British royal PRINCE HARRY surprised his Zimbabwean girlfriend yesterday (05DEC04) by flying 9,650 kilometres (6,000 miles) to be by her side in South Africa a week early.

The 20-year-old prince was supposed to travel to Umhlanga near Durban in a week's time to meet stunning Chelsy Davy, 19.

But Harry decided to fly out from London on the spur of the moment, and once he'd arrived the couple spent the day kissing and cuddling in the sun - in full view of photographers.

A friend of Davy's says, "Chelsy had no idea he was on his way. She wasn't due to see Harry until the end of next week when they are planning to go to the beach hut together.

"It was a total surprise for Chelsy and she loved it. Harry and her have been friends for months and they have kept up a long-distance romance.

"But things have really hotted up now. She hasn't admitted it to us, but everyone who knows Chelsy knows they are head over heels (in love).

"Nothing can keep them apart at the moment."

06/12/2004 08:53