Life of Dianas ex James Hewitt and Prince Harrys real dad theory explained

Questionable theories still remain about who Prince Harry's father is to this day, thanks to the affair between James Hewitt and Princess Diana.

Harry and Meghan Markle will be back in the UK for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee event and have had a difficult relationship with their fellow royals.

The Duke of Sussex began to fall out with brother Prince William and father Prince Charles when he got together with his wife Meghan, the two having recently celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary.

Plenty of people have fallen out with the royals over time, but Charles was reported to be pretty unbothered by his soon-to-be-ex-wife's extramarital life, thanks to his own interest in Camilla Parker Bowles.

James is reported to have grown close to William and Harry thanks to hanging around so much, and he would even sneak into Kensington Palace when he and Diana were enjoying their steamy romance.

Who is James Hewitt?

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James Hewitt is a former army major known for having an affair with Princess Diana when she was married to Prince Charles.

Now 64, Hewitt was in the British Army's Brigade of Guards and served during the Gulf War.

Thanks to their affairs, rumours that Prince Harry is Hewitt's son have been very common in the press and public.

Their romance appears to not just have been a fleeting affair that fell apart, but one that reluctantly ended with the two feeling somewhat heartbroken about it all.

Hewitt had to move away thanks to his job, meaning he had to leave Diana and it was then the affair came to an end.

Diana later said: "Yes, I was in love with him. But I was very let down."

When did James Hewitt and Princess Diana have an affair?

James Hewitt and Princess Diana had an affair between 1986 and 1991.

The two explained they were very much in love with each other.

James told Australian TV: "I think she was quite easy to fall in love with really so I think I can be forgiven for that."

Their passionate but forbidden love resulted in a devastating split, with the army man explaining he was suicidal when the affair ended.

He told the US entertainment show Inside Edition: "I got in my car and loaded a few things up to get on the ferry to go to France – to shoot myself. And then my mother insisted on coming with me. And, had she hadn't, I would have probably shot myself. So I owe her my life really."

Is James Hewitt Prince Harry's dad?

James Hewitt is not the father of Prince Harry, and both Diana and he have denied the claims.

The army man said Harry was "already a toddler" when their fling began.

He said in 2002: "There really is no possibility whatsoever that I am Harry's father."

As for the red hair, which is similar to his hair and not Prince Charles', Hewitt said: "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."

Diana herself explained that the red hair came from her side of the family.

Harry's striking similarities are actually close to those of his granddad Prince Philip, and there have been several photos released of them looking very much alike at similar ages.

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