Since his birth in 1984, Prince Harry has been the subject of remarks because of his red hair colour. Then rumours began to circulate that he was the son of James Hewitt, Lady Di's ex-lover. However, there is now evidence that he is indeed King Charles' son. Voici l'histoire, in partnership with Podcast Story, invites you to (re)discover this saga surrounding the identity of the Duke of Sussex.
Prince Harry's hair colour has been the subject of much controversy. It all began on 15 September 1984. After a nine-hour-long labour and an epidural, Princess Diana gave birth to her second son. Keen to have a daughter, Prince Charles had a shocking reaction when he discovered his baby, according to Lady Di's biographer Andrew Morton. "Oh my God, it's a boy," he reportedly blurted out. "He even has red hair!" he added. It has to be said that no member of the British royal family has ever had red hair . At Prince Harry's christening in December 1984, Prince Charles is said to have made disparaging remarks about his son's hair, even admitting that he was angry.
Rumours about Prince Harry's identity began circulating in the 1990s. Some assumed that Prince William's brother was in fact the illegitimate son of James Hewitt. And with good reason: this former cavalry officer in the British army, who had an affair with Princess Diana, has a fiery head of hair. But Lady Di's ex-lover has always denied that he is Prince Harry's father, insisting that he began his romance with the princess in 1986, two years after the birth of the Duke of Sussex. In a programme broadcast on Channel 7 in 2017, a journalist asked him: "Are you Harry's father?" And James Hewitt firmly replied, "No, I'm not."
What Prince Harry and members of his family have in common
There is a great deal of evidence that Prince Harry is indeed the son of King Charles. Specialists quickly revealed a genetic link between the Duke of Sussex and members of his family. His grandfather, father, brother and himself all suffer from dactylitis.
Dactylitis is an inflammation of the fingers that causes them to become sausage-shaped. They are known as "sausage fingers". Experts also spotted the striking resemblance between Prince Harry and his grandfather, Prince Philip, on the cover of Paris Match in 1957.