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Once upon a time, long before he started dating Meghan Markle, Prince Harry was in a relationship with Chelsy Davy. The royal and the daughter of Zimbabwean millionaire, Charles Davy, were together on and off from 2004 to 2011.

During that time, Kate Middleton was dating Harry’s brother, Prince William, so the future Princess of Wales tried to befriend Davy. But now it’s being reported that Davy refused to bond with Kate despite her attempt.

Chelsy Davy and Kate Middleton
Chelsy Davy and Kate Middleton | Indigo/Getty Images

Here’s more on why she rejected the princess’s friendship.

Kate tried to befriend Davy

The claim that Kate tried to become friends with Davy but was rejected comes from royal expert and author Kate Nicholl.

In the biography Kate: The Future QueenNicholl explained that Davy didn’t want to bond with her because she thought they were too different.

“[Kate]’s friendship with Chelsy was lukewarm; they were completely different characters and the bubbly Zimbabwean got along better with Pippa,” Nicholl wrote.

She added that “Kate had made an effort to befriend Chelsy, inviting her clothes shopping, but Chelsy had turned the offer down, leading to a coolness between them.”

Did the ladies ever become close?

Chelsy Davy and Kate Middleton
Chelsy Davy and Kate Middleton | Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images

According to Nicholl, there did come a point when the two women finally bonded.

That time came in 2008 when Davy and Harry had just gotten back together after a brief split and she accompanied him to Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly’s wedding. Kate also attended the affair and was reportedly nervous about going because she didn’t know a lot of the guests.

“Harry and Chelsy, who were back together after a romantic reunion in Botswana, had been invited and Kate was grateful for she didn’t know many of the guests,” Nicholl said.

It was also the day both ladies were meeting Queen Elizabeth II.

Nicholl explained: “Although she was a regular guest at the royal palaces and had been to Sandringham for the Boxing Day shoot, this was, rather surprisingly, the first time Kate would be formally introduced to the queen.”

Why Davy and Prince Harry broke up

Chelsy Davy at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding
Chelsy Davy at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding | CHRIS RADBURN/AFP/Getty Images

Although the relationship between Kate and Davy got better after that, Davy’s relationship with Harry ultimately went south and they split up a few years later. So what went wrong?

Well, Davy reportedly did not like being in the spotlight and struggled with all the attention from the paparazzi.

“It was so full-on crazy and scary and uncomfortable. I found it very difficult when it was bad. I couldn’t cope. I was young, I was trying to be a normal kid and it was horrible,” the Daily Mail quoted her saying.

When Harry married Markle on May 19, 2018, Davy attended their nuptials. Several media outlets reported that she and the prince had closure during an emotional phone call the night before the ceremony.

“It was their final call, a parting call in which they both acknowledged Harry was moving on. Chelsy was quite emotional about it all, she was in tears and almost didn’t go to the wedding,” a source told Vanity Fair.