The Real Reason Prince Harry Invited His 2 Ex-Girlfriends to the Royal Wedding

If you’re planning to tie the knot, it’s unlikely you’ll be inviting serious exes to your wedding. But that wasn’t the case for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding.

The royal family wasn’t too worried about any drama we commoners would expect — chalk it up to their impeccable manners. But still, we found it strange that Prince Harry invited not one, but two serious ex-girlfriends to his nuptials to Meghan Markle (page 6). 

Chelsy Davy

Britain's Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy laugh before the game between South Africa and England at the Investec Challenge international rugby match at Twickenham,

Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy | Chris Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy dated on and off from 2004 to 2011. Davy is still part of the prince’s inner circle and attends parties with his royal family members, including Princess Eugenie, People reported.

Harry spent most of 2016 single, which sparked rumors he was dating basically anyone he looked at, Davy included. She quickly refuted these claims, telling The Times she and Harry would “always be good friends.” In fact, Davy called dating the prince “very difficult when it was bad,” due to the media’s intrusive behavior with their relationship.

Next: A look into the prince’s relationship with his other serious girlfriend

Cressida Bonas

Cressida Bonas | Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

While Cressida Bonas and Harry dated for less time than he and Davy, the relationship appeared more serious. Toward the end of their two-year relationship — the pair broke things off in 2014 — it was widely speculated the couple would marry.

The actress once expressed frustration with the aftermath of dating royalty. “It’s incredibly frustrating, especially in the industry that I’m in,” she told The Telegraph, claiming she felt “pigeonholed” as Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend.

Next: It turns out Harry isn’t the first prince to invite an ex.

Prince William had more than 2 exes at his wedding

TRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England.

Prince William invited four exes to his wedding. | Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The ex-at-the-wedding phenomenon isn’t new to the royal family. Prince William had not one, not two, but four exes present when he tied the knot with Kate Middleton, according to CBS News. The list included Jecca Craig, with whom he apparently had a mock engagement; Rose Farquhar, a summer romance; Olivia Hunt, whom he casually dated; and Arabella Musgrave, his only other “real love interest.”

NextLike father, like son

Prince Charles

Camilla Parker Bowles attended the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. | Getty Images

Prince Charles’ current wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, was present at his wedding to Princess Diana. At the time, the two were exes, first dating in 1970 before Charles left for the Royal Navy.

And it gets weirder. Camila’s ex-husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, was invited to Camilla and Charles’ wedding in 2008. He attended, despite the public knowledge that Camilla was cheating on him with Charles during their marriage. (Charles was doing the same to the late Princess Diana.)

Next: What Meghan Markle thinks of the unconventional attendees

Meghan Markle doesn’t mind

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Attend The 'Endeavour Fund Awards' Ceremony

The exes won’t put a damper on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day. | Ben Stansall-WPA Pool/Getty Images

According to Daily Mail correspondent Richard Eden, a friend of Harry’s told him he doesn’t “think Meghan will mind” that Harry’s exes were present at her wedding. The question on many people’s minds is whether Markle has met Davy or Bonas before.

A rumor arose that Markle would initially meet Bonas at Princess Eugenie’s wedding, but Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry also might be the spot of their introduction.

Next: The real reason Harry’s exes will be present

Why exes seem to always attend a royal wedding

Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

The royals keep a tight inner circle. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The royal social scene is considered a “tight-knit club.” Remaining courteous and respecting tradition trumps emotions, so it’s only natural exes who are in the inner circle are invited.

Harry’s friend told Eden that the prince “has stayed good friends with Chelsy and Cressida, so they will be there. He made sure there were no hard feelings when they split up.”

Next: The one ex you shouldn’t expect to see at the royal wedding

Meghan’s ex husband wasn’t invited

Trevor Engelson and Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle and her ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, in 2011 | MaximoTV via YouTube

Eden noted that Markle’s ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, wasn’t on the invite list. The two cited “irreconcilable differences” for their split, but Engelson is more a matter of Markle’s present than she’d probably like. The producer is currently developing a “divorce comedy” for Fox.

The official pitch of the “fictional” show? “Divorce is hard. Sharing custody is harder. Sharing custody with the British royal family when your wife marries a prince, in the unforgiving spotlight of London’s tabloid media, is next level.”

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