Chelsy Davy, the prince’s first girlfriend whom he dated between 2003 and 2010, and Cressida Bonas, who he dated from 2012 and 2014, both arrived at the wedding separately.
But while Bonas largely fell under the radar (after all, she had far less of an involvement in the royal family than Davy), the Prince’s first ever girlfriend found herself quickly becoming a meme.
After all, what else does the internet do when it spots an ex-girlfriend in a chance moment without a smile on her face?
— BBC Three (@bbcthree) May 19, 2018Advertisement
If anyone wishes to object the matrimony between his highness Prince Harry and Miss Meghan speak now or forever hold your peace.
Chelsy Davy: pic.twitter.com/tUvZlVkSfc
— Molly???? (@sIeepysangster) May 19, 2018
— Anthony Bond (@Bondy81) May 19, 2018
— Hanna Ines Flint (@HannaFlint) May 19, 2018
Because as we all know, catching someone’s expression in a chance, fleeting moment gives sound insight to what they’re thinking.
This tweet puts it well:
There were so many moments during the #RoyalWedding when Chelsy Davy looked really happy. The ‘jealous woman’ trope is tired and just untrue.
— Miriam Mirwitch (@mrwtch) May 19, 2018
It has been some eight years since Prince Harry and Davy parted ways, reportedly because of the intense media scrutiny on their relationship.
In an interview for his 21st birthday, Harry touched on how much she suffered at the hands of the media.
“I can see how upset she gets . . . my girlfriend is somebody who’s very special to me, and yes, she’s gone through some very hard times,” he said at the time.
Addressing those “hard times” in 2016, Davy told The Times it was “tough”, being young and so tightly linked to the royal family.
“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.”