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Princess Diana's former butler has addressed rumours that Prince Charles isn't Harry's father.

Mamamia logo Mamamia 2018-02-13 Marta Jary
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On Tuesday’s episode of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, Paul Burrell, a former royal butler and confidante to Princess Diana, was asked by his fellow campmates if Prince Charles is indeed Prince Harry’s father.

The question of Prince Harry’s paternity has long been the source of unfounded, but compelling rumours, with conspiracy theorists convinced that Diana fell pregnant to her flame-haired lover, James Hewitt, during her marriage to the Prince of Wales.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 01: The Prince And Princess Of Wales Holding Their Baby Son, Prince William, At Home In Kensington Palace © Tim Graham/Getty Images LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 01: The Prince And Princess Of Wales Holding Their Baby Son, Prince William, At Home In Kensington Palace

Burrell shot the rumours down. "She didn't know James Hewitt when Harry was born. That's a fact. Five years into the marriage, she had Harry. And she hadn't yet met James Hewitt," he said simply. 

The romance between Diana and Hewitt, at least, is matter of public record. In 1995, Princess Diana confessed, in an interview with BBC Panorama, that that she'd had an affair with the former army captain. Questions about Harry's parentage, and the timing of the affair, were raised as a result.

Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry © Georges De Keerle/Getty Images Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry

Those who continue to believe the chatter point to rather watery circumstantial evidence - both Hewitt and Harry have red hair and charismatic, cheeky personalities.

Those traits are also possessed, however, by Diana's redheaded brother, Charles Spencer.

Princess Diana and her sons Prince Harry and Prince William (in cap behind his mother) prepare to take a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh during a holiday in the Austrian resort of Lech, 27th March 1994. © Pascal J Le Segretain/Sygma via Getty Images Princess Diana and her sons Prince Harry and Prince William (in cap behind his mother) prepare to take a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh during a holiday in the Austrian resort of Lech, 27th March 1994.

However the timing of Harry's birth is the nail in the coffin of the theory. Harry was born in in September 1984, and Diana's affair with Hewitt is said to have begun the following year, 1985.

Regardless, the talk continues. Last year, Hewitt himself was drawn on the issue of Harry's paternity, in an interview Sunday Night.

When asked, "Are you Harry’s father?" his answer left no room for further questions. "No, I’m not," he stated.

As for the rumours, he said: "It sells papers. It’s worse for (Harry) probably, poor chap".

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