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Who is Catherine Ommanney? 'RHoDC' star reveals 'fling' with Prince Harry when she was 34 and he was 21

The reality star claimed she had a short fling with Prince Harry but she doesn't expect it to feature in the Duke of Sussex's upcoming memoir 'Spare'
UPDATED NOV 28, 2022
Catherine Ommanney claims she had a short romance with Prince Harry in 2006 (@catommanney/Instagram and Danny Lawson/Getty Images)
Catherine Ommanney claims she had a short romance with Prince Harry in 2006 (@catommanney/Instagram and Danny Lawson/Getty Images)

Following the news of the release of Prince Harry's memoir, reality star Catherine Ommanney has opened up about her fling with Harry that lasted about two months. Claiming that Prince Harry gave her the "most passionate kiss" she ever had, she was 34 and the royal was 21 when the fling went on in 2006.

On November 27, speaking to The Sun about the short relationship, Ommanney spoke out as she thinks the Duke of Sussex's yet-to-be-released memoir 'Spare' will not feature their short-lived romance. She states that "I doubt I will be in Harry's book as a prince can’t run off with a 34-year-old mother-of-two, it’s just not the done thing" as the anecdotes about the Prince's ex-girlfriends will reportedly be included in the autobiography. 


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Who is Catherine Ommanney?

Catherine Ommanney is a British reality star who was popular on the small screen through her appearance in 'The Real Housewives of DC,' an American reality TV show. The now 51-year-old tells The Sun that she was separated from her ex-husband Stephen when met Prince Harry 2006 at the Art Bar in London in May 2006. This was the time the prince was in an on-and-off long-term relationship with Chelsy Davy, a Zimbabwean businesswoman.


She recalls that at around after everyone started leaving the bar, Harry invited her to join him in a Range Rover parked outside. They then drove to the VIP area of the Eclipse nightclub in South Kensington and then proceeded to one of Harry's friend's houses.

"Shared a cigarette on the steps outside and [Harry] really opened up to [her]', she tells The Sun that they ate the bacon he made after going inside the house and while they were starting to play fighting for a quarter of an hour, Ommanney told Harry that she had to go home.

She tells The Sun that she went "speechless" when Harry kissed her. "It was then that he lifted me by my waist off the floor and held me against the wall. He gave me the most incredible, passionate kiss I have ever had in my life. I was absolutely speechless.", she claimed. Ommanney further added that despite the 13-year age gap, they acted like teenagers and kissed passionately during dates and even took a photo of them in a bathtub together. 

According to Ommanney, after that day, they met a couple of times until it came to an end before the spread of the news of the romance and Harry changed his phone number. She did not meet Harry until 2009, a year after she got married to her second husband (from whom she is currently separated). They were friendly during this meeting which happened at a polo match in Barbados in 2009. Ommanney admitted as he was much younger than her, she did not want an actual relationship with him. 

Describing Harry as "a very brave, charismatic, incredibly funny, intelligent and lovely human being", she added that she wishes him nothing but "happiness and success" and that she "hopes Meghan looks after him". Ommanney further told The Sun that "He is a very brave, charismatic, incredibly funny, intelligent and lovely human being".

'Spare,' Harry's autobiography was expected for an autumn release as it was initially signed off ready for the time. However, following the Queen's death, the publication was delayed.

According to the Daily Mail, to make it less critical of his relatives, Harry requested numerous changes, and the tone of the book is said to have darkened since July 2021 when it was first announced. 


Calling the memoir "a personal journey from trauma to healing" in the current promotion, it was described "inspiring, courageous, and uplifting human story" back then.

"Very concerned" suggested Richard Fitzwilliams, the royal author referring to the Royal Family based on the way the memoir was being promoted. He told the Daily Mail that "It is a sensational title and implies that the writer was not valued or certainly that he did not feel at the center of events." and "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".

Fitzwilliams further added that "There will undoubtedly be interviews, serialization and endless speculation about this memoir, which in my view should have waited many years." and pointed out that "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."

"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," read the last month's press release on the publication date. According to CNN, the 416-page memoir is set for release on January 10, 2023, and the book would begin with a recollection of events since Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.