As Prince Harry confirms relationship with Meghan Markle a look back at his past romances

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He confirmed he was dating American actress Meghan Markle in a statement released by Kensington Palace on Tuesday.

But after a bevy of blonde beauties and British society darlings, Prince Harry ‘s new partner is somewhat different to those that have come before her.

Prior to romancing Suits star Meghan, Harry was linked to another brunette actress. He was spotted canoodling with Victoria star Jenna Coleman after a polo match at Ascot last year.

GettyPrince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry has confirmed he is dating Meghan Markle

But rumours of a romance were short-lived and it later emerged that Jenna had began a romance with her co-star Tom Hughes around the same time.

Before being linked to Jenna, Harry’s past partners were pretty blonde socialites in the form of his long term girlfriends, Chelsy Davy and more recently Cressida Bondas.

He met the former, Zimbabwean Chelsy, in 2004 in Cape Town while on his gap year.

The Prince was linked to actress Jenna Coleman last year

Romance blossomed and Stowe-educated Chelsy enlisted UK to read Law at Leeds University to be closer to the Prince.

Chelsy became close friends with Harry’s cousins, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and the couple were pictured kissing at rugby matches, she was by his side at the Concert for Diana in 2007, they attended weddings together, and she was there when he got his flying beret “wings” in 2010.

RexPrince Harry and Chelsy Davy (pic: Rex)
Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy dated from 2004 until 2010

But after an on-off relationship lasting seven years, it appears that Chelsy was reluctant to embrace a life in the limelight and found the attention of dating a Prince too difficult.

Speaking about the pressures that came with dating a royal Chelsy told the Times: “It was so full-on: crazy and scary and uncomfortable. I found it very difficult when it was bad. I couldn’t cope… I was trying to be a normal kid, and it was horrible.”

She also claimed that she and the Prince would always be friends, and it’s perhaps indicative of her friendship with Kate and William, as well as with Harry, that she was invited to the Royal Wedding in 2011, a year after their split.

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