All eyes at the royal wedding were on Meghan Markle, her tiara, Prince Harry … and Harry’s ex, Chelsy Davy, who sent social media into a frenzy with her presence among the guests.
While many (online watchers) assumed Chelsy, 32, looked less-than-thrilled to be there inside St. George's Chapel (see below), after she eased up with some drinks later, it was reported she went up to Meghan to embrace her in a big warm hug at the lunchtime reception, reports the U.K.’s Mirror.
She was also spotted laughing and smiling later on as she mingled with the other guests at the late night party.
The jewelry designer and Harry had dated on and off for seven long years between 2004 and 2011, after meeting in Cape Town when Harry was on his gap year after university, and it’s widely considered that she was Harry’s first love. Chelsy was in the world’s spotlight after she began accompanying him to public royal events. She even met the Queen a number of times.
After the two split, Chelsy was still considered a close friend to the family, and was invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 wedding.
“[Dating Harry] was so full-on: Crazy and scary and uncomfortable,” she revealed after they split for good. “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 public kept waiting for a proposal, but the two were never meant to tie the knot.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan will attend their first official event as a married couple on May 22 at a garden party at Buckingham Palace, to honor Prince Charles and his charity work.
The British crowds watching were very, uh ... polite about Chelsy attending the wedding, top royal expert William Hanson tells Personal Space. And, by the way, she handled herself just fine, he adds.
"It was interesting because yes, the press mentioned her, but the British were very chivalrous ... they didn’t go 'This could have been her wedding.' We were quite British about it and didn’t talk about her being there too much," Hanson says.
But people of course noticed she was in the church, and actually it looked good for both Harry and Meghan that she was there.
"Prince Harry clearly still has a relationship with her, even if it is now a platonic relationship, and 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."
Although there was one shot of Chelsy's face where she was looking a bit "horrified" by certain things, she did attend the lunchtime reception, which was more casusal (canapés and guests all standing, says Hanson) where she met Meghan face-to-face.
"If you are a good friend of anyone after the ceremony a hug is perfectly acceptable. Nobody wants to be hugged before and crease the dress," Hanson says. "But the correct thing to do was she should have curtseyed for HRH (Her Royal Highness) ... you would do a bow or curtsy and greet them more familiar only if you were on those terms."
William adds that regardless of whether there are cameras there or not, other people will know what your relationship was with your ex at a wedding, so you have to be the friendliest, most delightful person ever to everybody, even if you’re not thinking like that inside.
"You’ve got a harder job than everyone else," he adds. "You have to camouflage feelings if you still have them."
In the end, Harry and Meghan were complete grownups to extend an invite to Chelsy and, if you still want to keep an ex in your life, there’s nothing wrong with that, Hanson says.
As for where to seat them?
"Just treat them like any other guest and seat them wherever your seating plan needs."
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