For Prince Harry, the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton turned out to be life-changing. It was their marriage that eventually helped Prince Harry with his longtime on-again, off-again girlfriend Chelsy Davy.
What’s the story?
Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy were not officially together during the time when Prince William and Kate Middleton had tied the knot. But Davy was invited to the wedding in 2011 as she had been a close friend of the royal family. According to royal biographer and historian Robert Lacey, watching Kate Middleton closely on the D-day, Chelsy Davy realized how she could not live a royal life. The fairytale wedding helped her understand how she could not be able to make the kind of sacrifices needed to become part of the royal family.
It prompted her to take a call and have a difficult conversation with Prince Harry. This changed the life of Prince Harry forever.
In Battle of Brothers, royal expert Robert Lacey wrote in detail about the episode. “In 2011, after more comings and goings, she finally decided to go—and it was, ironically, Kate and William’s grand and glorious wedding that spring that did it for her.” According to The Mirror, he wrote, “According to a friend, she told Harry that she could never make the sacrifices she had witnessed Kate making, particularly when it came to molding her life around the unremitting attention of the press.”
For Chelsy Davy, the wedding was “so full on—crazy and scary and uncomfortable.” Another royal biographer, Angela Levin, also covered the same in her book, Harry: Conversations with the Prince. “A friend revealed that seeing the enormity and pomp of the day convinced Chelsy that she and Harry had been right to separate,” she wrote, as reported by The Mirror. “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.”