There’s a new play opening in London on Jan. 9, 2015 entitled “Truth, Lies, Diana.” The play is intended to answer questions about Princess Diana’s death in 1997; however, the Mirror UK on Dec. 28 says one other thing this new play will do is stir up the old controversy about who is Prince Harry’s father.
Ever since the royal break-up of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, rumor has circulated that Prince Charles may not be Harry’s father. But if Prince Charles is not Harry’s father, who is? Word on the street (and in this play) says army officer James Hewitt. Hewitt and Diana had a relationship in the 1980s, but Hewitt has always denied that he is Harry’s father.
James Hewitt put his feelings on record with the Sunday Mirror 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.”
Diana’s former police bodyguard, Ken Wharfe, also vehemently denies these rumors. “The malicious rumours that still persist about the paternity of Harry used to anger Diana greatly. The nonsense should be scotched here and now. Harry was born on 15 September, 1984. Diana did not meet James until the summer of 1986, and the red hair gossips so love to cite as proof is, of course, a Spencer trait.” Diana’s maiden name was Spencer.
The opposing voice has primarily been publicist Max Clifford. Mr. Clifford contends that the affair between James and Diana began before Harry’s birth in 1984. “Truth, Lies, Diana” intimates the same thing, but never says it outright.
Despite the absolute denials by those who should be in the know, the rumors have persisted. James Hewitt has allowed himself to be portrayed in “Truth, Lies, Diana” despite the fact that the script alludes to the fact that he may be Harry’s father.
The James Hewitt character in the play says, at one point, “Diana and I started our relationship more than a year before Harry was born. Now that doesn’t prove that I am his father. It’s just the. . . inconvenient truth.” Even so, the real James Hewitt is sticking by his story that they met after Harry’s birth.
Prince Charles reassured his son that he was indeed his biological father before Harry started school at Eaton in 1998. And regardless of who his father was, Harry bears a strong resemblance to Princess Diana.
The play “Truth, Lies, Diana” will be performed at the Charing Cross Theatre in Central London. It’s on a limited run from Jan. 9 through Feb. 14, 2015.