A new play about Princess Diana is stoking ugly rumors about who exactly fathered Prince Harry.
At the center of it all is a former cavalry officer James Hewitt, once derided as a cad for revelations about an affair with the late princess.
Hewitt, 56, is backing the play, according to Mail Online.
“Diana and I started our relationship more than a year before Harry was born,” he says in one sensational scene.
“Now that doesn’t prove that I am his father. It’s just the… inconvenient truth.”
Truth, Lies, Diana by British author Jon Conway makes its debut at London’s Charing Cross Theatre on Jan. 9
Conway said the play is based on extensive interviews with people who knew Diana, including Hewitt and Paul Burrell, her former butler.
Hewitt said he spoke to Conway about his relationship with Diana and said he had no doubt the play would be “accurate”.
He said he had not seen the play or read specific scenes even though Conway claimed he had sent him 15 pages of the script for his approval.
“I have been talking to James over a period of two years. I met him and he told me some quite remarkable things that have never been said in the public domain, particularly about when his relationship with Diana started,” Conway said.
“There is a startling revelation that James Hewitt makes and he has allowed me to make it in the play.”
“This is the fact that his relationship with Diana started 18 months before Prince Harry was born. We are not saying he is Prince Harry’s father although the audience may take their own view on that,” Conway said.
“I don’t know if James Hewitt is Prince Harry’s father and James Hewitt has always denied it either because it isn’t true or out of some sense of loyalty.”
The play, about a journalist trying to find out the truth about Diana’s death in 1997, does not feature a depiction of the Princess herself, but it does include claims about her life, including the unfounded suggestion she was pregnant with Dodi Fayed’s baby when she died.
It is the references to Prince Harry’s paternity which are likely to be the most shocking.
In the play, the character of Hewitt insists that he has always denied being Prince Harry’s father, but the play still includes several references to the issue.
When the journalist, who is played by Conway, asks Hewitt if he knows who Prince Harry’s father is, he pauses before answering: “Of course I do.”
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