Prince Harry responds to decades-old rumour that King Charles isn't his "real father"

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Prince Harry's paternity has been under intense speculation, almost since the day he was born. And now, at the grand age of 38, the royal has directly addressed the rumour that King Charles III isn't his "real father".

To recap, over the years many people have questioned whether the Duke of Sussex was actually fathered by Princess Diana's former riding instructor, James Hewitt, who she had an affair with.

Commenting on the rumour in his upcoming memoir, Spare – excerpts of which have been published early by various outlets – Harry said: "Pa [King Charles III] liked telling stories, and this was one of the best in his repertoire. He’d always end with a burst of philosophising… Who knows if I’m really the Prince of Wales? Who knows if I’m even your real father?"

Harry went on, "He’d laugh and laugh, thought it was a remarkably unfunny joke, given the rumour circulating just then that my actual father was one of Mummy’s former lovers: Major James Hewitt. One cause of this rumour was Major Hewitt’s flaming ginger hair, but another cause was sadism."

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The Duke then rubbishes the rumour, pointing out that logically this can't be true because Princess Diana didn’t meet Major Hewitt until "long after" he was born.

Previously, Major Hewitt denied the claims too, saying in 2002: "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."

So, there you have it!

Cosmopolitan UK is yet to see a copy of Spare.

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