Did Cressida Bonas Follow Kate Middleton's Plan to Win Back Her Prince?

Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry are reportedly back together, and their road to reconciliation bears a strong resemblance to another famous royal breakup-and-makeup scenario — Prince William and Kate Middleton's split in 2007. Way back in the day, William and Kate shocked everyone when they called things off just as marriage rumors were heating up between the two. However, the pair was back together a few months after their split, and some royal watchers think it may have had something to do with Kate's savvy way of dealing with the breakup. Despite being hurt by their breakup, Kate made a point to go out more, showing the world (and Wills) that she was really enjoying the single life. Knowingly or not, it's a move that Cressida followed in the months after her separation from Harry. Keep reading to see how Cressida's postbreakup plan mimicked Kate's actions back in 2007.

Keeping It Happy and Classy: Kate
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Keeping It Happy and Classy: Kate

After her split from Will, Kate started to step out for more social events, like this book launch she attended with her sister, Pippa Middleton, in May 2007. Her frequent appearances proved that she was not content with sitting at home moping about her split. However, despite Kate's sudden openness with being photographed, she made a point to shy away from the press and didn't give out any details about the couple's breakup. Even if Kate was hurt about being dumped (which she has admitted she was), she was still going to remain a good ally to William and protect what they once had. Her discretion probably proved to the prince that she was a woman he needed to work hard to keep.

Keeping It Happy and Classy: Cressida
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Keeping It Happy and Classy: Cressida

As with Kate, Cressida didn't stay at home moping about her split from Harry. Instead, she popped up at more events, including a swanky party with her friend (and Harry's cousin) Princess Beatrice. She also followed Kate's lead in not speaking with the press about Harry, a fact that probably won her more brownie points with the royal family.

Having Fun: Kate
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Having Fun: Kate

Kate — who was no stranger to London's club scene when she was dating William — didn't let her split from the prince keep her from going out late at night. In fact, in May 2007, she and her girlfriends popped up at more and more clubs, and she looked as if splitting with the world's most eligible bachelor was the furthest thing from her mind.

Having Fun: Cressida
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Having Fun: Cressida

Being a big lover of indie music, Cressida was already a frequent festivalgoer by the time she and Harry got serious. She didn't let their split keep her from popping up at Glastonbury in June, where she was photographed laughing and chatting with actor Will Poulter while wearing tiny denim shorts. Who needs a prince when you can flirt with a cute star?

Diving Into Work: Kate
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Diving Into Work: Kate

After splitting with Will, avid athlete Kate found solace by channeling her energy into training for the Sisterhood Cross-Channel Challenge in rowing. Again, the theme was clear: Kate wasn't interested in playing the sad, scorned woman and was instead focused on her own happiness.

Diving Into Work: Cressida
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Diving Into Work: Cressida

As an aspiring actress, Cressida reportedly felt that her relationship with Harry held her back from taking jobs because she didn't want to appear to be capitalizing on their romance. However, once they were broken up, she was free to take on more roles, including a part in There's a Monster in the Lake, a play at Rosemary Branch Theatre in London. Cressida was seen leaving a performance in July.

The Reconciliation: Kate
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The Reconciliation: Kate

Will and Kate confirmed that they were back together in July 2007, when Kate was given a prime spot at the Concert For Diana event, which Harry and William had organized. While Kate and Will didn't sit together, this was a sure sign that the two were at least still on good terms. Shortly after the concert, Will and Kate let it be known that they were back together for good.

The Reconciliation: Cressida
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The Reconciliation: Cressida

Rumors of a reconciliation between Cressida and Harry first popped up when she was spotted attending the closing ceremony concert for his Invictus Games in September. Her appearance was all the more surprising because she reportedly had rushed back to make the concert after attending a family member's wedding in Italy. As with Kate and Will's concert appearance, Cressida and Harry weren't seen interacting, but her presence was enough to raise questions about their split. Shortly afterward, the pair was spotted going on a date together.