"Real Housewives of D.C." Catherine Ommanney's tabloid moment with Prince Harry
And here you thought Michaele Salahi was going to be the interesting one on "Real Housewives of D.C."!
While the hit Bravo franchise has made tabloid figures of some of its characters from the Orange County, Atlanta, New Jersey and N.Y.C. editions, it turns out that one of the Washington stars-to-be already had her brush with gossip-sheet madness.
Catherine Ashley Ommanney is a relatively new transplant to Washington, a striking blond suburban mom in her late 30s married to a photojournalist; sources close to the reality show have said she's one of the more popular cast members. And she sounds like fun, too! When she was between marriages and still living in England four years ago, she told the Mail on Sunday tabloid about a lively night of drinking with none other than Prince Harry -- and it ended with the much-younger royal giving her "a long and lovely" kiss.
The three-page story, which ran in the tabloid on July 15, 2006, reported that Ommanney -- then known as Catherine Davies -- met the prince, 21 at the time, at a London nightspot two months earlier through mutual friends. "He's very mature," she told the paper. "From the minute we started talking he was making me cry with laughter. He's so funny." The group went off to another bar, then to a friend's house party, where she said he cooked her a bacon sandwich. Eventually, she said, "Harry lifted me off the floor and kissed me. ... I was genuinely, completely blown away." (So hot!)
She went on to tell the paper that she never talked to the prince again, and that she only shared the story to set the record straight amid rumors they'd had an affair. "Nothing happened," she said. (The Mail included a footnote stating that Davies "has made a donation" to a children's hospital -- generally, tabloid code to acknowledge that a story subject had been paid for an interview.)
While Bravo has not officially announced the cast, Ommanney is one of five women known to have been a focus of the producers, along with Salahi, the White House crasher. We e-mailed Ommanney but instead got a callback from a Bravo rep, who declined to comment.
See more on the making of "Real Housewives of D.C."
The Reliable Source
May 11, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
Categories: Real Housewives of D.C.
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