The day before news broke that Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy had called a halt to their five-year romance, the Zimbabwean-born beauty was spotted out and about London’s Sloane Square with her mum. They shopped at the General Trading Company, then lunched at Oriel restaurant. Chelsy, 23, “looked calm and collected,” said a fellow diner. “It didn’t look like she had just split up.”
In this case, looks were deceiving. For on Jan. 24, a royal source took the unusual step of confirming reports that the couple, who looked in love and adorable on vacation in Mauritius just a few weeks ago, had indeed parted ways. Calling the split “amicable,” the source told PEOPLE they felt their relationship “had run its course.”
Those close to the prince believe time and distance may have pulled the two apart. Chelsy, a law student at Leeds University, is graduating this spring and is homesick for Africa; Harry, 24, seems more committed than ever to army life, having embarked on an intensive training course to become a helicopter pilot. “He needs to concentrate 100 percent,” says the royal source.
The split came as a shock to Harry’s friends, some of whom hope the two will get back together. “I don’t see this as long-term,” a friend says of the pair, who broke up briefly in 2007. “They’ve had their tiffs.” Another pal, however, believes this time it’s for real. “It came right out of the blue,” he told PEOPLE. “But I don’t think if he was madly in love with her, he would have knocked it on the head. I think it is a case of, ‘Let’s call it a day; we had some fun.'”