The British Royal Family have endured countless rumours over the years. But perhaps the most persistent surrounds the identity of Prince Harry’s father.
Fuelled by little more than tabloid-touted speculation and a shared hair colour, it’s been suggested that Princess Diana’s former lover James Hewitt fathered the now 32-year-old.
The rumour been denied repeatedly by people close to the family, and as of last night, by Hewitt himself.
During a special episode of Sunday Night marking 20 years since the Princess’ death, the 58-year-old former army captain was questioned point-blank on the issue by Channel 7 journalist Melissa Doyle.
“Are you Harry’s father?” she said.
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“No, I’m not,” Hewitt responded.
Asked why the rumour persists, he said simply because “it sells papers”, a notion which Doyle said must be “heartbreaking” for both he and 32-year-old Prince Harry.
“It’s worse for him probably,” Hewitt said. “Poor chap.”