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"Real Housewives of D.C." Catherine Ommanney's tabloid moment with Prince Harry

Catherine Ashley Ommanney, on the right, with likely fellow "Real Housewives of D.C." co-stars Mary Amons, left, and Michaele Salahi, center; at a party last fall for the Ted Gibson Salon and Hela Spa in Chevy Chase that was filmed by the show's producers. Behind them are Tareq Salahi, Gibson, and Jason Backe. (Jamie Windon)

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.

Prince Harry after receiving his British Army aviation wings last week. (Eddie Keogh/Reuters)

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.

A screengrab of the Mail on Sunday tabloid's story about Catherine Ommanney (then Davies) and Prince Harry. See the full story at the Daily Mail's Web site.

See more on the making of "Real Housewives of D.C."

By The Reliable Source  |  May 11, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
Categories:  Real Housewives of D.C.  
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Late 30's=pushing 50, I'd say....maybe its an unflattering picture.

Posted by: stantonpark | May 11, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

agree. Ommanney looks like she is pushing 50.

Creepy Ommanney sold her story to a paper for fame and attention.

Prince Harry was with a beautiful girl at that time. Chelsy Davy.

The blonde in this picture is that the crasher girl? She is the only "hot" looking girl in this picture.

Posted by: lehalpern | May 11, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Unless Prince Harry was kissing a guy, I can't see why the paper was interested. I would rather see a DC Housewives story with the wives doing crack with Barry and arguinig with their childrens teachers over ebonics.

Posted by: eGREGie | May 11, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I thought this mess was cancelled, no, not you Michaele, the show. Why should we be excited or happy about a show set to demean our community through the actions of a bunch of attention starved, cheesy, whorish, interlopers.

This woman is just another cheesy, sluttish, fame whore. There is one reason and one reason only that a young guy would entertain an old pro like this even after a night of heavy drinking, which this had to have been. Pros like her have their own language, let's translate..

"He's so mature" - he has reached puberty

"He's so funny." - he ridiculed me openly at the time

""Harry lifted me off the floor" - onto which I had passed out

"he cooked her a bacon sandwich" - she choked on his porker

"I was genuinely, completely blown away."
- so was Harry, literally, nor figurtively

"has made a donation" - cash was left on the dresser

A 50+ year old woman who would engage in these kind of shenanigans is a loser and not representative in any way of women in DC. I really hope this whole mess never sees airtime.

Posted by: SoCali | May 11, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I went to the Marriot Ranch this weekend, up the street from the Salahi's Oasis Winery...yeah, that sucker is closed! It looks abandoned. The vineyard has no grape vines and they have 1 sign that says "open" and 4 signs that say "closed"...

Posted by: JudyGG | May 11, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody know why the Salahi's are still hawking their faux-charity polo event? I thought they didn't have a permit. I drive by the West Potomac Park polo fields every day on my way home from work and it certainly appears to be a construction zone, with cranes visible and everything. Previous reports had it as a staging area for the new MLK Memorial. The small baseball field adjacent to it looks like the only area available. If they don't have a permmit, wouldn't this offically be fraud? Given how the Washington Post is totally on to these people, I'm surprised never to have heard any follow up regarding this point. Although I notice they no longer claim the event has any charitable function on their "offical" website.

Posted by: jennifers1 | May 11, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Real Housewives of DC and not one an African American--REALLY! One a recent transplant from England and the Salahi's--party crashing what is this show based in?..because it's certainly not based in reality.

Posted by: Beingsensible | May 11, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, there is ONE African-American castmember:

Posted by: The Reliable Source | May 11, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"The "trashy/self promoting" wives of DC". No one with any class, integrity, decency, etc. would have anything to do with this show.

Posted by: rlj1 | May 11, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree. We are going to watch this season for the first time because of Michaelle Salahi.

Everyone loves to read or talk about the Salahi's. We just can't get enough.

Prince Harry is smarter than that.

Posted by: lisag1 | May 11, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Sad trash. I wonder what her children think of her.

Posted by: willoughbyspit | May 11, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Sad trash. I wonder what her children think of her.

Posted by: willoughbyspit | May 12, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse


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