Remembering her. Prince Harry remembered his relationship with Caroline Flack in his future memoirs, Spare.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, was briefly seen with the late TV presenter after meeting her at a restaurant during a party with mutual friends in 2009.
“Flack, they named her,” Harry wrote in the book, due out Tuesday, January 10, noting that they were introduced “a few months after [ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy] and I went my separate ways.
Although the former Love Island UK the presenter was a well-known television presenter in England, Harry liked that “she was not at a loss that I did not recognize her.” Prince described her as “funny”, “cute” and “cool”, adding that “she didn’t have a big ego”.
The couple went to “dinner and games” a few days after their first sweet meeting. After they started spending more time with each other, Harry and Flack were photographed together, the moment that would eventually end their brief romance.
“Very soon after they took a photo of me and Flack, these photos caused a real stir. A few hours later, a crowd gathered outside the house of Flack’s parents, the house of all her friends and the house of her grandparents,” Harry recalled in Spare. “She was described in one newspaper as my “a little rough” because she once worked in a factory or something like that. Lord, I thought, are we really such a country of insufferable snobs?
The Archewell co-founder noted that while he “continued to see Flack from time to time”, neither felt “free”.
“I think we kept going because we genuinely enjoyed each other’s company and because we didn’t want to admit defeat at the hands of these jerks,” he wrote. “But the relationship was damaged irreparably, and over time we realized that they were simply not worth the grief and worry. Especially for her family. Goodbye, we said. Bye and good luck.”
Years later, as Harry and Meghan, 41, dealt with the aftermath of announcing they were leaving the royal family, Harry received the “terrible news” in February 2020 that Flack had committed suicide. “Looks like she couldn’t take it anymore,” he wrote. “The ruthless violence of the press, year after year, finally broke her.”
The former military pilot continued, “I felt so terrible for her family. I remembered how they all suffered because of her mortal sin connected with me. She was so light and funny the night we met. Definition of carelessness.
Harry called the loss of his old crush an “important reminder” especially after Meghan vented her suicidal thoughts to him during her first pregnancy. (The couple have son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet, 19 months.)
“I didn’t dramatize, I didn’t warn of things that would never happen,” he explained, referring to him and Suits a long clash of alums with the British tabloids. “What Meg and I were dealing with was really a matter of life and death. And time was running out.”
On the eve of her death at the age of 40, Flack recalled her brief romance with Harry and subsequent breakup with him in her 2014 memoir. Storm in Cup C.
“I was no longer Caroline Flack, TV presenter, I was Caroline Flack, Prince Harry’s slightly rough girlfriend,” she wrote, referring to the nickname given to her by the British press. “Once the story is out, that’s it. We had to stop seeing each other.”
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