According to Prince Harry, King Charles made “sadistic” jokes about his “real” father.
The Duke of Sussex claimed in his new memoir “Spare” that Charles seemed to enjoy making hurtful comments about his parentage amid public speculation that Harry’s true father was Princess Diana’s former lover Major James Hewitt.
According to Page Six, Prince Harry claimed in his upcoming book:
“Pa liked telling stories, and this was one of the best in his repertoire. He’d always end with a burst of philosophizing … Who knows if I’m really the Prince of Wales? Who knows if I’m even your real father?”
“He’d laugh and laugh, though it was a remarkably unfunny joke, given the rumor circulating just then that my actual father was one of Mummy’s former lovers: Major James Hewitt. One cause of this rumor was Major Hewitt’s flaming ginger hair, but another cause was sadism.”
In the book, Prince Harry stated that King Charles never directly addressed the rumors involving Hewitt.
The prince, on the other hand, claimed that tabloid readers loved the idea that his father was not actually Charles.
“Maybe it made them feel better about their lives that a young prince’s life was laughable. Never mind that my mother didn’t meet Major Hewitt until long after I was born.”
Buckingham Palace told Page Six that it will not comment on the book’s contents.
Princess Diana, Prince Harry’s mother, had a five-year affair with Hewitt after meeting him at a dinner party in 1986.
In a previous interview, Hewitt denied the rumors about Prince Harry’s paternity. He pointed out that by the time his affair with Diana began, the prince had already been born.
In 2002, Hewitt told the Sunday Mirror:
“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.”
Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s former butler, also denied the rumors. He claims that Prince William and Prince Harry’s mother was enraged by the speculation about her younger son’s parentage.
“It’s something that’s been made up. It was just because Harry had red hair, but all the Spencers have red hair.”
Ken Wharfe, Princess Diana’s personal protection officer, expressed similar sentiments in his book “Diana: Closely Guarded Secret.”
“The malicious rumors that still persist about the paternity of Prince Harry used to anger Diana greatly. Harry was born on 15 September 1984. Diana did not meet James until the summer of 1986, and the red hair, gossips so love to cite as proof is, of course, a Spencer trait.”
The memoir “Spare” by Prince Harry will be released on Tuesday.