These latest claims appear to add weight to rumours of a feud threatening to overwhelm the royal family. Harry reportedly fell out with Prince William last year after his older brother expressed concern that his relationship with Meghan was developing “too quickly”. While earlier this year, The Express newspaper divulged that after meeting his future daughter-in-law, Prince Charles had told a friend, “I just hope he doesn’t marry her”.
It’s likely the royal family had always expected Harry to marry someone more in keeping with his own background, such as former girlfriends Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy. While Harry’s biographer Chris Hutchins has claimed that Cressida was “the most suitable person he has ever had in his life”, it’s thought that Harry’s feelings for long-term, on-again, off-again girlfriend Chelsy were stronger.
Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan in their Own Words, believes Harry always hoped Chelsy would be his future wife.
“I don’t have any doubt that Chelsy was the love of Harry’s life and he will always carry a torch for her.
“I’m sure he wanted to marry her and the only reason he didn’t was because she got cold feet and couldn’t face the prospect of living the rest of her life in the spotlight as a princess.
“She just wasn’t cut out for it and so the relationship was doomed in the long term.”
Chelsy is said to be concerned about Harry and was in London last week to no doubt check on him. She visited some of the royal family’s favourite haunts including Annabel’s nightclub. It’s likely that Prince Harry – who still keeps in touch with his ex girlfriend and invited her to his wedding – will catch up with Chelsy when he and Meghan visit South Africa later this year.
Although, after royal correspondent Katie Nicholl’s recent claim that Harry and Chelsy had a “secret rendezvous” in 2015, this might be an awkward meeting for the threesome.
In the meantime, royal fans are hoping to see Harry return to his old, happier self as soon as possible. “Hopefully it’s a phase and he will pull out of it as the monarchy needs the old Harry back,” says Phil Dampier.
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