An Australian man is claiming to be the secret son of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. He has currently amassed 13,000 followers on his Facebook account since taking his claims global...
Simon Dorante-Day claims to be the 'secret' son of Prince Charles and Camilla.
The grandfather has attracted global headlines since going public with his claims after 'years of research'.
Here's the full story...
Now, rumors surrounding the true extent of Charles and Camilla's relationship have been rife for decades.
The couple first met in 1970 at a polo match at Windsor Castle and quickly hit it off.
They dated for around a year, however, after Charles left to go overseas with the Royal Navy, Camilla reconnected with her former partner, Andrew Parker Bowles, and they got engaged.
Camilla went on to marry Parker Bowles in 1973...
And Charles married Lady Diana Spencer 7 years on in 1980.
However, despite their separation, Charles and Camilla remained firm friends.
In 1995, just before their divorce, Princess Diana gave that BBC Panorama interview where she revealed she had known about her husband's affair with Camilla.
"Well, there were 3 of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded," Princess Diana famously said of Camilla's role in their lives.
So people were hardly surprised when, a year on from Diana's tragic death, Charles began the process of legitimizing his and Camilla's relationship.
In 1998, Charles confirmed a report in a British tabloid that Camilla had met Prince William, with the papers speculating that she would soon be meeting Prince Harry, too.
And the rest is history.
Despite a frosty start with the Queen, who allegedly disapproved of a divorcee entering the family, Camilla became a solid part of the monarchy and married Charles in a civil ceremony in 2005, thirty-five years after their friendship initially blossomed.
Since then, Charles and Camilla have enjoyed a happy and drama-free marriage in the public eye.
However, in April a royal spanner was thrown into the works.
As stated earlier, an Australian man has come forward claiming to be the secret love child of Charles and Camilla.
Fifty-five-year-old Simon Charles Dorante-Day is convinced that the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are his biological parents and has given various interviews to provide "proof" that he is at the center of a far-fetched cover-up.
Of course, people don't quite know what to make of his wild claims...
If he’s Charles and Camilla’s son then I’m the popes secret love child with Lady bloody Gaga #thismorning— Dave (@Dave)1619692278.0
Just caught some interview kicking off on #ThisMorning about an Australian guy claiming to be Charles and Camilla’s… https://t.co/uyOR3xlCUO— Hannah (@Hannah)1619693131.0
If this guy is Charles and Camilla's secret son, then I'm Barack and Michelle's secret daughter! 🙄 #ThisMorning— J🇬🇧🇳🇬🦁❤ (@J🇬🇧🇳🇬🦁❤)1619692215.0
“I’m Prince Charles and Camilla’s secret son” Why is this nonsense even a segment🤦🏾♀️ #ThisMorning— Katrina (@Katrina)1619692691.0
Things are getting seriously heated just over a man who makes a " claim" that he's Charles and Camilla 's son yet h… https://t.co/E4TDp0MWLD— Ryan Glendenning (@Ryan Glendenning)1619692922.0
There will be an awkward conversation at Buckingham Palace if this man DOES turn out to be Charles and Camilla’s son... 🙄🙄#ThisMorning— Jan Gullu (@Jan Gullu)1619693500.0
@brianspurs2019 I just watched the crazy bloke who thought he was Charles and Camilla's son He looked older than Charles. 😅😅😅— Andi5008 (@Andi5008)1619698056.0
Simon claims he was conceived in 1965 when Charles was just seventeen and Camilla was eighteen.
Despite this being 5 years before the royal couple is understood to have met, Simon, who is a father-of-9, claims Camilla fell pregnant and kept it a secret.
"My grandmother, who had worked for the Queen, told me outright that I was Camilla and Charles' son many times," he had originally told 7 News.
"We owe it to our children for them to have answers... At the end of the day, I'm just a man who's looking for his biological parents - and every road takes me to Charles and Camilla."
He even claimed to have met Camilla several times as a child.
As a young boy growing up in Hampshire, Simon says he was taken to a number of impressive homes to meet his biological mother.
"I remember going to this house on top of the hill, and I was taken to the front door and my adoptive mother knocked on the front door – she never went in, I just went in."
But, speaking on the British morning show, This Morning, he recalled his adopted mom and grandmother saying that the "visitations needed to stop."
"I was walking to my nan's [house] when I was about 5 or 6 and I heard nan say to mom, 'Well, the visitations have got to stop, he's going to remember them.' I walked in the door and said, 'Remember what?' and of course I copped a mouthful for talking out of turn."
And as for any evidence to back up his claims?
Well, he insists that he underwent a procedure when he was 8 years old to change his eye color from blue to brown in an attempt to make him look less regal.
"I don't think that they had any choice but to do that," he said. "But it was because of the gossip in Portsmouth around the time. In those times, blue and blue made blue. There was never any inquisition about that."
"My oncologist will tell you that one of my lenses is perfectly round and one of them is oval-shaped like a football - a rugby football. This is why I have a vision problem."
Of course, the legitimacy of this "proof" is questionable, with Phillip pointing out that Holly's blue eyes don't make her related to the Queen.
He even alleged that Princess Diana had some knowledge of his existence.
"I've always been very open to doing interviews and sharing my story because, at the end of the day, I want Charles and Camilla to submit to a DNA test and I believe that making my plight public will help me achieve that," he told 7NEWS.com.au.
Speaking again to 7NEWS, Simon said it is possible that the late princess may have stumbled across evidence that Charles and Camilla had a secret son after the breakdown of her marriage.
"We believe that Diana knew of my existence, that she had put together the pieces," he said. "Diana was at a point where she was finding out answers about her life, how she was wronged – and she was going public with it."
He claimed that one of "Diana's fears was a secret child."
"There were all sorts of rumours flying around, and my existence would've been one of them."
He even approached London's Metropolitan Police in relation to Diana's death.
"I sent a letter to the Metropolitan Police [in 2004] saying I believed I was Charles and Camilla's son and whether it would have any ramifications in the case about Diana's death... I was making submissions to the Paget Enquiry and as a result, Charles got questioned a second time during the enquiry, and it was after my letter was sent, and I believe this is why."
Simon has recently been causing a stir on social media, with supporters posting photos of him next to the royal couple.
"And I understand that it's easy to hear my story and think that I'm crazy and making it all up. But I say today what I've said all along - everything I'm claiming is checkable. Everything I'm claiming has been found through public records and reputable sources,"
"There are so many people invested in my story now and helping me, it's really amazing."
"I am a sane and intelligent man, a father and grandfather. I volunteer for the community and worked for many years as an engineer. I know my story is unbelievable, but if you don't believe it - just check it."
"It would be nice to just wake up and know who my parents are, for the world to know who my parents are."
Many Facebook users have said that the similarities are "uncanny", with one describing Simon as "Camilla's double". Dorante-Day says he is often stopped by people who say he looks familiar, but can't put their finger on it.
Simon Charles Dorante-Day was born on April 5, 1966, in Gosport, Portsmouth, in the UK.
He was adopted by a local couple named Karen and David Day at eight months old. Dorante-Day's grandmother told him many times that he was Camilla and Charles' child. "She didn't just hint at it, she told me outright," he said.
One supporter even said he resembled the Queen herself.
"You have the Queen's eyes. Out of all the pictures and comparisons, you should use this one when anyone ever doubts you," they said.
However, it was a comparison between Queen Elizabeth II and Simon's son Lachlan which had people talking...
"If Queen Elizabeth had short hair it would be hard to say who is who," commented one.
"I must say the resemblance to Queen Elizabeth is undeniable."
Wrote a third: "I took a double-take, no pun intended. He looks like the Queen or Prince Charles or Princess Margaret."
Dorante-Day said a new photo comparison of his youngest child, Meriam, and Prince Charlotte has created a huge amount of interest in his claim.
"I've never seen a reaction like it on Facebook," he said. "I simply posted a photo of Meriam to celebrate her birthday, and hundreds of people responded saying they couldn't believe the similarity to Princess Charlotte."
There is much criticism towards Simon however...
"They believe that this is the crux of my whole argument and think I don't have any other research to back up my claims," he said. "But they couldn't be further from the facts. Ever since my grandmother told me that Charles and Camilla were my parents, I've gone on a very careful path to discover the truth.
"I never just said, 'Oh she said it so it must be true.' Absolutely not. I went and did my own investigation, spoke to historians, and went through records. And every road leads me back to Charles and Camilla."
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