Prince Harry last week, has been granted compassionate leave from her job. Basically, it’s time off to stay at home and lick your wounds privately instead of sniffling through your work like a love-lorn zombie or snapping at your colleagues like all normal people. 

Surely, that’s covered by FMLA, right? Says Vanity Fair’s Royal Watch:

According to sources, Cressida, who is currently working for a marketing company in London’s Soho, has been given compassionate leave from work, while she gets over the break up. She was photographed earlier this week looking tired and drawn as she made her way to the office, and hasn’t been seen since then.

When Kate Middleton and Prince William broke up in 2007, she was granted the same thing. No word on whether or not that’s paid leave, but hey, try it out.

Harry does not seem to be suffering the same difficulties; he has been living it up at Miami pre-wedding celebrations for his friend, Guy Pelly.

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on issues surrounding race, gender and sexuality.



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