Chelsy Davy spotted at Royal Wedding: Why it’s a good sign if you’re still friends with your exes

'Harry having his exes there was actually quite a clever move'

Olivia Petter
Sunday 20 May 2018 12:23 BST
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Amongst the glittering roster of Hollywood actors and legendary athletes in attendance, the royal wedding was hardly short of familiar faces, including the likes of Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Sir Elton John and even two of the groom’s former flames.

Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas both dated Prince Harry, now the Duke of Sussex, years before the young royal had even met Meghan Markle, who is now the Duchess of Sussex.

While their attendance might’ve raised eyebrows, with Davy becoming the subject of a slew of viral memes poking fun at her po-faced expression, the fact that they were invited is actually a sign of maturity and intelligence, according to dating experts.

“Inviting exes to your wedding doesn’t have to be a bad thing,” explains dating psychologist Madeleine Mason.

“Good past relationships often have a deep friendship and simply because there has been a history of intimacy does not mean that the friendship should suffer,” she told The Independent.

“If anything, the romance is dead and so as the new partner can be more assured that there is nothing to worry about.”

Both Davy and Bonas enjoyed long-term relationships with the then Prince, with the former dating him sporadically for a period of seven years.

After meeting in Cape Town when the Prince was on his gap year, the duo finally split in 2011 after claims that Davy struggled with the pressures of dating a royal.

However, the two have remained firm friends and Davy was also in attendance at the royal wedding between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, despite no longer being with Harry at the time.

Cressida Bonas attends the royal wedding wearing a colourful ensemble by British designer Eponine.
Cressida Bonas attends the royal wedding wearing a colourful ensemble by British designer Eponine. (Getty Images)

Bonas and the young royal dated from 2012 to 2014, after being introduced by Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie.

“Harry having his exes there was actually quite a clever move,” dating coach James Preece told The Independent.

“Firstly, they act as ‘endorsements’ for him and proof that he has dated quality, attractive women. This makes him more of a catch to anyone with him.

“Secondly, it shows that he was able to leave relationships without too much heartbreak. This demonstrates maturity and the very fact they wanted to attend is a great sign of what a good friend he is to them.”

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