Self-proclaimed 'lovechild' of King Charles III and Camilla pays tribute to his late 'grandmother'
Simon Charles Dorante-Day, 56, broke his silence over the Queen's demise after she passed away at Balmoral Castle on Thursday, September 8
QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA: An Australian engineer who claims he is the lovechild of King Charles III and Queen consort Camilla has paid a tribute to his late "grandmother" Queen Elizabeth II.
Simon Charles Dorante-Day, who was born in Britain, broke his silence over the Queen's demise after she passed away at Balmoral Castle on Thursday, September 8. The 56-year-old engineer, who is now based in Queensland, said his daughter broke the news to him when he woke up on Friday, September 9. "Like everyone on the planet it would be hard not to be affected and saddened by her passing," he wrote on Facebook. "Since finding out about the loss of my grandmother aka Lilibet, I've been inundated with messages of condolence for the loss. Thank you all for your kind words, thoughts, and concern."
Simon, who has reportedly been seeking DNA and paternity tests from Charles and Camilla since 2018, said the Queen's death also meant more hurdles for him to get to the bottom of his biological lineage. Nonetheless, he is determined to continue his efforts to establish that the new sovereign and his wife are indeed his biological parents. "As many of you have expressed my family and I are mourning not just the loss of Her Majesty but the loss of another opportunity to resolve this issue pleasantly, the right way," he said. "So, despite the lost opportunity of getting to personally hear her version of events, and the great sadness we all feel at her passing, on a personal and public scale it will be business as usual."
Simon said he felt the Queen was "free" to do what she wished in the afterlife "like she had her entire reign" and that she's now "reunited with her greatest love and closest friend," the late Prince Philip. The father-of-nine said the Queen wouldn't want anyone to feel sad, but "would rather we all celebrate and remember her for what she stood for and the changes that she was able to make during her reign."
Simon, whose wife Elvianna and children are Indigenous Australians, said his family would be performing sacred Aboriginal cultural practices. "Together we are all entering a period of what First Nations Australians would define as 'Sorry Business' as we all experience this loss!" he continued. "No matter your feelings, political alignments, religious beliefs, or convictions - she has been a part of our lives for a lifetime. Elizabeth touched each and every one of us. Dr. Elvianna, the family, and I would appreciate people's understanding and respect that we too are experiencing Sorry Business, for our own reasons, in our own way. Rest in peace Aka, you are in God's hands now, I know in me I will always carry a piece of you," he added.
Simon was reportedly born in Portsmouth, UK, on April 5, 1966, and was adopted when he was eight months old by a family that later settled in Australia. His adoptive grandparents are said to have worked for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in one of their royal households, and he claims his adoptive grandmother repeatedly told him he was the son of Charles and Camilla.
Simon has alleged that Charles and Camilla began a romantic relationship in 1965, a year before he was born. He claims that the Queen consort was absent from the British social scene in the nine months before he was born, while the King was sent on a trip to Australia. According to Dorante-Day, Camilla kept him until he was eight months old, hiding him from the world with the help of the royal family and protection officers. When he became too big to hide, it was arranged so he would be adopted by the daughter of a royal household staff member -- his adoptive grandmother. While Simon believes inconsistencies on his birth certificate prove he's of royal blood, his timeline contradicts official records that state the couple met five years later.
According to Simon, his research suggests Charles and Camilla first became close in 1965 after meeting at Winston Churchill's funeral in January of that year. He claims he was told it was a condition of the adoption that his names Simon and Charles were not changed. The self-proclaimed prince has reportedly spent the past couple of years moving the courts to have the royals commit to paternity and maternity tests, but to no avail. In the meantime, he has garnered popularity on social media by posting images comparing photos of himself and his children alongside members of the royal family.