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Prince Harry celebrates birthday with former girlfriend Cressida Bonas

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Prince Harry rang in his 31st birthday surrounded by a group of close friends on Tuesday evening – as well as his former girlfriend, actress Cressida Bonas. Having taken part in an official engagement in Sussex on Wednesday, the handsome royal flew back to London by helicopter to spend the evening with his friends and former love at the Cross Keys pub in Chelsea.Harry and Cressida's appearance together, which comes as it has emerged that Cressida, 26, has split from her latest beau Edward Holcroft, will no doubt spark rumours that the pair will rekindle their romance.

Harry and Cressida pictured together in 2014; the pair still remain good friends

The fifth in line to the throne dated the blonde actress for two years before breaking up last March after a row over attending the wedding of Harry's good friend, Guy Pelly.According to a source, the duo simply remain good friends. They told Mail Online: "They were out with a group of friends having a drink to celebrate Harry's 31st. It was also a chance for him to say hello to some of his pals, having spent the summer working in Africa.

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Cressida pictured at the Dior Croisiere 2016 show in May

"Harry and Cress have always kept in touch and are fond of each other. They aren't together at the moment and although you can never say never, I would be very surprised if it happened [again]."Cressida is very fond of him but, well, he didn't quite cut the mustard. The issues that were there when they broke up haven't changed."

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Prince Harry attended the Battle of Britain flypast on Tuesday

Asked what those issues might be, the friend said: "I think Harry just expected Cress to keep up with his lifestyle. But she isn't wealthy, she's a hard-working girl who just couldn't do that. "Her career is going well and she just has other things going on in her life, she's not the type to be at anyone's beck and call. "Cressida and Harry met through the Prince's cousin Princess Eugenie in 2012, but the fledgling actress reportedly felt unable to fully pursue her career while dating the Queen's grandson.

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