So what do you do when you dump Prince Harry, ultimately killing your shot at becoming the Duchess of Sussex? If your name is Chelsy Davy you go ahead and start a blog just like your ex’s wife.
For those who may have forgotten (and we don’t blame you), Chelsy, 33, is a Zimbabwean businesswoman who actually dated Harry from 2004 to 2011, way before good old Meghan Markle made her way into the royal spotlight. Fast forward seven years later and things have changed. For starters, Harry is now married to Meghan and is expecting a child soon. And Chelsy? Well Chelsy has decided to go ahead and launch a lifestyle blog named after her AYA jewelry company. “Ultimately, my vision for AYA is for it to become a luxury African lifestyle brand that represents ‘everything Africa, everything luxury,’” Davy told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia in a recent interview. “The vision began with jewelry and we are now about to launch AYA Luxury Travel, which will provide a bespoke luxury travel service to the most beautiful destinations in Africa.”
Chelsy adds, “I want AYA to capture the beauty and spirit of Africa in every way, not just with jewelry, but also in travel, apparel, fashion and artisan.” And for those who have followed Meghan for quite some time, you may realize that AYA resembles Meghan’s own lifestyle blog, The Tig. A blog the 37-year-old once described as “hub for the discerning palate — those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion and beauty.” Meghan of course shutdown the blog back in April of 2017 after she realized that she was about to drown in all things royal.
For those that believe Chelsy is crazy for having cut things off with Harry, a few months back we learned that the massive attention that Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s wedding received was enough to scare Chelsy away. “A friend revealed that seeing the enormity and pomp of the day convinced Chelsy that she and Harry had been right to separate,” journalist Angela Levin penned in her royal biography, Harry: Conversations with the Prince. “Although they had a lot in common, she saw clearly that because they came from such different worlds it could never have worked, especially as she valued her privacy and guarded it so carefully.”
Chelsy herself even told The Times in 2016 how much she wasn’t a fan of the spotlight, saying, how “crazy and scary and uncomfortable” the attention was to her. “I found it very difficult when it was bad. I couldn’t cope.” Well, it certainly sounds like all parties involved are pretty happy with how things turned out.
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