The publication of the book “Spare”, has uncovered old controversies within the royal family, one of them the rumor that James Hewitt would be the real father of Prince Harry.
James Hewitt was an officer in the British Army Cavalry and would have met Princess Diana in 1986, that same year Diana had ended her relationship with one of her bodyguards, Barry Mannakee.
The two saw each other on the sly for five years, until 1991 when their relationship ended. Despite the rumors that circulated, the relationship was confirmed by Hewitt in 1994.
A year later Diana, in her BBC interview, went so far as to claim that she “adored” James but was “abandoned by him.” Since then many claim that James Hewitt is Prince Harry’s real father.
Prince Harry’s real father
After the release of the book Spare the rumor picked up steam again, as Harry claims in his memoirs how King Charles III recurrently joked that he was not her biological father.
“‘Who knows if I’m really the Prince of Wales? Who knows if I’m even your real father? Maybe your real father is in Broadmoor, darling boy!”
For the Duke of Sussex that was “unfunny joke,” since at the time there was a rumor circulating that Harry was the son of one of Princess Diana’s former lovers.
“One cause of this rumour was Major Hewitt’s flaming ginger hair, but another cause was sadism. Tabloid readers were delighted by the idea that the younger child of Prince Charles wasn’t the child of Prince Charles,” Harry writes. “Never mind that my mother didn’t meet Major Hewitt until long after I was born, the story was simply too good to drop.”
It should be noted that Harry was born in 1984, Diana and James met in 1986. “When I met Diana, Harry was already a little boy,” Hewitt confirmed.
James Hewitt and Prince Harry side by side