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Britain's Prince Harry had blood test to prove Charles was father: newspaper
Agence France-Presse ^ | June 28, 2005

Posted on 06/28/2005 4:41:31 PM PDT by RWR8189

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's royal family forced the late Princess Diana to blood test her younger son, Prince Harry, to prove he was not the offspring of an affair with an army officer, according to a newspaper report.

Diana, who died in 1997, did not tell Harry why his blood was being taken, the Sun newspaper said in extracts from a book by Simone Simmons, an "energy healer" billed as a former close friend and confidante of the princess.

Senior royals, notably Queen Elizabeth's husband Prince Philip, feared that their son, Prince Charles, who was married to Diana, might not have been the real father of Harry, who was born in September 1984.

Diana had previously had a passionate affair with army officer Major James Hewitt, and there had been rumours that Harry -- who, like Hewitt, has red hair -- was the product of that relationship.

Simmons, whose book "Diana: The Last Word," is being serialised by the tabloid newspaper, claimed she felt Diana should know about the rumours Harry was illegitimate.

"It fell to me to impart the unpleasant news to the princess," the paper quoted her as saying.

Diana, who publicly admitted to her affair with Hewitt in a 1995 television interview, insisted that the dates of her affair with the officer meant he could not possibly be Harry's father, Simmons said.

However, she was pressured to carry out DNA tests on both Harry and his elder brother, Prince William, to prove their paternity, the Sun said in its Wednesday edition.

The tests showed that both princes had been fathered by Charles, the heir to the British throne, who Diana finally divorced in 1996, a year before her death in a Paris car crash.

On Monday, the Sun printed an extract from the book in which Simmons claims Diana had a passionate affair with John F Kennedy Jr, the son of the assassinated US president, who himself died in a plane crash in 1999.

Some other British newspapers have ridiculed Simmons' supposed revelations, saying she was never especially close to Diana and is most likely inventing stories for financial gain.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: diana; paternity; princecharles; princeharry; princessdiana; royalfamily; royals; thelastword; whocares
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To: Williams
Watching the hysteria surrounding the Diana funeral, I was convinced the entire country was having a nervous breakdown.

Running after the hearse, throwing flowers at the windscreen......they had all taken leave of their senses.

21 posted on 06/28/2005 5:02:03 PM PDT by OldFriend (AMERICAN WARS SET MEN FREE)
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To: bannie

Diana's brother Charles, in the middle, has red hair, as does her sister Sarah.

22 posted on 06/28/2005 5:03:56 PM PDT by TrebleRebel
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To: TrebleRebel

Forget the hair. Buy them some shoulders.


23 posted on 06/28/2005 5:05:51 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius

;)


24 posted on 06/28/2005 5:08:02 PM PDT by TrebleRebel
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To: RWR8189

it seems to me they might not release the information if the test showed charles wasn't the father.


25 posted on 06/28/2005 5:11:09 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: TrebleRebel

Harry strongly resembles her sister Sarah.

Why would anybody have to "force" Harry to have a DNA test? The Queen or Charles could have gotten Harry's doctor to order a test on the QT any time they liked, or taken him to another doctor they trusted, and Diana wouldn't have known a thing about it (neither would this talking-through-her-hat Suzanne person).

Even if Suzanne Simmons is telling the truth about things Diana told her, why should we trust Diana and her tall tales about Harry and JFK, Jr? She was a liar and manipulator.


26 posted on 06/28/2005 5:16:16 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: WoofDog123

Sometime around 1776 my family showed they no longer gave a tinkers dam about the royal snoots. We have always named our dogs Duke, Queenie, Prince, King and Princess. I now see why.


27 posted on 06/28/2005 5:17:40 PM PDT by BTCM
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To: bannie
I also believe that Diana's brother has red hair. A family trait it would seem. I suppose it's no wonder that Harry's gone off the deep end with his strange taste in costumes and such.

If I was part of that dysfunctional family; I'd probably be a little "touched" as well.

28 posted on 06/28/2005 5:18:58 PM PDT by AFreeBird (your mileage may vary)
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To: All

I am afraid I can't post a link to the pics, but I have seen the british soldier that was runored to be the father...And if you ever see the pictures I have of the soldier and Harry shot from the same angle, with similar expressions..you will be shocked by the obvious look of a shared bloodline...


29 posted on 06/28/2005 5:30:14 PM PDT by uncle fenders
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To: All

I am afraid I can't post a link to the pics, but I have seen the british soldier that was runored to be the father...And if you ever see the pictures I have of the soldier and Harry shot from the same angle, with similar expressions..you will be shocked by the obvious look of a shared bloodline...


30 posted on 06/28/2005 5:30:15 PM PDT by uncle fenders
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To: Andy from Beaverton

Let alone the ears....


31 posted on 06/28/2005 5:55:38 PM PDT by Androcles (All your typos are belong to us)
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To: OldFriend
they had all taken leave of their senses...

I felt the same way watching the royal wedding hysteria initially. I do actually feel sorry for all involved. A naive young woman entering what turns out to be a loveless marriage into a dysfunctional family in view oif all the world's media 24/7.

This is why they should abolish the monarchy or turn them more background-ish, ala the cycling royals of Holland, or the Scandinavian royals who were denied permission to let the royal limosine doublepark while picking up palace drycleaning on the grounds that 'if we let the royals do it then everyone else will want to'.

Ojh ye, and Prince Phillip should be permanently gagged.

32 posted on 06/28/2005 6:00:31 PM PDT by Androcles (All your typos are belong to us)
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To: RWR8189

"Royal family?" Or the Flukes of Hazard? What a low-class soap opera the "royals" are!


33 posted on 06/28/2005 6:03:47 PM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: Run Silent Run Deep

Because she, with a sterling Brit pedigree married a creep with a German pedigree and doubtful capacity along with a penchant for the ugly duckling progeny of one of his forefather's mistresses.

Because that schmuck took a virgin young woman and destroyed her as best he could.


34 posted on 06/28/2005 6:10:19 PM PDT by Spirited
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To: Run Silent Run Deep

She was damned adorable and used like a pair of cheap shoes by that damned inbreed bunch or royals in England.


35 posted on 06/28/2005 6:12:28 PM PDT by em2vn
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To: em2vn
She was damned adorable

"It is always tempting to impute
Unlikely virtues to the cute."
- PJ O'Eourke

36 posted on 06/28/2005 6:29:48 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (It's a Druid Thing (Improper Tag)
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To: RWR8189
Diana had previously had a passionate affair with army officer Major James Hewitt, and there had been rumours that Harry -- who, like Hewitt, has red hair -- was the product of that relationship.

Reminds me of the Farkle Family on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Perhaps that red hair came from trusted neighbor Ferd Berfle.

37 posted on 06/28/2005 9:12:31 PM PDT by AZLiberty
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To: Spirited

She was nuts before he got to her.


38 posted on 06/28/2005 9:48:08 PM PDT by Run Silent Run Deep (PRAY FOR THOSE THAT HURT AND HATE US)
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To: WoofDog123; Lijahsbubbe; aculeus; dighton; kingattax
>>>it seems to me they might not release the information if the test showed charles wasn't the father. <<<

The tests showed that both princes had been fathered by Charles, the heir to the British throne, who Diana finally divorced in 1996, a year before her death in a Paris car crash.

However...

Some other British newspapers have ridiculed Simmons' supposed revelations, saying she was never especially close to Diana and is most likely inventing stories for financial gain.


39 posted on 06/29/2005 1:41:58 AM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: Spirited

Camilla is related to Charles? Who is their shared forefather?


40 posted on 06/29/2005 8:59:03 AM PDT by Melpomene
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