Here’s Why Prince Harry’s Exes Attended the Royal Wedding

The unusual gesture says something interesting about the prince.

Here’s Why Prince Harry’s Exes Attended the Royal Wedding

The unusual gesture says something interesting about the prince.

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Evidently breaking up wasn’t hard to do—and neither is saying friends.

Both of Prince Harry’s ex-loves, Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas, showed up to St. George’s Chapel to watch their former boyfriend marry Meghan Markle.

Chelsy Davy was first to arrive and was spotted in St. George’s Chapel looking somewhat rueful and quiet, staying her seat while guests mingled around her. She was accompanied by her brother. Davy had a somewhat tempestuous relationship with Harry over their seven year relationship. The South African native struggled being in media spotlight 24/7, and the couple broke up in 2011.

The Zimbabwean national was widely believed to be “the one.” She  studied at the University of Cape Town, before moving to Leeds University to study law to be closer to Harry. She now works for ethically-sourced jewelery company, Aya Africa, in Zambia.

Harry dated actress Cressida Bonas from 2012 to 2014. They were introduced by Princess Eugenie in May 2012. She is the granddaughter of Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe. She broke up with Harry to focus on her acting career, but had then had a change of heart. After Harry announced his engagement, Bonas posted a cryptic meme to her Instagram account, captioned “Truth,” which read: “No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells it all.”

So why did they show up to see another woman marry the man they once loved?

“Harry ended things with both women as friends and has stayed on good terms with them,” said my royal source. “It is a testament to the kind of man he is—kind, decent, and honorable. For those women to be there shows they still have great affection for him.”

This seems reminiscent of Prince Charles’ ex-love, Camilla Parker Bowles, now his wife, in the congregation at his wedding to Princess Diana in 1981.

“Meghan has nothing to worry about,” said the insider. “Harry is deeply in love with Meghan. She is secure in knowing that.” For proof on that, just check out the 15 Reasons Prince Harry Is the Most Romantic Royal.

Diane Clehane is a New York-based journalist and author of Imagining Diana and Diana: The Secrets of Her Style.

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