The theory underlying the assertion that James Hewitt is Prince Harry’s father is explained, along with dates.
Is James Hewitt, Prince Harry‘s father, a wild notion that has been rumbling for decades?
The notion is based on the news that Princess Diana was dating Hewitt when she was married to Prince Charles, which Hewitt has denied.
Between 1986 and 1991, they enjoyed a five-year relationship when Hewitt was asked to teach the princess riding lessons while still in the Household Cavalry.
In 1995, Diana admitted the affair, leading to speculation that Hewitt was Prince Harry’s biological father.
But what evidence do we have that the theory is just that?
Christopher Jackson said: “I was reminded today of this incredible vintage @parismatch_magazine from 1957 I acquired a few years ago. I was blown away the minute I spotted it.
“It always reminds me of the unique, historic reference points that royal photography provides. The front cover features a fantastically suave Prince Philip on tour with The Queen.”
People were quick to comment on the pics at the time on Twitter with one stating: “For anyone saying Harry is not Charles’s son, he looks exactly like Philip here!”
Another said: “I thought it was Harry.”
While a third added: “This is the first time that I saw Prince Harry looks like his grandfather.”
Since then, several snaps have re-emerged of the pair, showing their likeness in adolescence and adulthood.
Sarah Ferguson also spoke out last year saying she was “sick of hearing the rumours” that James Hewitt is Prince Harry’s real dad.
A royal insider had told Australian magazine New Idea: “Fergie is nothing short of exasperated that this story crops up every few years.
“It frustrates her to let this go on, which is why she broke ranks. She’s sick of hearing it.”
Fergie was close friends with Diana, who died aged 36 in a Paris car crash on August 31, 1997.
The insider added: “They had their tiffs over the years, but Fergie was one of the few people Diana could turn to with delicate matters.
“Fergie swore to take many of Diana’s secrets to the grave – but Harry not being Charles’ kid is simply just not one of them.”
The source also rubbished the rumours that Prince Charles isn’t the Duke of Sussex’s dad.
They added: “[Diana] hadn’t even met Hewitt when Harry was conceived [in 1984].
“It’s chronologically impossible for [Hewitt] to be the father. It’s all a silly conspiracy theory and she’s absolutely fed up with it.
“There’s absolutely no question that Charles is Harry’s father.”