|Born||Chelsy Yvonne Davy
13 October 1985
|Alma mater||University of Cape Town University of Leeds|
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. She has a younger brother, Shaun, and grew up at her family's homestead in the Lemco Safari Area.
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". 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." After being criticized by the press, however, Charles Davy sold his share in the business.
Davy received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Cape Town in 2006, and a law degree (LLB) from Leeds University in 2009. 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. In September 2011, Davy began work as a trainee solicitor at London law firm Allen & Overy and now works as a solicitor at the firm.
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. Davy announced the end of the relationship on 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. 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". After the relationship ended, Davy spent several months in South Africa, then resumed her job at a London law firm.
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