A tabloid cover story claiming Prince Charles isn’t Prince Harry‘s “real dad” is not true. Gossip Cop can debunk this outrageous report. There is no legitimate question about the royal heir’s paternity.
But in a purported “world exclusive,” the National Enquirer claims that it has uncovered a “shocking new royal paternity scandal” that has been a “33-year royal secret.” A so-called “palace source” is quoted as ridiculously asserting, “The royals have done everything they can to make the world believe Prince Charles is Harry’s dad, even though they look nothing alike. The truth is that Charles is not Harry’s real father.”
Rather, the supermarket tabloid alleges his “biological dad is a Welsh guards officer named Mark Dyer,” who is said to be a “startling mirror image of Harry.” Another supposed “source” contends the “secret’s out” now that Dyer has been invited to Prince Harry’s upcoming wedding to Meghan Markle. “Mark is Harry’s real dad,” maintains this outlet’s purported tipster.
The gossip magazine goes on to describe how Dyer “officially” entered Prince Harry’s life in 1995, when he was hired to work for Prince Charles. It is true Dyer and Prince Charles’ younger son developed a close relationship over the years, with Prince Harry even participating in Dyer’s own wedding in 2010. But a “father figure” type friendship between the two men in no way proves that they are actually father and son.
It is also not sufficient to merely point out that Prince Harry and Dyer are both “redheaded,” as the article notes. By that logic, he could also be related to every ginger-haired person, from David Caruso to Ed Sheeran. As for the argument that Prince Harry doesn’t look like his dad, he actually bears a striking resemblance to his grandfather, Prince Philip. Queen Elizabeth’s husband even sported a red beard of his own back in the 1950s. Of course, he and his grandson wouldn’t have such facial similarities if Prince Charles, as Prince Harry’s father, wasn’t the link between them.
Furthermore, Dyer’s invitation to Prince Harry’s wedding also does not prove he “secretly fathered” the groom-to-be, as alleged. Dyer was also invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011. He mentored both heirs over the years, a dynamic that had nothing to do with any biological relation. In addition, the palace maintains there is absolutely no merit to this article, which essentially amounts to a conspiracy theory.
This is now the second week in a row the National Enquirer has published a preposterous cover story about the royals. Last week’s misguided edition focused on a totally fabricated narrative that wrongly claimed Markle had a “hook-up” with Matt Lauer. In both cases, the tabloid has opted for sensational and salacious falsehoods instead of the accepted truth.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.