Prince Harry shared a close bond with Diana's former lover James Hewitt, new biography reveals
The new biography has come forward to reveal that both Hewitt and Harry shared a close bond when the prince was young and used to affectionately call him “Uncle James”
A new biography has come forward to reveal that Prince Harry seemed to have quite a close relationship with her mother's alleged boyfriend.
Cavalry officer James Hewitt was believed to have had an affair with Princess Diana, during the time she was stuck in a doomed marriage to Prince Charles.
For years, both Prince Harry, as well as Hewitt, have had to avoid pestering questions from the media, with respect to the baseless rumor that Prince Harry might be Hewitt's son, but time and again the duo have agreed that they are not related in any way.
But the new biography has come forward to reveal that both Hewitt and Harry shared a close bond when the prince was young, and as per a report from Express, Harry took to “Hewitt straight away" and used to affectionately call him “Uncle James.”
In the biography, which is titled “Harry Conversations with the Prince”, the author, journalist Angela Levin writes, “The soldier-mad toddler was fascinated by everything to do with the army, so it’s no surprise he took to Hewitt straight away."
“He wore a military uniform, rode horses and made his mummy happy. Harry was always incredibly close to his mother and when Diana showed strong feelings for Hewitt he followed her example." She added, “Harry initially called him ‘mummy’s friend’ and subsequently the more intimate ‘Uncle’ James, a sobriquet Diana encouraged both boys to use for her subsequent lovers.”
According to Levin, Hewitt had quite a lot of influence on Prince Harry as a kid, and it was him that inspired Prince Harry to join the army, a position where he would later serve for 10 years.
Levin said, “Harry was engrossed by Hewitt’s military stories and thrilled when he arrived at Kensington Palace, and he and William were allowed to come downstairs after their bath and spend time with him."
“Hewitt encouraged Harry’s affection and had a miniature Household Cavalry uniform made especially for him. Harry adored it and wore it nearly to threads."
She also explained, “Hewitt also took him to visit Combermere Barracks in Windsor, home of Household Cavalry, and let him climb on a life-sized tank. Harry was in his element and announced excitedly: ‘I’m going to be a soldier when I grow up’."
Hewitt's affair with Diana began in 1986, which was exactly two years after Prince Harry was born. Incidentally, this was around the same time that Prince Charles is believed to be cheating on his then-wife with his current wife and former girlfriend, Camilla Parker Bowles.
And although the timeline doesn't match, people have still been speculating whether there is any truth to the rumor of Hewitt being the Duke of Sussex's father. Last year, during a tv appearance, Hewitt was asked directly if he was Harry’s dad, to which he replied: "No, I'm not”.