PRINCE HARRY’s former girlfriend Chelsy Davy opened up about her seven-year romance with the prince, admitting that she struggled to cope with the public and press scrutiny in a throwback interview.
Chelsy is a Zimbabwean businesswoman, who dated Harry from 2004 to 2010, and had what was said to be a “turbulent” relationship with him. In an interview with The Times in 2016, Chelsy admitted that she found the constant media attention she received during their time together “crazy and scary”. Both Harry and Chelsy were very wary of the media and, when they broke up in 2010, Chelsy retreated to Zimbabwe in a bid to deal with it out of the spotlight.
She said: “It was so full-on: crazy and scary and uncomfortable.
“I found it very difficult when it was bad. I couldn’t cope. I was trying to be a normal kid, and it was horrible.”
Reflecting on their breakup, she said: “It was nuts. That’s also why I wanted to go back to Africa. Now it’s calm, it’s fine.”
Chelsy, who studied at Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire and later Stowe School, met Harry while she was a boarder at the latter.
Chelsy Davy attending Prince Harry’s wedding in 2018 (left) (Image: GETTY)
Harry and Chelsy at the Cartier International Polo match at the Guards Polo Club on 30 July, 2006 (Image: GETTY)
She then studied at the University of Cape Town, and got to know Harry better during his gap year in the South African city.
After getting her bachelor’s degree in economics in 2006, she moved back to the UK to study for a postgraduate law course at Leeds University, which meant she could be closer to Harry too.
She got her law degree in 2009 and landed a job at a top solicitor’s firm in 2011.
Despite being a hard-worker, she was often branded a ‘party girl’ by the media.
Harry and Chelsy at South Africa vs. England rugby match in Twickenham in 2008 (Image: GETTY)
Chelsy said: “I like to enjoy life, but I like to achieve things and am very ambitious.
“They can be forgiven for not knowing I was working really hard. I didn’t shout about it.
“If you go out once, they take your picture, but they don’t take a picture of you going to work every morning, it’s of you falling out of a nightclub at 4am.”
After a difficult, on-again off-again relationship, they split for the last time in May 2010, with Chelsy announcing it on Facebook.
Chelsy attends Harry’s Army Air Corps pilots course graduation ceremony in May 2010 (Image: GETTY)
In 2011, amid rumours of a possible reconciliation, Harry publicly professed himself “100 percent single”.
Chelsy, who attended the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011, said she would not marry Harry due to rising incompatibility of life choices in the relationship.
However, she remained part of Harry’s inner circle for years after and often attended events with other members of the Royal Family, including Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie.
Chelsy insisted that she will “always be good friends” with Harry.
In fact, she even attended his wedding to Meghan Markle in May 2018.
Chelsy’s struggles as Harry’s girlfriend echoes much of what Meghan and Harry have said recently.
They blamed the press scrutiny for their struggles, with Meghan telling ITV’s Tom Brady in October: “It’s hard.
“When I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it, because the British tabloids will destroy your life.’”
Harry and Meghan have stepepd down as senior royals (Image: GETTY)
They stepped down as senior royals in March and have moved to Los Angeles with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Meanwhile, Chelsy launched her own luxury African jewellery line, Aya, in 2016.
This year, Chelsy announced Aya would be branching out into the luxury travel sector to organise African holidays.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK