Watching Prince Harry in the first part of Harry's Arctic Heroes (BBC One), in which Prince Harry accompanied four wounded soldiers on an expedition to the North Pole in April, I was struck by his resemblance to the Windsors - not the Spencers - despite the red hair that runs in his mother’s family.
Now 26, Harry’s face has matured and seeing him chatting to the camera, I was struck by how much he reminds me not just of his father, Prince Charles, but also of his grandmother, the Queen. The same facial expressions, the same slight nuances in the smile, and the same genetic narrowing over the bridge of the nose: all show he is a real Windsor boy. In profile, his slightly upturned nose even reminds me of the Queen’s late disgraced uncle, the Duke of Windsor.
So much for those old tales that Harry is James Hewitt’s son - that has to be the world’s worst urban myth. Over the years, it has been repeated by some who should have known better. I won’t get an OBE for this, but I can tell you that I have spent many hours convincing people that this story is totally false.
Side by side comparison of James Hewitt/Prince Harry
The suggestion that Harry was James Hewitt's son was the one thing that really angered the late princess. “It drove her wild with fury,” says TMR publisher and Diana's official biographer, Andrew Morton.
There is ample evidence that Harry, born September 15th 1984, was conceived over Christmas 1983, which the Royal Family then spent at Windsor before travelling on to Sandringham for the annual shoots on the estate. Diana was with the royal party the whole time. The idea that Major Hewitt managed to scale the ramparts of Windsor Castle to impregnate the Princess of Wales is beyond ridiculous. Hewitt did not even begin his affair with Diana until autumn 1986.
Harry with his father, Prince Charles, and older brother William
A few years ago, when I was writing the first ever television documentary about Prince Harry - Harry the Mysterious Prince - I interviewed Ken Wharfe, Diana’s bodyguard during her five year romance with Hewitt. Ken is among those who really know the truth. This is what he said: “What we saw after the birth of Harry was a lot of speculation and rumour that Harry was the son of James Hewitt. Statistically, we know that was impossible. I know personally it wasn’t because the Princess told me so and I think really that’s where the matter ends.”
But for anyone else still in doubt, Diana’s friend, the reporter and diarist Richard Kay also told my programme: “There are some physical characteristics that I will commend to you: Harry, his brother, his father, and his grandfather, Prince Philip, share one thing in common - they all have sausage fingers!”