Prince Harry has apparently invited Chelsy Davy & Cressida Bonas to the wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement at the Kensington Palace

Unlike the wedding dress debate, I haven’t spent too much time wondering about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding guest list. I’ve believed all along that the Trumps would not be invited, just as I’ve believed all along that the Obamas would be invited. I’ve also never cared about the “do you invite the exes?” debate. It’s different for every person, and every wedding. Some people are totally fine with inviting their exes, some aren’t and who cares? I figured that Harry would invite Chelsy Davy but not Cressida Bonas, and I figured that Meghan would be unlikely to invite any of her exes. Well, now sources claim that Harry has invited both Chelsy and Cressida! No word yet about Meg’s exes.

When it comes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day, the more the merrier! As the couple’s May 19 nuptials quickly approach, a new report from The Daily Mail claims two of the royal’s most high-profile exes will receive invites. Chelsy Davis, who was linked to the royal on and off for seven years, and Cressida Bonas, who Harry dated for two years up until 2014, are two ladies reported to have made the cut.

A friend of Harry’s tells the outlet, “Harry 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. I don’t think Meghan will mind.”

E! News confirms Chelsy has been invited, with a source adding, “She and Harry talk regularly.”

Meanwhile, don’t expect Markle’s ex-husband, Hollywood producer Trever Engelson, to make an appearance as she walks down the aisle. (Though it’s safe to say the Suits actress will have the support of her famous gal pals like Priyanka Chopra and Serena Williams.)

Much to the surprise of some, the British royal family totally encourages marrying members to extend invitations to former flames. During Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 nuptials, several exes of both the bride and groom attended. Additionally, Camilla Parker Bowles was there as her ex Prince Charles married Princess Diana, and when Camilla eventually wed Charles years later, her ex Andrew Parker Bowles showed up to the ceremony.

[From E! News]

The whole “the Windsors encourage people to invite their exes” is a strange and funny thing. Diana hated the fact that Camilla attended her wedding and Diana refused to invite Camilla to many of the pre-wedding events. As for William and Kate… I always thought Kate was happy enough to have most of William’s exes at the wedding because Kate wanted to show them that she “won” the big prize and got the ring. Kate looked like the cat that got the cream on her wedding day. Meghan doesn’t have that same history with Harry – she wasn’t around him for years, and they didn’t have a series of breakups-and-makeups. She doesn’t know Chelsy and Cressida, and I would assume there’s zero jealousy on her part. So why not? I still doubt Cressida will attend the wedding though.

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  1. Nancy says:

    I am leaving my house in a few minutes…..so I can post this without getting besieged! I was always a Cressida fan. I was hoping.

    • citney says:

      Not to worry, one of those women will be the next Mrs. Prince Harry.

      • PJ says:

        @Citney: It may be a bit of a harsh mentality, but ITA with you 100%.

        As soon as I read the header I just thought to myself: “Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.” I have always believed that Chelsy was (maybe still is?) Harry’s GREAT LOVE and while there is no doubting the fact that he loves & adores Meghan, reading things like “He and Chelsy still talk ALL the time.” has all of my alarms sounding off.

        I’m sorry but, there is a huge difference between being tolerant and respectful of your spouses friendships and being a fool. There are far too many people and opportunities for friendship out in the world that don’t involve a mid 30-something man still “regularly talking to” and seeing an ex gf whom you dated for more than 5 years in your early 20s and (allegedly) wanted to marry but they did not feel the same. It’s disrespectful to his current relationship.

        Camilla and Charles were also “friendly” exes who never ceased contact throughout his courtship of Diana with Camilla being a guest at their wedding and look how that turned out. What is Meghan thinking??

        Cressy seems a total non-issue tbh.

    • citney says:

      Chelsy seems to have been Harry’s “great love”, just as Camilla was Charles’s great love.

      All the pictures of Harry and Chelsy they always looked so happy together, he couldn’t keep his hands off her or stop staring at her.

      Bets are on as to how long before Chelsy becomes the next Mrs. Harry, she’d have been the first if she’d have just said “yes”.

      • oce says:

        @citney @PJ you can assume/think/wish/dream all you want, in your virtual reality. The most eligible bachelor in the world chose an older, Black, Roman-Catholic, American divorcee. #BlackGirlMagic #MyPrincessIsBlack

  2. jferber says:

    Wow, I’m surprised Meghan would allow that. I wouldn’t want the ex-girlfriends at my wedding, Is her ex-husband coming,, too? That would be interesting

    • notasugarhere says:

      Harry’s exes are part of the same social set. They’re going to be seeing each other at events, weddings, polo, christenings for years to come.

      • fan says:

        It doesn’t matter if they belong to the social set. Let someone else from the royal family invite them not him. How would Meghan feel? If he really really loved her, he should let someone else invite them. All his girlfriends are beautiful.

      • Lana 234 says:

        @fan Meghan seems confident enough to handle them being at the wedding. So what if all his exe’s are beautiful. Meghan is beautiful so I don’t see her feeling insecure

      • justBitchy says:

        I am not sure that Cressy and Chelsey are in the same set. They haven’t landed gentry (double entendres intended). Cressy has great connections bit until they land her someone that can finance a certain life style (TRJM) not so much. Chelsey was engaged and broke it off. While her dad is a land owner in SA, that doesn’t get you to pedigree royal families. I would love to see her marry well, she’s a fire cracker from the sounds of it, just needs to gain some weight and stay out of the sun.

      • LAK says:

        Cressy’s mother is besties with Fergie. She grew up with the Yorkies. Chelsy is besties with the Melissa Percy who is besties with the Yorkies. This set is tight and it revolves around the Yorkies. Cressida and Chelsy are seen regularly with all the various members of this set. They are there to stay.

        Finally, MM’s entry to this set was via the Yorkie social group and by that i mean that all the suspected matchmakers are in the Yorkies’ social set.

    • Maria says:

      The ex husband is in LA and the chef moved to Vancouver last year if I am not mistaken. So it’s kind of far. Don’t know where Chelsy lives but she seems to be in the U.K. a lot.
      Do we know whether Meghan’s siblings are coming?

      • Bellagio DuPont says:

        @ Maria

        I can bet my house neither of those two desperados will even be allowed in the country anywhere near close to the wedding date.

      • Merritt says:

        I don’t think her siblings will be there. Her parents will be there and possibly extended family from her mother’s side.

      • Imqrious2 says:

        Didn’t some rag paper ask the jealous half-sister to be a “special commentator”for the wedding? To, please pardon the bad pun. (not my words!), give in their words, “background color”. I hope they keep that harpy far, far away! I, for one, can’t wait for the wedding! I’m going to be up at 4 am (in Los Angeles) in my jammies, with my fascinator on, and my tea and scone(s) 😊🥂🤴🏼👰🏽

      • magnoliarose says:

        They may end up with passport “problems” and have “issues” getting there.

      • LilacLebanese says:

        justBitchy, I don’t understand what you’re trying to say.. but Cressida and Chelsy are both a part of high society.

    • emerald eyes says:

      Their worlds are so different from regular people.

      That social circle around Harry is very tight and has been for years. Meghan will definitely attend social events with both the C’s in the future, so inviting them to the wedding is completely normal. As people mentioned, they will definitely run into each other at Eugenie’s wedding, and Bea’s when it happens. So it would be odd to invite one woman and not the other.

      I don’t buy the “talking regularly” thing though. They run into each other and chat but I doubt it goes very deep.

      It’s just a different world. And the whole “Diana hated Camilla at her wedding” legend was written way after the fact. By people who were far from uninterested parties.

      • Carrie1 says:

        I believe Diana hated Camilla at her wedding after the fact because in hindsight she realized she’d been a lamb led into a false relationship. She adored Charles but due to her upbringing and just who she was as a person she didn’t see that he didn’t love her until after the wedding.

        Diana herself said in a widely televised international tv interview “there were 3 people” in her marriage “so it was a bit hard”.

        Anyway, Meghan is a whole other thing. Her mom is a therapist. Her parents divorced. She stays close emotionally to her mom but not her dad. Meghan is in this for more than love. She’s fine with exes being at the wedding. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if she encouraged it. She scares me a bit actually lol.

      • LAK says:

        The k8cker about the ‘Camilla attended Charles’s wedding’ myth is that mistress no 2 was also invited. Yet, Diana chose to fixate on Camilla rather than mistress no 2 and in doing so, created the Charles and Camilla thwarted true love story.

      • The dormouse says:

        @LAK
        Yes, that myth sure has stuck

      • Bellagio DuPont says:

        @ Carrie1

        You scare rather easily, don’t you?

    • Trixie says:

      I’m not surprised that Chelsy is invited. They were together a long time and still seem friendly. But Cressida is a surprise. And I’m also surprised that Harry and Chelsy “talk regularly.” As in, talk on the phone, just the two of them? Or talk when their group of friends get together for the fun that the rich and titled have? If the former, I wonder if that will stop after the wedding? I would have been upset about that when I was younger. Now, I wouldn’t care, but in my 20s or 30s, I wouldn’t have liked that. Especially because they all share so much background and so many memories that are totally foreign to me.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Is this the same Trixie from the other thread? You insist that this is a ridiculous institution and they are insulting the plebs with their wedding plans. Yet you have this much detail about Harry’s previous relationships. Hmm.

      • Sophia's Side eye says:

        Tumblr is leaking, nota.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Like a sieve, Sophie’s Side eye

    • Natalia says:

      I support this. They’ve all moved on. They were from and probably still are loosely from the same social circles. This is much ado about almost nothing.

    • Tonya says:

      i think meghan is confident enough to handle it

  3. OriginalLala says:

    unless I was really really good buddies with an ex, I wouldn’t want to be the ex-GF of the groom. Happened once and it was really awkward!

    • Carrie1 says:

      Personally, unless it was a healthy break and end and all were in the same social circle, I wouldn’t want my past participating actively in my future. But in this case, I see it as fine tho Cressida baffles me. Her invite is likely just for appearances and to keep the peace.

  4. Upstatediva says:

    They are all part of the same social circle. Not inviting would be making a much bigger statement. Harry and Chelsy have been friends forever; I am sure she will be there. No big deal.

    • L84Tea says:

      Not to mention that from what I’ve read, Chelsy was never interested in marrying into the RF. I think she just liked Harry and enjoyed her relationship with him, but didn’t have any specific “goals” in mind. So I’m guessing she wouldn’t have any hard feelings about this wedding. Cressida on the other hand, I know much less about. Not sure what her story is.

      • Becks says:

        I get the impression she was similar. I think she liked Harry/maybe loved him but was not actually interested in becoming a royal (doesn’t she come from the aristocracy already?)

        So I imagine that plays a role here. There’s no jealousy on either side because these women stopped seeing Harry a while ago (especially Chelsey) and they probably don’t envy Meghan at all. Harry seems to have made a point of staying friends with both of them.

      • Enough Already says:

        Harry would be civil to Cressida because they have mutual friends and she is besties with the Yorks but they are not friends. Harry is still friends with Chelsy who never intentionally capitalized on her relationship with Harry.

  5. minx says:

    I suppose it depends on how you broke up with your ex. Some breakups are mutual and somewhat congenial. Personally I would never, NEVER have invited my ex to my wedding.

  6. Maria F. says:

    so of course the narrative is that Kate was insanely jealous and was bragging about her catch, but Meghan is so woke, that she will be totally chill with it….. got it.

    If i was in either of the girls’s shoes and at that particular time not in a relationship, I would rather skip the wedding then having to live through all the already pre-written articles about how they are pining for him and never found happiness after breaking up with Harry.

    • minx says:

      Yeah, I thought Kate looked, uh, happy at her wedding…not like “the cat that got the cream.” Shocking, I know.

    • Apple Hat says:

      It’s amazing pretzel logic, isn’t it?

      Like, look at the guest lists for the weddings, AND imagine the enormous amount of stress and attention. It’s crazy to imply either women will be using the brain space to think about their partner’s exes being there or not, versus, you know, “What if I trip in front of millions of people?”

    • L84Tea says:

      @Maria, yep, I totally caught that narrative too.

    • Ladida says:

      I would imagine Kate was way more chill having dated the dude for 10 years. Most people are more jealous and insecure in the beginning of a relationship when they’re still infatuated. If I were someone’s ex and got invited partly out of obligation to my family, I would kindly pass.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        I have to disagree, Ladida (and no, Celebuddies, I’m not talking to myself, despite the similarity of our screen names — I’m the same years-and-years-old-by-now Lahdidahbaby). The fact that it took Wills an entire decade to make up his mind to marry her is all the more reason, I would think, for Kate to have felt a bit less secure in her position at the time of their wedding.

    • liriel says:

      This. I know Celebitchy is against Kate but she looked happy and nervous but definitely not smug.

    • notasugarhere says:

      There was loads of smug at some points in that wedding. The best part, however, was Anne’s reaction to the “for richer, for poorer” bit.

      • Carrie1 says:

        I missed it, what did Anne do?

      • LilacLebanese says:

        If the Anne part is true.. then I wonder what her reaction will be to Harry & Meghan’s vows. After all, Meghan comes from a totally different background.

    • Marnie says:

      You’re absolutely, Maria. It’s very transparent. I’m sensing a lot of projectig here… And Kate’s exes were also at her wedding , but tabloids never bring that up because it wouldn’t fit the narrative.

  7. Apple Hat says:

    I would have been shocked if Chelsy wasn’t invited, as they’re still close.
    Surprised about Cressy, after the, erm, philandering, but they share a social group.

  8. Des says:

    I find I disagree with Cressida being grouped with Chelsy. Harry + Chelsy always seemed legit, the way Harry + Meghan seem legit. It’s like they were perfect couples for their respective times. Cressida is like “also dated”. IIRC we spent all our time waiting for them to break up.

    Anyway. It’s all very civilized.

    • Loopy says:

      Yeah Cressida seemed like such a ‘filler’ relationship, its hard to believe it was really two years. But Chelsy was definitely his first love and they had great chemistry.

    • BorderMollie says:

      These are my exact thoughts. I was completely shocked to find he’d dated Cressida for a couple years as she was so forgettable. The most I remember about her was that she wore those stupid hair scrunchie things.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I don’t even think they were exclusive.

  9. The Original Mia says:

    Chelsy will probably attend, but I doubt Cressida will. She just had a magazine cover stating to not stereotype her as one of Harry’s exes. But it doesn’t really matter. They are adults. It didn’t work out for them. They’ve moved on as well as Harry.

  10. Goldengirllover34 says:

    I know in certain circles it’s normal. In my family people have invited their exes. No one has batted an eye but it’s also because there wasn’t any drama with the breakup, no scandal, and the ex stayed in contact in a respectful manner. I didn’t but i have never stayed friends with any exes even though most breakups ended very amicably.

    • Eden75 says:

      My parents invited my mom’s ex and he came. In fact, I’ve known him all of my life. Sadly he passed away last year.

      I have good relationships with most of my ex’s. I wouldn’t invite them to my wedding but to each their own. The fact that these people all travel in the same social circles would have a lot to do with the invites I imagine.

    • Jessica says:

      We invited my husband’s ex who was live in. She and I are really good friends and are in the same social circle. I did not invite any of my exes. Just depends, I guess.

      • Sophia's Side eye says:

        I think it really depends upon whether or not people remain in the same social circle after they break up. If the only way to introduce a person is to say, “this is bride/groom’s ex,” then it’s probably not a good idea. But if most people at the wedding know that person socially then why not? As long as there are no hard feelings.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I invited one ex and my husband’s ex-wife came. She was still hoping for a reconciliation but was gracious and we get along very well now.
      Usually, the ex is an ex for a reason so I wouldn’t care.

  11. Bridget says:

    Eh. It would be a really glaring, public snub for people that they share overlapping social circles with, and will likely still run into at events for years to come.

  12. Jussie says:

    Kate didn’t win, except by default. His exes and the many other women he tried to pursue didn’t want him.

  13. Maum says:

    Jealous or not I would hate to have my fiancé’s very public exes attend my wedding.
    You know the paps will be waiting to catch all the (non) gossip photos.

    • notasugarhere says:

      And if they weren’t invited, there would be paps hunting them down the day of the wedding to catch their pictures.

  14. Enough Already says:

    Royals invite exes to their weddings. That’s what they do. They run in the same circles for one thing but secondly it is just easier to have them there than deal with the speculation about why they’re not there.

    Harry is great friends with Chelsy but I’ll bet he gritted his teeth to invite Cressida. He realized far too late that she was using him. She’s thirsty and even some of her own Insta fans pointed that out to her after Harry and Megs’ engagement announcement.

  15. Talie says:

    I don’t buy that he “talks regularly” with Chelsy…I most certainly believe she has moved on, and he definitely has!

    I do wonder if she was a bit wistful though when this all went down. I remember paparazzi trailed her after the engagement and I did feel for her.

  16. Petty Riperton says:

    Major side eye Meghan better hope he’s not like his father Just sayin

    • notasugarhere says:

      Harry isn’t the one with the roving eye, that’d be William.

    • Enough Already says:

      Lol Harry absolutely cheated when he was in his 20s. Call me crazy or a dreamer but I can’t see him cheating on Meghan. He is clearly smitten but they also have all the makings of a passionate relationship based on respect and true friendship. They will be the sexed up Edward and Sophie.

      • namasta says:

        I hope neither of them cheat. But with royals you never now. I don’t see true friendship part – they have only known each other for 1,5 year before the engagement. But I do see people in love and with great chemistry.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Just one thing, Harry wasn’t pressured to choose Meghan. Charles was pressured to choose Diana, or someone like Diana. Big difference.

  17. Tan says:

    Having an ex in Wedding seems weird, even inviting them, unless you have a kid together and you must ( even then , not necessarily).

    Meghan’s exes are on the other side of the pond so I doubt they would have come even invited.

  18. Ari says:

    I fully expect Chelsy to attend. They are good friends and run in the same circle. Cressida? I actually doubt it. I didn’t get the impression they ended well nor are still friends. I doubt Meghan gives a hoot though. She don’t know these people and they one of 800 in the room.

    • LAK says:

      Chelsy and Cressida and Harry ran in the same social set. They are both great friends with the Yorkies.

      Further, Cressida’s mother is besties with Fergie and Cressida more or less grew up around the Yorkies which is how she met Harry.

      If Cressida doesn’t attend this wedding, she’ll definitely attend Eugenie’s wedding and probably as a member of the wedding party if they go with adult attendants.

      • Ari says:

        Yeah but that is the point. She still pals with the Yorks but that has nothing to do with Harry. The all will definitely still run into each other. They both were at the same Christmas carol event though they never interacted. I just don’t think they ended well and you could toward the end of their relationship it was pretty dead to the water. He and Chelsy actually are still friendly. But yes they will all be at Beatrice’s wedding.

      • LAK says:

        Harry hangs out with the Yorks all the time. They provide his social life. Ever since the engagement, it’s leaked out that MM has been pulled into that orbit.

        Regardless of who made actual introductions to Harry, all the speculated suspects are in the Yorkies’ social set which includes the Yorkies.

      • notasugarhere says:

        At some point I expect to see H+M skiing with the Yorks in Verbier.

      • LilacLebanese says:

        I don’t think Meghan can ski.

  19. Snap Happy says:

    Cressida is also friends with the York sisters. She will be an Eugenies wedding too. I’m sure he is being polite.

  20. Max says:

    Cressida struggled with the press and Harry’s fame. Those aristocrat girls do not like the intense spotlight, I have noticed.

  21. ZsaZsa Fierce says:

    Speaking about poor Diana, she had no reservations about marrying her sister’s ex.

  22. Ozogirl says:

    I liked Chelsy and I’m glad they remained friends. It makes sense since she is still in the royal circle being friends with Kate and his cousins.

  23. Skylark says:

    Couldn’t care less if he and she invite every last ex of theirs and they all have front row seats as long as Harry & Co foot the bill for every single cost this wedding will generate.

  24. Who ARE These People? says:

    Doesn’t seem like a big deal but I guess if I were the bride, I’d feel just that much better if they both brought a serious boyfriend. ; )

    • LAK says:

      Cressida is in a serious relationship. Infact, Harry was a speed bump in that relationship coz she was dating that guy long-term, broke it off to date Harry and went back to him a minute after breaking up with Harry.

      And if you see the pap photos, she looks much happier and cosier with her BF than she’s ever looked with Harry.

      Fun fact: her boyfriend is a Mountbatten, so she can’t escape those Windsors altogether.

  25. liriel says:

    “Kate looked like the cat that got the cream on her wedding day.”
    What? She looked happy and nervous, she looked very delicate. English flower.. She was as humble as one can be during the wedding. Let’s not be that petty!

    • whatever says:

      I agree, say what you want about Kate but one thing I noticed was that she kept her smugness in check on her wedding day even though I bet she was really smug on the inside.

    • Bellagio DuPont says:

      I can never quite understand this narrative……wouldn’t you hope that every bride felt that she WAS the cat that got the cream?

      Would you rather she looked like she had a gun pointing between her shoulder blades, pushing her towards the alter?

  26. Parigo says:

    Chelsy always struck me as a pretty cool girl. It was long over so Meghan has no reason to be jealous. I doubt there is any drama on anyone’s part.

  27. Hannah says:

    We all have stupid big grins on our wedding day!! It’s an awesome day. I wasn’t excited about mine at all. I’m very shy and just wanted the day itself over with. It came and I could not stop smiling. Sounds cliche – but really was happiest day of my life. I was absolutely grinning like a Cheshire cat not because I had “won” but because I was surrounded by so many smiling and happy faces.

    We had exes at ours too.

    For a site that bangs on about Trump (who is a grotesque leader) and “fake news”, the stories here are presented in very bias and leading ways.

  28. Caty says:

    Here is a news flash….there are other countries in the world who do NOT live by American values and norms! Seriously…smh..

    • magnoliarose says:

      That makes no sense. What does American have to do with anything? That has nothing to do with culture. It isn’t a tradition in any way shape or form. It is up to the couple. Just like this case.

  29. CairinaCat says:

    Both my husband and I had X’s at our wedding. It all depends on how the relationships end.
    One of his long term relationship X’s ended up tutoring my oldest son and teaching him to read when he had problems
    Some people are capable of having civil, friendly encounters with x’s

  30. fran says:

    Harry’s comments “don’t take ring off” and “stuck with each other” are strange comments for a husband to be and one who professes to be so in love?