Chelsy Davy opens up about her lasting friendship with ex Prince Harry

By Simon Perry
June 20, 2016 11:10 AM
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Six years after their split, Prince Harry‘s ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy reveals the pair will always remain close.

The Zimbabwe-born beauty, who recently unveiled her new jewelry line, Aya, is opening up about her enduring friendship with the prince.

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

After studying at Leeds University in England, Davy entered the legal world, working for London law firm Allen & Overy. But she gave that up two years ago and started down the road to her dream project.

And Davy, who was Harry’s first serious longterm girlfriend, is likely to have a big supporter in the prince.

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The pair met him in 2004 and they dated on-and-off for about seven years. Davy remains part of Harry s inner social circle and she frequently attends parties alongside other royal family members, including Princess Eugenie.

The pair, who bonded in Africa (after meeting on his gap year between Eton College and the Army) and toured the continent many times together, were wary of the intrusiveness of the media during their relationship.

“I found it tough,” she admitted. “It’s not something you get used to.”

Davy has since thrown herself into her new business. She took a gemology course (“I’m quite a geek like that,” she said about learning about the chemical structure of stones) and has been sourcing the precious raw materials for her delicate jewelry in Zambia herself. The company also helps out by donating to schools in mining areas.

She has been in Africa sourcing gems, and an Insta of her proudly holding a rock at the Kagem Emerald Mine in Zambia shows her hands-on approach.

She says that while marriage is a “very beautiful thing” – and is in the cards for the future – for now, she is all about building her brand.

“I want to be my own person,” she said. “I want to create something amazing and make a difference.”

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