Friday 22 September 2017

James Hewitt denies claims he is Prince Harry's biological father 'once and for all'

James Hewitt, left, and Prince Harry, right
James Hewitt, left, and Prince Harry, right
Prince Harry arrives at the London Ambulance Service in central London, Britain February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Prince Harry arrives at the London Ambulance Service in central London, Britain February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, at the piano in Kensington Palace
Prince Harry salutes as he arrives to attend his first day at nursery school with Charles, Prince of Wales, Diana, Princess of Wales and his brother, Prince William on September 16, 1987 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry on holiday in Majorca, Spain on August 10, 1987. (Photo by Georges DeKeerle/Getty Images)
Prince Harry during a meeting with teachers and tutors during a visit to the Full Effect and Coach Core programmes, two projects supported by The Royal Foundation that work to improve opportunities for young people, at Nottingham Academy.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana pose together during their honeymoon in Balmoral, Scotland, 19th August 1981. (Photo by Serge Lemoine/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry ( left) wait to take part in a race at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, as they joined runners taking part in the London Marathon for their mental health campaign Heads Together.
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Sophie Jamieson

Princess Diana's former lover has said he feels sorry for Prince Harry having to put up with rumours about his paternity.

James Hewitt, a former cavalry officer, said the suggestion that he could be the Prince's father are "probably worse for him".

He made the comments as he was asked directly by an interviewer on Australian television if he was Prince Harry's father.

"No, I'm not," he responded.

Prince Harry arrives at the London Ambulance Service in central London, Britain February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Prince Harry arrives at the London Ambulance Service in central London, Britain February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Questioned about why the rumours had persisted, he told Australian Channel Seven's Sunday Night: "It sells papers. It's worse for him, probably, poor chap."

Diana, Princess of Wales, had a five-year affair with Mr Hewitt, who was her riding instructor.

In a revealing Panorama interview in 1995 she said she had "adored" him and been in love with him.

Mr Hewitt told Australian television host Melissa Doye that Diana had "something special" about her.

Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry on holiday in Majorca, Spain on August 10, 1987. (Photo by Georges DeKeerle/Getty Images)
Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry on holiday in Majorca, Spain on August 10, 1987. (Photo by Georges DeKeerle/Getty Images)

He said they had spend time walking along the beach and cooking together, adding:  "I think she was quite easy to fall in love with really so I think I can be forgiven for that."

Mr Hewitt has spoken publicly before about the rumours that he is Prince Harry's father, which centre around perceived similarities in the pair's looks.

He told the Sunday Mirror 15 years ago that Prince Harry was "already walking" by the time his relationship with Diana began.

He said at the time: "Admittedly the red hair is similar to mine and people say we look alike.

"I have never encouraged these comparisons and although I was with Diana for a long time I must state once and for all that I'm not Harry's father."

Telegraph.co.uk

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