James Hewitt is a British former cavalry officer in the British Army who came to public attention in the mid-1990s after his affair with Princess Diana was disclosed to the public. Diana even had confessed in a BBC Panorama program back in 1995 that she’d had an affair with Hewitt.
For past years, Hewitt has been forced to deny numerous times over the years that he is the actual biological father of Prince Harry. Hewitt even had tried to sell his 64 personal letters from Diana for £10 million in 2003.
After serving 17 years in the military, Hewitt retired from the British Army in 1994. He also had served as a Challenger tank commander in the Gulf War. Later, in 2006 he made his television debut appearance as a contestant in “The X Factor: Battle of the Stars”.
Also back in 2017, Hewitt suffered from both a heart attack and stroke being in a situation of life and death.
What is James Hewitt Famous for?
- Famous as a retired British army.
- Known for his affair with Princess Diana.
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Where was James Hewitt Born?
James Hewitt was born on April 30, 1958, in Derry, Northern Ireland. His birth name is James Lifford Hewitt. His nationality is British. Hewitt belongs to White ethnicity while Taurus is his zodiac sign.
James Hewitt was born as the son to his parents; John Hewitt(father) and Shirley Hewitt(mother). His father, John was a British modern pentathlete who even had competed at the 1952 Summer Olympics and was stationed with the Royal Marines while his mother, Shirley, was the daughter of a London dental surgeon.
Hewitt grew up in his hometown where he attended Millfield, an independent school for pupils aged 13–18 years based in Street, Somerset, England. Soon after his graduation, he joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
James Hewitt’s Career Highlights
- James Hewitt began his career as a military server initially when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Life Guards, British Army, on April 8, 1978.
- Two years later, on April 8, 1980, he was promoted to the post of lieutenant.
- On October 1, 1981, he was transferred from a short service commission to a special regular commission.
- Three years later, on October 8, 1984, he was promoted to captain.
- On October 21, 1985, he transferred from a special regular commission to a regular commission.
- In 1991, he also had served as a Challenger tank commander in the Gulf War.
- After serving for almost 17 years in the military, he retired from the British Army on March 1, 1994.
- The same year, Hewitt opened a golf driving range.
- Hewitt made his television debut as one of the contestants in “The X Factor: Battle of the Stars” in 2006.
- He also appeared in the first episode of the UK Top Gear in Series 8 in May 2006.
- Hewitt opened a bar called the Polo House in the fashionable Golden Mile of Marbella, Spain in 2009 which ran for 4 years till 2013.
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James Hewitt’s Affair with Princess Diana
James Hewitt caught up the media attention after his relationship with Princess Diana was made public in 1995. The rumors emerged that they have been together for 5 years after Diana herself confessed in a BBC Panorama program back in 1995 that she’d had an affair with Hewitt.
The affair happened at the time Diana was still married to Prince Charles who was widely reported to have been cheating on Diana with his current wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Hewitt’s affair with the princess began while he was still in the Household Cavalry and had been asked to give her riding lessons. Their first meet was at a cocktail party in London in 1986 when she was 25, and he was 28. Their affair became a national headline as it got aired on newspaper; first hinted at in Nigel Dempster’s Daily Mail Diary and then with a full story in the News of the World.
The couple was forced apart when Hewitt was deployed to serve in the Gulf War, before splitting permanently when their infidelity was exposed in the media. A book titled “Princess In Love” released in 1994 read that Diana and James had been dating from 1986 till 1991.
Just a year later after their separation, in 1992, Diana and Prince Charles separated and got divorced four years later. However, some persistent suggestions have been made in the media that Hewitt is actually the biological father of Diana’s second son, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex(born 1984). It is completely denied by Hewit as he claimed that Harry had already been born by the time of the affair.
After almost 11 years, Hewitt tried to sell his 64 personal letters from Diana for £10 million in 2003. His act was considered to be a betrayal of trust.
Recently, in November 2020, Hewitt was seen out and about running errands in Exeter almost 25 years after Princess Diana’s bombshell Panorama interview. His appearance comes amid the growing storm surrounding the notorious BBC interview between the late Princess and journalist Martin Bashir.
James Hewitt’s Net Worth
James Hewitt has quite good earnings from his profession as a military army. Serving in the Britsh military force for almost 17 years, Hewitt has undoubtedly managed to amass a healthy fortune estimated to be around $15 million as of 2020.
James Hewitt’s Height
James Hewitt is a good-looking White man with a well maintained athletic body physique even in his 60s. He has a fair complexion with dark brown hair and a pair of brown eyes. He stands tall with a height of 6ft.(1.83m) while his body weighs around 85kg.
Back in 2004, Hewitt was arrested outside a restaurant in Fulham with Alison Bell, for the possession of cocaine. Hewitt even had suffered from both a heart attack and stroke, leaving him fighting for his life in the hospital back in May 2017, fortunately, a month later he was discharged from the hospital.