Thursday 13 December 2018

The moment Chelsy Davy knew her relationship with Prince Harry 'never could have worked'

Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy in 2007
Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy in 2007
Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy in 2007
Britain's Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy in 2008
Chelsy Davy arrives at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry kisses his girlfriend Chelsy Davy during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Super Eight match between England and Australia at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds on April 8, 2007
Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy laugh as they attend Prince Harry's Pilot Course Graduation at the Army Aviation Centre on May 7, 2010
Chelsy Davy and Kate Middleton watch Prince Harry and Prince William play in a charity polo match in 2006.
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William (R) and Prince Harry (C) and guest Chelsy Davy (L) watch the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium on July 1, 2007
Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy leave a service of remembrance and thanksgiving at the Holy Trinity Church on May 5, 2008 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Getty Images)
Chelsy Davy (C) arrives for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. Odd ANDERSEN/Pool via REUTERS
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy reportedly knew she did the right thing in ending their relationship when she saw Kate Middleton and Prince William's very public life together.

The pair split in 2010 after six years together, after Davy, a British-Zimbabwean jewellery designer, could no longer cope with life in the royal fishbowl. And it was at Kate and William's wedding in 2011, which she attended, that she knew she did the right thing.

In a new biography, Harry: Conversations with the Prince, Angela Levin speaks with friends of the former couple and details that it was "seeing the enormity and pomp of the day convinced Chelsy that she and Harry had been right to separate."

"Although they had a lot in common, she saw clearly that because they came from such different worlds it could never have worked, especially as she valued her privacy and guarded it so carefully."

Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy leave a service of remembrance and thanksgiving at the Holy Trinity Church on May 5, 2008 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy leave a service of remembrance and thanksgiving at the Holy Trinity Church on May 5, 2008 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Getty Images)

Chelsy and Harry remained famously close after their break-up, before his May 19 wedding to Meghan Markle, when they are said to have had a tearful phone call admitting their friendship could no longer continue and she was surprised that she wasn't invited to the exclusive wedding after-party at Frogmore House.

It was a significant cut on the 600-strong guestlist that filled St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle for their wedding ceremony. Davy was in tears when she realised she had only been included in a small portion of the day, adding some closure that they really had both moved on.

"It was their final call, a parting call in which they both acknowledged Harry was moving on. Chelsy was quite emotional about it all, she was in tears and almost didn’t go to the wedding," a source told Vanity Fair.

"In the end, she went and promised Harry she wouldn’t try and gatecrash the party."

Chelsy Davy and Kate Middleton watch Prince Harry and Prince William play in a charity polo match in 2006.
Chelsy Davy and Kate Middleton watch Prince Harry and Prince William play in a charity polo match in 2006.
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William (R) and Prince Harry (C) and guest Chelsy Davy (L) watch the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium on July 1, 2007

She has previously spoken about the stress the relationship put on her life, a sentiment echoed by another of Harry's exes Cressida Bonas.

"It was so full-on: crazy and scary and uncomfortable," she told The Times in 2016.

"I found it very difficult when it was bad. I couldn’t cope. I was young, I was trying to be a normal kid, and it was horrible.”

Chelsy Davy (C) arrives for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. Odd ANDERSEN/Pool via REUTERS
Chelsy Davy (C) arrives for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. Odd ANDERSEN/Pool via REUTERS

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