James Hewitt has categorically denied being the real father of Prince Harry , saying he feels sorry for the ‘poor chap” after decades of vicious rumours.
Asked if he was Harry’s father, Hewitt replied: “No, I’m not.”
Quizzed over why the rumours have persisted for so long, he said: “It sells papers.
“It’s worse for him [Harry] probably, the poor chap.”
Hewitt began a secret affair with Diana in 1986 – two years after Harry, now aged 32, was born.
Despite this fact, gossip mongers have continued to speculate over who Harry’s father really is, given the resemblance between red-haired Hewitt and the Prince.
Supporters of Diana, including her former butler Paul Burrell, have previously spoken out in a bi to quash the rumours.
Hewitt and Diana began seeing each other around the same time Prince Charles was said to have begun an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, now his second wife and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Hewitt defended his romance with the princess, saying he could be “fogiven for falling in love with her because it was “so easy”.
Their affair was exposed five years after it started, shortly after Hewitt, a former tank commander, had served in the first Gulf War.
Today, the 58-year-old lives as a recluse in Dorset, but says he has no regrets about falling in love with the People’s Princess.
“No, I don’t regret that,” he said.
“I regret some of the things that have been caused by that but not that at all. No way.”
Hewitt was speaking to Australian Channel Seven, in the 20th anniversary year of Diana’s death.
She and her boyfriend Dod Fayed, son of billionaire retailer Mohammed Al-Fayed, died on August 31, 1997, when their Mercedes crashed in a road tunnel in Paris, whoe being pursued by paparazzi.
The driver, Henri Paul, who was also killed, was later found to have been drunk at the wheel.