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James Hewitt

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James Lifford Hewitt born 30 April 1958 is an English former cavalry officer in the British Army He rose to public prominence in the mid-1990s after he disclosed a romantic affair that he had engaged in with Diana, Princess of Wales, while she was still the wife of the heir apparent to the throne of the United Kingdom, Prince Charles


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 Military career
    • 22 Business and media career
  • 3 Personal life
    • 31 Affair with Diana
    • 32 Other
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life

Hewitt was born in Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and grew up in Kent and Devon He was educated at Millfield, a public school, in Street, Somerset


Military career

Having attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Hewitt was commissioned into the Life Guards, British Army, on 8 April 1978 as a second lieutenant He was promoted to lieutenant on 8 April 1980 He transferred from a short service commission to a special regular commission on 1 October 1981 He was promoted to captain on 8 October 1984 On 21 October 1985, he transferred from a special regular commission to a regular commission In 1991, he served as a Challenger tank commander in the Gulf War He was mentioned in despatches 'in recognition of service during the operation in the Gulf' in June 1991 He failed the exam for promotion to major three times The rank of Major was conferred on Hewitt after he had retired

On 1 March 1994, he was retired from the British Army after 17 years' military service

Business and media career

Hewitt opened a golf driving range in 1994 He opened the Polo House, a bar in the fashionable Golden Mile of Marbella, Spain, in 2009 It closed in 2013

In 2006, Hewitt appeared as a contestant in The X Factor: Battle of the Stars, the celebrity version of The X Factor, in a duo with Rebecca Loos He also appeared in the first episode of Top Gear UK's Series 8 in May of the same year to participate with other celebrities in setting power lap times around the Top Gear Test Track in the show's newest "reasonably priced car": when the presenters seemingly did not recognise him upon his arrival, they were apparently too embarrassed to admit as much, and rather than ask him his name, they listed his lap time as "Well Spoken Man"

Personal life

Affair with Diana

In 1994, six months after Hewitt's retirement from the armed forces, Anna Pasternak published the book Princess in Love Hewitt was a major source, and it alleged that he had had a five-year affair with Princess Diana, from 1986 to 1991 Diana confirmed the affair in her 1995 Panorama interview The following year, the film Princess in Love by David Greene was released, based on the book, with Julie Cox and Christopher Villiers playing the lead roles

Hewitt considered committing suicide after the affair ended He was preparing for a trip to France, and he wanted to shoot himself He said, "I got in my car and loaded a few things up to get on the ferry to go to France – to shoot myself And then my mother insisted on coming with me And, if she hadn't, I would have probably shot myself So I owe her my life really"

In 2003, Hewitt tried to sell his 64 personal letters from Diana for £10 million The act of selling the letters was considered to be a betrayal of trust, and Sarah, Duchess of York, condemned his action She was reported to have said, "Betrayal, I think is the most horrible, horrible, disloyal thing you can do to anyone"

Persistent suggestions have been made in the media that Hewitt, and not Charles, is the biological father of Prince Harry Hewitt stated to the press in 2002 that Harry had already been born by the time of the affair, a statement also made by Diana's police bodyguard He reiterated this in an interview in 2017 Diana attributed Harry's colouring to her side of the family, calling him her "little Spencer"


In July 2004, Hewitt was arrested outside a restaurant in Fulham with Alison Bell, a CNN journalist, for the possession of cocaine A drunken Hewitt had 036 grams 0013 oz of cocaine in his pocket He was given a warning, and Bell was released without charge As a result, he was refused reinstatement of his firearms licences because of his "intemperate habits" after police found a disassembled 16-bore shotgun on his living room floor

On 14 May 2017, it was reported that Hewitt had suffered from both a heart attack and stroke, leaving him fighting for his life in hospital However, by the end of June 2017, Hewitt had been released from hospital and was said to be recovering well at home, a two-bedroomed flat in a former country house, near Exeter, shared with his mother


  1. ^ a b c d Walden, Celia 31 March 2009 "James Hewitt: the comeback cad" The Daily Telegraph London: Telegraph Media Group Limited Retrieved 3 August 2009 
  2. ^ The Biography Channel article on Hewitt Archived 29 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Walker, Andrew 10 January 2003 "James Hewitt: BBC Profile" BBC News Retrieved 21 June 2011 
  4. ^ "No 47566" The London Gazette Supplement 12 June 1978 p 7138 
  5. ^ "No 48170" The London Gazette Supplement 28 April 1980 p 6335 
  6. ^ "No 48970" The London Gazette Supplement 30 April 1982 p 5962 
  7. ^ "No 49933" The London Gazette Supplement 19 November 1984 p 15653 
  8. ^ "No 50567" The London Gazette Supplement 16 June 1986 p 8047 
  9. ^ a b c d Ipsen, Erik 5 October 1994 "'Kiss and Tell' Officer Draws Heaps of Scorn" The New York Times Retrieved 20 February 2014 
  10. ^ "No 52588" The London Gazette Supplement 28 June 1991 p 14 
  11. ^ "No 53601" The London Gazette Supplement 28 February 1994 p 3172 
  12. ^ Tapper, James 28 May 2006 "Late news: No X Factor for Andrea" Daily Mail Retrieved 16 August 2015 
  13. ^ James Hewitt Who is the well spoken man on the top gear leader board Television United Kingdom: kgbanswerscouk Archived from the original on 9 December 2015 Retrieved 9 December 2015 James Lifford Hewitt is the one listed as the "Well Spoken Man", star in a reasonably priced car The Chevrolet Lacetti, in Top Gear Season 8 Episode 1 
  14. ^ Diss and Tell, People magazine, 17 October 1994
  15. ^ "Archived copy" Archived from the original on 16 January 2013 Retrieved 2012-11-24 
  16. ^ Allen, Nick 25 April 2011 "James Hewitt 'considered suicide after Diana affair ended'" The Telegraph Retrieved 7 May 2012 
  17. ^ Davies, Caroline 10 January 2003 "I want £10m for Diana letters, says Hewitt" The Daily Telegraph Retrieved 22 February 2014 
  18. ^ "Hewitt ready to sell Diana letters" UK: BBC News 9 January 2003 
  19. ^ "Hewitt denies Prince Harry link" BBC News 21 September 2002 
  20. ^ "James Hewitt denies he is Prince Harry's father as he says he feels sorry for the royal having to put up with rumours" The Telegraph Retrieved 2017-03-13 
  21. ^ Moody, Marcia 2013 Harry : a biography ISBN 9781782430377 
  22. ^ Davies, Caroline 23 July 2004 "Hewitt spends night in cells after cocaine arrest with newsreader" The Daily Telegraph London: Telegraph Media Group Limited Retrieved 3 August 2009 
  23. ^ Davies, Caroline 26 November 2004 "'Liar' Hewitt can't have gun licences back, says judge" The Daily Telegraph London: Telegraph Media Group Limited Retrieved 3 August 2009 
  24. ^ Walker, Peter 14 May 2017 "Princess Diana's former lover James Hewitt 'fights for life after heart attack and stroke'" The Telegraph Retrieved 15 May 2017 
  25. ^ Khan, Shehab 14 May 2017 "Princess Diana's former lover 'fighting for his life' following heart attack and stroke" The Independent Independent Print Limited Retrieved 15 May 2017 
  26. ^ "Princess Diana's former lover James Hewitt 'fights for his life after suffering a heart attack and stroke'" Daily Mail London: DMG Media 14 May 2017 Retrieved 14 May 2017 
  27. ^ http://wwwmirrorcouk/news/uk-news/princess-dianas-ex-lover-james-10681830
  28. ^ https://wwwstandardcouk/news/uk/james-hewitt-princess-dianas-former-lover-recovering-after-heart-attack-left-him-fighting-for-life-a3538591html
  29. ^ http://wwwdailymailcouk/news/article-4636870/Princess-Diana-s-former-lover-James-Hewitt-leaves-hospitalhtml

External links

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