Some years ago a journalist I knew visited a friend who had opened a small mission school in deepest Africa. The friend invited the children to ask the journalist any question they wanted. The first question was: “Is James Hewitt Prince Harry’s father?”
I repeat this tale to show just how far this story has spread. Maybe they don’t talk about it in North Korea, but I expect it is discussed everywhere else around the globe. Yet, it must be the biggest urban myth of all time.
Since the original item ‘Who Does Prince Harry Look Like? James Hewitt Myth Debunked’ appeared in TMR on August 24th 2011, it has rarely, if ever, been out of TMR’s top ten. I have noticed the readers’ comments with interest and, in some cases, with amazement! I must assure you that the Palace has not paid me to write it, I haven’t altered any pictures, and Prince Charles would probably emigrate to Mars rather than thank me, a big Diana supporter, for anything.
I wrote it because I genuinely care about the historic record of our times. Hundreds of years from now, our descendants will be poring over relics and documents of this era. If falsehoods go uncorrected, they will be assumed to be correct. Historians and expert writers have a duty to present the truth for future generations.
I also care about the huge burden this ridiculous story has placed on Prince Harry. Yes, he has been responsible for some silly behaviour, but let us not forget that he was still twelve when he lost his mother and his growing up was far from easy. He was not helped by people who passed on the Hewitt speculation as if it were fact.
In 2002, Hewitt himself set the record straight in a newspaper interview: "There really is no possibility whatsoever that I am Harry's father. I can absolutely assure you that I am not. 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. When I met Diana, he was already a toddler.” Hewitt’s comments were reported by the BBC.
After gaining notoriety through a couple of books that betrayed the princess, his futile attempts to sell her letters, and a rather mixed career in reality television, Hewitt opted for a quieter life in the Spanish sun. He now runs the Polo House restaurant in Marbella. He has moved on, but the story about Harry’s paternity hasn’t - until now.
Harry is developing into a popular, hard-working young man who has gained a great deal of respect in recent times when representing the Queen abroad. Diana would be justifiably proud of him as he serves his country through military service. It is time to end the myth about his birth once and for all.
In my previous article on this topic I gave chapter and verse on the evidence that proves Charles is Harry’s father. As Harry grows older, the resemblances grow stronger. Pictures of Harry, Charles, the Queen and other members of the Royal Family are openly available via Internet image searches. The striking similarities are there, as is the red hair that passed down the Spencer line to Harry.
Interestingly, Diana’s father, the 8th Earl Spencer, bore a passing resemblance to Hewitt in his youth. Who knows, could that have been part of Hewitt’s attraction?