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Prince Harry's Ex Chelsy Davy Opens Up About the 'Scary' Scrutiny Surrounding Their Relationship: 'I Couldn't Cope'

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Prince Harry‘s former flame Chelsy Davy is opening up about her longtime relationship with the royal.

Zimbabwe-born Davy, who recently launched her own jewelry line, called the constant attention she received while dating the prince, “scary.”

“It was so full-on: crazy and scary and uncomfortable. I found it very difficult when it was bad. I couldn’t cope,” she told The Times.

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Describing herself as “just a normal kid,” she says it was “tough” to handle the scrutiny.

“I was trying to be a normal kid and it was horrible,” said Davy, who met Harry in 2004.

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The pair, who dated on-and-off for about seven years, bonded in Africa (after meeting on his gap year between Eton College and the Army) and toured the continent many times together.

They were wary of the intrusiveness of the media during their relationship, and when they broke up in 2010, Davy admits she retreated to her native Zimbabwe to handle the breakup away from the spotlight.

“It was nuts,” she said. “That’s also why I wanted to go back to Africa. Now it’s calm, it’s fine.”

What’s Next for Prince Harry?

Davy remains part of Harry’s inner social circle and she frequently attends parties alongside other royal family members, including Princess Eugenie.

Six years after their split, Davy says the pair will always remain close.

“I think we will always be good friends,” she told The Sunday Times’ style section.

And Davy, who was Harry’s first serious longterm girlfriend, is likely to have a big supporter in the prince as she throws herself into her new business.