James Hewitt, Princess Diana’s former lover and long-suspected father of Prince Harry, is fighting for his life in the hospital after suffering a stroke and heart attack.


Hewitt, a 58-year-old army officer, was rushed to the intensive care unit after undergoing an emergency surgery related a to pre-existing illness. Doctors gave him “just a slim chance” of survival after he suffered a heart attack just before the procedure. Now, however, his family is “hopeful he will pull through.”

“He had a pre-existing illness, then got seriously ill. Suddenly it got very critical and he was rushed to hospital,” a source told the Sunday Mirror. “It was pretty serious, but hopefully we’re all ok now. He is recovering.”

Hewitt and Diana had a five-year affair while the Princess was still married to Prince Charles. He earned his nickname “the Cad” after selling the story to the media, and attempting to sell Diana’s letters for millions of dollars.

Diana admitted the affair in a 1995 interview with Martin Bashir. “Yes, I adored him. Yes, I was in love with him. But I was very let down,” she said before mentioning her husband’s love interest Camilla Parker-Bowles: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”

Officially, Diana and Hewitt were said to have met after Harry was already a toddler, but others believe they met nearly a year prior to his birth. “Diana and I started our relationship more than a year before Harry was born,” Hewitt himself once said. “Now that doesn’t prove that I am his father. It’s just the inconvenient truth.” Later, however, when asked again about Harry’s paternity, Hewitt responded, “No I’m not. It’s worse for him, probably. Poor chap.”

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