The couple had dated for more than three years

By Simon Perry
Updated November 11, 2007 10:20 AM
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Prince Harry and his girlfriend of more than three years, Chelsy Davy, have split, London newspapers are reporting.

A spokeswoman at the palace declined to comment on the widespread reports – some of which claimed Davy, 22, was upset with the prince’s playboy lifestyle, including his attending the rugby world cup final in Paris in October instead of celebrating her birthday with her.

The couple met during Harry’s gap year between school and joining the army. They shared a love of Africa, where Davy, the daughter of a safari company owner in Zimbabwe, grew up. And they have spent many vacations there, camping out and watching the wildlife on exotic safaris in countries like Botswana.

In July, Davy, who recently started a post-graduate degree course at Leeds University in northern England, took a front row seat next to her prince in the stands of Wembley Stadium during the Concert for Diana. The couple were openly affectionate that day and, in the evening, they were seen hugging and kissing at the afterparty.

Harry, 23, who has just returned from a humanitarian trip to Lesotho, Africa, where he was checking on children’s projects close to his heart, was spending Sunday with his regiment, the Blues and Royals, in the Household Cavalry to mark Remembrance Sunday, when the UK pays tribute to its war dead.