Chelsy Davy

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Chelsy Davy
Chelsy Davy.jpg
Davy as bridesmaid at the wedding of Lady Melissa Percy
Born Chelsy Yvonne Davy
(1985-10-13) 13 October 1985 (age 28)
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Nationality Zimbabwean
Alma mater University of Leeds
Parents Charles and Beverley Davy

Chelsy Yvonne Davy (born 13 October 1985) is a Zimbabwean national who was the on-off girlfriend of Prince Harry from early 2004 to 2010.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Chelsy Davy was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, to Charles Davy, a South African safari farmer, and Beverley Donald Davy, a former Coca-Cola model and Miss Rhodesia 1973.[3] She has a younger brother, Shaun,[4][5] and grew up at her family's homestead in the Lemco Safari Area.[6][6][7]

Her father Charles is one of the largest private landowners in Zimbabwe, and is reported to own 1,200 km² (460 mi²) of land. He maintains business ties with controversial politician Webster Shamu, of whom he has said, "I am in partnership with a person who I personally like and get along with".[8] Davy's father was also reported to have a close relationship with Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, but dismissed this as "a spate of rubbish" in the wake of his daughter's relationship with Prince Harry, telling The Daily Telegraph: "I am in business. Not politics."[9][10] After being criticized by the press, however, Charles Davy sold his share in the business.[11]

Davy currently works as an attorney in London.[12]

Career[edit]

Davy received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Cape Town in 2006, and a law degree (LLM) from Leeds University in 2009.[11][12] She began an internship for Farrer & Company in December 2008, but instead of accepting a permanent position at the firm, she took a second gap year.[13] In September 2011, Davy began work as a trainee solicitor at London law firm Allen & Overy.[14]

Relationship with Prince Harry[edit]

Davy had what the press described as a "turbulent" relationship with Prince Harry, the younger son of the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. The pair met in early 2004 while Davy was a boarder at Stowe School, and were an on-and-off couple until May 2010.[15] Davy announced the end of the relationship over Facebook. In 2011, addressing rumours of a possible reconciliation, Prince Harry publicly professed himself as "100 per cent single," revealing that he had no time for a relationship of any kind.[14][16][17][18] However, Davy was invited to attend the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011, where she stated that she would never marry Prince Harry because "It's not a life for me".[19] After the relationship ended, Davy spent several months in South Africa, then resumed her job at a London law firm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ English, Rebecca (7 May 2010). "Air corps blimey! Chelsy Davy looks simply stunning in cream babydoll dress as Prince Harry gets his helicopter wings". Daily Mail (London). 
  2. ^ "Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy split?". Female First. 
  3. ^ Sykes, Tom (26 April 2011). "Chelsy Davy, The Hard-Partying Wedding Guest". The Daily Beast (USA). Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Charles Davy mutilates our story, threatens lawsuit". The Zimdiaspora. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2008. 
  5. ^ Blair, David (6 November 2005). "Chelsy Davy: The flighty blonde in a bikini who couldn't face up to life as a princess". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 25 June 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "5 Things You Don't Know About Chelsy Davy". US Magazine via MSN entertainment. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Marre, Oliver (5 July 2006). "Introducing the Ladies in Waiting". The Observer (UK). Retrieved 17 July 2006. 
  8. ^ Daily Telegraph report:Charles Davy defends business interests
  9. ^ Blair, David (6 November 2005). "Zimbabwe's great white survivor". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 25 June 2008. 
  10. ^ Hunt, Peter (25 January 2011). "When Harry Met Chelsy". BBC. Retrieved 30 March 2009. 
  11. ^ a b Sheila Marikar (2011-04-28). "Royal Wedding: Chelsy Davy vs. Kate Middleton". abcnews.com. 
  12. ^ a b Chelsea Davy - LinkedIn profile
  13. ^ Nicholl, Katie (2 March 2009). "Chelsy Davy seeks permanent position". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 30 March 2009. 
  14. ^ a b Nicholl, Katie (25 January 2009). "It's no life for me', says Chelsy Davy". The Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Prince Harry and girlfriend split". BBC News. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2009. 
  16. ^ Pierce, Andrew (25 January 2009). "Chelsy Davy announces end of relationship to Prince Harry on Facebook". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  17. ^ Nicholl, Katie (25 January 2009). "It's the Army or me, Harry". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Prince Harry says he's 100 per cent single". The Daily Telegraph (UK). 27 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  19. ^ Nicholl, Katie (1 May 2011). "Why Chelsy Davy Will Never Marry Prince Harry". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 1 May 2011.