Prince Harry has claimed in his new book that his father King Charles III made a “sadistic” joke about his paternity.

The Duke of Sussex opens up about the incident and his father’s passion for telling “stories” in his new memoir Spare.

Harry said that his father, who became “philosophical” towards the end of his stories, acknowledged that no one could be sure they weren’t “living in a fantasy” before joking about the possibility he wasn’t Harry’s “real father.”


Harry, 38, didn’t take the joke well as he grew up amid rumors that his actual father was Princess Diana‘s former lover Major James Hewitt.

Hewitt famously had an affair with Princess Diana after he became her horse-riding instructor. According to Hewitt’s book Princess in Love, the affair lasted from 1986 to 1991 and occurred when Diana was still married to Charles.

Prince Harry was born in 1984. In his memoir, Harry mentions that the rumor spread despite Diana not meeting Major Hewitt until after he was born.

Hewitt has also denied the possibility of being Harry’s father as he met Diana two years after she’d given birth.

Harry’s memoir also contains other shocking allegations such as his older brother Prince William physically attacking him in an argument over his marriage to Meghan Markle. It is set to be released on January 10.

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