Role model disaster? Prince Louis’ godfather, Guy Pelly, the hellraiser with a penchant for nightclubs and DUIs

The 34-year-old aristocrat formerly ran a string of London nightclubs including Royal-favourite Mahiki in Kensington as well as Public, Whisky Mist and Tonteria


                            Role model disaster? Prince Louis’ godfather, Guy Pelly, the hellraiser with a penchant for nightclubs and DUIs

On July 9, the world finally got to see two-month-old Prince Louis on his christening day.

As the Royals prepared for the ceremony which was held in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace at 4 pm, all eyes were on the little Prince's royal entourage including his famous siblings, uncles, aunts and godparents. Prince William and Kate Middleton have named a handful of close friends including Nicholas van Cutsem, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Lucy Middleton and Hannah Gillingham Carter as little Louis' godparents. 

But the one taking the spotlight was Guy Pelly - Louis' godfather. Mainly because the 34-year-old, has known the princes since their schooldays and is somewhat reportedly responsible for a wild influence in their younger years.

Remember Prince Harry's party animal days?

Guy Pelly attends the Catwalk to Cosmopolitan fashion show as part of the Cosmopolitan FashFest at Battersea Evolution on September 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Guy Pelly attends the Catwalk to Cosmopolitan fashion show as part of the Cosmopolitan FashFest at Battersea Evolution on September 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

Guy Pelly: Flashback

A land management graduate of Newcastle University, Pelly, has been close with the two princes since childhood and was with Harry during the infamous Nazi costume party incident in 2005. 

He is a former nightclub manager and is known to have turned Mayfair's Mahiki into one of London's biggest celebrity hotspots. Pelly also managed other London nightclubs including Public, Whisky Mist and Tonteria and is close with the younger members of the royal family, as well as Kate and Pippa Middleton.

His mother, Lady Carolyn Herbert, was close friends with the late Princess Diana and is a 'London aristocrat' known within the circle as a bit of a party animal, herself.

In about 25 years of knowing the princes, Pelly has been labelled as something of a bad influence. A New York Post report suggested that it was Pelly who first introduced Harry to marijuana in 2002, and was with the prince when he infamously donned a Nazi soldier uniform for a costume party. Pelly was also the man who was given the task of organising a lavish weekend at a friend's country estate after the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate, in the honor of the newly weds.

Guy Pelly and wife Elizabeth Wilson attend the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's Mother Doria Ragland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Guy Pelly and wife Elizabeth Wilson attend the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's Mother Doria Ragland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Besides the infamous incidents involving royals, Pelly has his own history of mischief. In 2013, he was pulled over in his £90,000 Audi R8 on the suspicion of driving under influence. Pelly pleaded not guilty with his defence lawyer claiming the breathalyser used when taking his reading was faulty. As he was found guilty, he was banned from the roads for two and a half years and ordered to pay £7,120 in costs and fines. It was his third ban since he started driving; in 2001 his licence taken away for drunken driving and then again in 2012 for speeding.

In 2014, Pelly got married to Holiday Inn heiress Lizzy Wilson at her family's base in Memphis, Tennessee. Their wedding was a lavish three-day affair at a polo club near Elvis Presley's mansion in Graceland, with guests encouraged to wear fancy dress for the reception. Harry and William both attended the wedding while Kate stayed at home with the then one-month-old Prince George to avoid media attention. In 2017, Pelly and Lizzy welcomed their daughter Willow Elizabeth.