Florence St George, a former model who dated Prince Harry in 2011, said she struggled with the media attention their relationship received
A former girlfriend of Prince Harry has admitted she feels “lucky” that the split up and that their relationship did not last because of the lifestyle it brought.
Florence St George, a former model who dated Prince Harry in 2011, said she struggled with the media attention their relationship received.
She also said that she “takes [her] hat off to people who can cope with that lifestyle”, potentially referring to the Duke of Sussex’s wife Meghan Markle, who he married in 2018.
“My privacy ended abruptly, and the scrutiny began,” she told Stella magazine.
“A new story would appear almost every day in the press, my school friends were interrogated and there were photographers outside my front door.
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“I take my hat off to those people who can cope with that lifestyle, but I knew I couldn’t. Although it was sad at the time, I feel lucky that the relationship was short lived.”
Mrs St George ultimately married Henry St George, the vice-president of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, in 2014 and the couple now have two children, Iris and Jimmy.
Another of Prince Harry’s high profile relationships was with Zimbabwean lawyer Chelsy Davy, whom the Duke had known since his school days.
However, she also ended their romance after realising she wasn’t cut out for royal life, with the realisation reportedly coming after she watched the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tie the knot in 2011.
Royal biographer Robert Lacey explains in his book Battle of Brothers that shortly after the wedding, where Harry had been his brother’s best man, Chelsey finally ended their long romance.
He writes: “In 2011, after more comings and goings, she finally decided to go – and it was, ironically, Kate and William’s grand and glorious wedding that spring that did it for her.
“According to a friend, she told Harry that she could never make the sacrifices she had witnessed Kate making, particularly when it came to moulding her life around the unremitting attention of the press.”
It wasn’t just Chelsy who decided against royal life – his next girlfriend Cressida Bonas did too.
The Burberry model met Harry in 2012 and the pair dated on and off until 2014.
Mr Lacey added: “A rising actress, Cressida did not enjoy the critical remarks that she could hear people making behind her back when she walked down the street in London – she felt that the fame of her relationship put her ‘in a box’.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.