Reality star Catherine Ommanney has opened up about the two-month fling she says she had with Prince Harry in 2006 – when she was 31 and the royal was 21.
Ms Ommanney, who spoke to the Sun about the romance, said she was speaking out because she doesn’t think the short relationship will be featured in the Duke of Sussex’s upcoming memoir Spare.
According to the 51-year-old, while the autobiography will reportedly include anecdotes about the 38-year-old royal’s ex-girlfriends, she does not think she will be included as ‘a prince can’t run off with a 34-year-old mother-of-two, it’s just not the done thing’.
The British reality star, who hit the small screen when she appeared in American reality TV show The Real Housewives of DC, met the prince in a bar in Chelsea in 2006, during which time he was in a long-term on-off relationship with socialite Chelsy Davy.
She says that after meeting in a bar, the pair then went to Eclipse nightclub in South Kensington together, before heading to one of his friend’s houses.
There, she says, they ‘shared a cigarette on the steps outside and [Harry] really opened-up to [her]’.
After going inside, he made them bacon sandwiches which they ate, before play fighting for quarter of an hour. Ms Ommanney then told Harry she had to go home.
She told the Sun that they then kissed.
They met a few more times, according to Ms Ommanney, before news of the romance broke, and it came to an end.
It wasn’t until 2009, a year after Ms Ommanney married her second husband (from whom she is now separated) that the two bumped into each other again at a polo match, where they were friendly.
She told the Sun she ‘hopes Meghan looks after him’, and that she wishes Harry nothing but ‘happiness and success’.
‘He is a very brave, charismatic, incredibly funny, intelligent and lovely human being,’ she added.
Harry’s autobiography Spare had initially been signed off ready for an expected autumn release, but its publication was delayed following the Queen’s death.
While Harry was said to have requested a number of alterations to make it less critical of his relatives, it appears the tone of the book has darkened since it was first announced in July 2021.
While then the memoir was described as an ‘inspiring, courageous, and uplifting human story’, today’s promotion calls it a ‘personal journey from trauma to healing’.
Royal author Richard Fitzwilliams suggested the Royal Family would be ‘very concerned’ by how the book was being promoted.
‘It is a sensational title and implies that the writer was not valued or certainly that he did not feel at the centre of events,’ he told MailOnline.
‘When the blurb speaks of ”raw, unflinching honesty” the Palace will be very concerned, especially since these are the early months of King Charles’s reign.
‘There will undoubtedly be interviews, serialisation and endless speculation about this memoir, which in my view should have waited many years.
‘Even Edward VIII, by then the Duke of Windsor, waited until 1951 before A King’s Story was published. The consequences of this will be far reaching and may be highly destructive.’
Royal Family members have not been given a chance to see the manuscript before publication, so will be unable to respond to any of its claims through their lawyers.
The publication date was announced in a press release last month. Referring to Harry as a ‘husband, father, humanitarian, military veteran, mental wellness advocate and environmentalist’, it suggested he would begin in the immediate aftermath of his mother Princess Diana’s death.
‘Spare takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow — and horror,’ the release said.
‘As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on.
‘For Harry, this is his story at last. With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.’
Spare, which is available to pre-order, will cost £28 hardcover, £13.99 as an eBook, £20 as an audio download and £25 as a CD.
It will be available in English in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa and Canada, while the book will also be published in translation in 15 additional languages, including Spanish, Italian, German and Chinese.
Random House CEO Markus Dohle today said: ‘Penguin Random House is honoured to be publishing Prince Harry’s candid and emotionally powerful story for readers everywhere.
‘He shares a remarkably moving personal journey from trauma to healing, one that speaks to the power of love and will inspire and encourage millions of people around the world.’