London: WILD claims that James Hewitt is Prince Harry’s real dad could be fuelled by revelations of how the pair struck up an “immediate” bond.
The Duke of Sussex has long been dogged by the conspiracy theory that Princess Diana’s lover is his father – not Prince Charles. The bizarre claim that has dogged him ever since childhood has been endlessly fuelled by the fact the pair share ginger hair.
Yet Daily Star Online previously revealed how Harry actually gets his locks from a member of Diana’s family who had the same coloured hair. And we recently revealed jaw-dropping pictures which proved that Prince Charles is Harry’s dad and looked set to finally end the rumours.
But a revealing biography into the life of Harry has dropped a bombshell that threatens to fuel the false claim. Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl has revealed in “Harry: Life, Loss and Love” how the Prince and former army captain Hewitt struck up an “immediate” bond.
She describes how Hewitt “quickly” became a part of Harry’s life when he was a boy, “often stopping by at Kensington Palace the Charles was away”.And in another revelation, the author – who also wrote “William and Harry” Behind the Palace Walls” – tells how Hewitt would read books to Harry, play fight with him and take him to work with him.
The book reads: “James took to William and Harry immediately, reading to them from William’s favourite book, Winnie the Pooh, joining in nighttime pillow fights, and talking to them about his stint in the army. “Harry had been interested in all things military from a very young age. William had recruited Harry in playing his favourite game — snapping to attention and saluting their father when the Prince of Wales came in and out of a room.
“At Highgrove William and Harry would frequently dress in those uniforms and set up roadblocks, stopping staff and pointing toy guns at them as they rolled down their windows and handed over the 20-pence tariff imposed by the make-believe soldiers.
“Hewitt was only too happy to indulge Harry’s passion, inviting both boys to his army barracks, where he allowed them to climb in and out of tanks, pretend to shoot machine guns, and meet other serving officers.”
But the biography, too, states how Hewitt didn’t meet Diana until 1986 – after Harry was born – further backing the fact that Hewitt is not Harry’s dad. Nicholl also tells how the wild claim caused “heartache and, no doubt, deep aguish for Harry”. She writes: “By (Diana) bringing up Hewitt (in the famous Panorama interview) the press worked itself into a frenzy, speculating again that he was in fact Harry’s father.
“But they hadn’t done the math. Diana had started seeing him two years after Harry was born, so this speculation was merely that. “It was hardly edifying and caused yet more bitterness and heartache and, no doubt, deep anguish for Harry.”