Why Prince Harry Invited His Exes To The Wedding And Still Maintains A Relationship With Both Of Them

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Why Did Prince Harry Invite His Exes To The Wedding?

Both Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy attended the royal wedding.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry invited many close friends and family to the royal wedding on May 19, including two of Harry’s former flames. So who are Prince Harry's ex-girlfriends and what kind of relationship do they have with him today? 

Their wedding invitations have spawned confusion and people are asking why he invited Cressida Bonas, 29, and Chelsy Davy, 32, to his wedding Saturday.

According to Vanity Fair, Prince Harry said inviting his exes “was the right thing to do,” although they didn’t score tickets to the wedding reception.

Apparently, he and his exes are on good terms and have remained close friends — and Meghan didn’t seem to mind!

Instead, she welcomed one of her new husband’s ex-girlfriends with a warm hug, which is against royal protocol.

“Guests reported the former lawyer went up to the bride and was all smiles as she hugged her tightly,” The Mirror reports.

A proper greeting would be for Davy to curtsy to the Dutchess of Sussex, but it seems Markle has repeatedly shown she is not a fan of tradition.

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Davy was one of the first wedding guests to arrive. She dated Prince Harry on and off from 2003 to 2010 and they have reportedly been friendly ever since.

The two even attended Prince William’s wedding together in 2011.

"Prince Harry clearly still has a relationship with her, even if it is now a platonic relationship,” royal expert William Hanson said. “That speaks to the character of anybody if they are able to, after a decent break and slight readjustment, still get on with someone who played a major character in their life."

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Even though their romantic relationship ended, Prince Harry and Davy, a Zimbabwean jewelry designer, reportedly had an “emotional” phone call days before the wedding.

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

Bonas, an English actress and model who dated the newly-wed prince for two years, has continued a friendship with him but the pair is not particularly close.

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PEOPLE reports that Prince Harry and his exes share similar groups of friends. Bonas is close to Harry's cousin, Princess Eugenie, who is rumored to have introduced the former couple. 

“The presence of two of Harry's ex-girlfriends is a relatively unique trend to a royal and society wedding such as this,” Hamish Shephard of Bridebook.co.uk told Daily Mail. “Only 11 percent of UK couples have invited an ex to their wedding (let alone two!), with only 5 percent having attended a wedding of one of their exes.” 

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Prince Harry isn’t the only royal to invite his ex-lovers to his wedding.

According to The New York Times, at least four of Prince William’s former girlfriends were in attendance as he wed Kate Middleton.

His father, Prince Charles, also invited his ex, who is now his wife, to his wedding to Princess Diana in 1981, though it caused problems throughout his first marriage.

Hopefully, that is not the case with Prince Harry.

“He could really just be good friends with his exes,” Ian Kerner, a couples therapist with a practice in New York, told NYT. “I think you have to check in with your gut emotions and know how this person makes you feel.”

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