Dating Prince Harry was 'scary and uncomfortable' claims his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy in unearthed quotes.
- Dating Prince Harry was 'scary and uncomfortable' when it came to the press attention they received according to his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy.
- The Duke of Sussex met the Zimbabwean businesswoman when she was a boarder at Stowe School in early 2004.
- This royal news comes as it's revealed there's a sign ‘struggling’ Prince Harry could be set to go solo without wife Meghan Markle (opens in new tab).
Dating Prince Harry was a 'scary and uncomfortable' experience says Chelsy Davy, who is reported to have had a "turbulent" relationship with the Duke due to the press intrusion and scrutiny they both faced as a royal couple.
Chelsy first met Harry when she was boarding at Stowe School back in 2004 and became an on-off couple up until 2010 when she announced the end of their relationship on Facebook.
And despite attending both Prince William and Prince Harry's weddings, Chelsy shed some light on what it was like dating a royal in 2016 when she told The Times, "Yes it was tough. It was so full-on: crazy scary and uncomfortable. 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.”
Her comments have been unearthed after Prince Harry has opened up on his 'unresolved trauma' (opens in new tab) for his new mental health docuseries on Apple+TV, The Me You Can't See (opens in new tab), and the mental challenge he faced after losing his mother at such a young age. With a clip from Diana’s funeral (opens in new tab) making it into the series’ trailer.
But back when he was dating Chelsy, he was aware of how bad it was for her. During an interview for his 21st birthday, he was asked about the effect the press had on her and he replied, “I can see how upset she gets…My girlfriend is somebody who’s very special to me, and yes, she’s gone through some very hard times.”
Chelsy, who was trying to build a career in law, struggled to deal with the press attention she got from living a normal life. She added, “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 a 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.”
Meanwhile, Prince Harry has continued to battle with privacy and he recently spoke of his constant fears of losing wife Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) the same way he lost his mother Princess Diana.
Speaking in his new Apple TV+ docuseries, which he co-created with Oprah Winfrey - the same talk show host who conducted his bombshell interview (opens in new tab), the Duke of Sussex revealed his fears about “history repeating itself”.
He went on to compare Meghan’s situation to that of his late mother Princess Diana, who tragically died in a car crash in 1997, alongside film producer Dodi Al Fayed.
Opening up about the traumatic loss of Diana when he was just 12, Harry, said, “My mother was chased to her death while she was in a relationship with someone who wasn’t white. And now look what’s happened.”
Harry has previously discussed how the media attention Meghan in particular received contributed significantly to their decision to step back. Whilst in The Me You Can’t See, he went on to speak of his fear that he could lose his wife as he lost his mother.
“You want to talk about history repeating itself. They’re not going to stop until she dies,” he claimed. “It’s incredibly triggering to potentially lose another woman in my life.”
Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.
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