The Australian man who claims to be the son of King Charles III and Camilla has spoken candidly about his plans to meet Harry, the Duke of Sussex.
Simon Dorante-Day has made headlines around the world with his claims, which he says are the result of decades of research (see box at the bottom of the page).
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Now he is speaking out about his desire to build a relationship with Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who Dorante-Day says is “treated very badly” by the royal family.
“I think Harry and I have a lot in common, a lot,” he told 7NEWS.com.au.
“Of all the royals, Harry and I would be the most in touch and I would really appreciate the opportunity to meet him.
“Of course nothing public or high profile, and not just him and me too. I believe my wife, Elvianna and Meghan would have a lot in common too.
“The chance for all of us to talk one-on-one would be very … enlightening.”
The father of nine from Queensland says the fact that he and Harry are both going through tough times with the royal family has “a lot to tell them”.
“We’re both the black sheep of the royal family, I’d say we have that bond,” Dorante-Day said.
“And I believe Harry would be receptive to my plight. He has been cheated by his father, he has a bone to pick with Charles. Like me.”
Dorante-Day said the treatment of Harry and Meghan by some members of the public and palace officials had left him “appalling”.
“The first thing I would do when I met them is give them a big hug — I think they need one, to be honest,” he told 7NEWS.com.au.
“A lot of the criticism they face is downright unfair. I got so mad when Harry was told he couldn’t wear a military uniform to his grandmother’s funeral.
“That would annoy me, would annoy everyone. Harry can’t wear a uniform even though he’s fought on the front lines – but William can wear his and he didn’t go into battle. The dishonesty really gets to me.
“It is disgusting to see the treatment of him, just my general opinion with complete neutrality. William and Kate can’t do anything wrong, but Harry and Meghan apparently do everything wrong. They can’t buy a break.”
Dorante-Day said he is also frustrated when people discuss Harry’s body language at public events.
“Unfortunately, it is pathetic. Makes me angry from a general perspective – let alone that he could be my half brother,” he said.
“When people say he looked very nervous and jumpy, I understand where Harry is coming from. I can tell he’s worried about someone attacking Meghan and saying something that will force her to respond.
“My wife is the same, so I can understand. My advice to Harry is to let her go, let Meghan say what she wants to say.
“People have been racist and insensitive to Meghan, she should give it back to critics without people looking down on her.
“He has a black wife. They say there is no race problem, but there is. People are so ignorant.”
Dorante-Day’s comments about forging a friendship with Harry and Meghan come just hours after the world bids farewell to Queen Elizabeth II.
The 56-year-old said he and his wife did not see the ceremony, but admits he saw some significant moments on social media.
“I’ve seen bits in the feed – but honestly I just went to bed,” he said.
“Since she died, we’ve really been on a rollercoaster of emotions. One minute we’re laughing, then we’re angry, then we’re emotional.
“The most touching thing about the funeral was waking me up to a message from a school friend I knew in England.
“He texted and said he watched the funeral today, and ‘I can only imagine how you feel.’ That was really moving.”
Dorante-Day said he is still coming to terms with the Queen’s passing.
“If they had told us to come for the funeral, we would have said no, because it’s her day,” he said.
“It makes me sad that she’s gone. The whole weekend was just a tidal wave. So tired, too emotional, too painful on too many levels.
“On the one hand you want to be there in England, but on the other you don’t.
“I really wonder what Harry is going through and how the funeral will affect him.
“It takes a lot for you when your relationship with your family is at a low ebb, to go through something like this.
“My heart goes out to him.”
Simon Dorante-Day has provided these claims to support his belief that he is Charles and Camilla’s son.
- Dorante-Day was born on April 5, 1966 in Gosport, Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
- When he was eight months old, he was adopted by a local couple named Karen and David Day. His adoptive grandparents, Winifred and Ernest Bowlden, had both worked for the Queen and Prince Philip in one of their royal households. Ernest Bowlden also received an Imperial Service Award.
- Dorante-Day’s grandmother often told him that he was Camilla and Charles’ child. “She didn’t just hint at it, she told me outright,” he said.
- Dorante-Day’s research has shown him that Charles and Camilla first became close in 1965. He claims that Camilla disappeared from the British social scene for at least nine months months later, leading up to his birth, while Charles to Australia.
- One historian has claimed that the hospital where Dorante-Day was born – as stated on his birth certificate – did not give birth to a single baby in the decade he was born. It is further believed that the names the parents listed on his birth certificate were “fictitious”.
- Dorante-Day claims that Camilla held him until he was eight months old, using the royals and protection officers to help hide him. He goes on to claim that when he got too old, it was arranged that one of the Queen’s former domestic workers – Dorante-Day’s adoptive grandmother – would let her daughter adopt him.
- Dorante-Day said he has memories of being taken to homes around Portsmouth as a young boy. There he spent time with the woman he believes was Camilla, while security guards and his adoptive parents waited outside.
- Dorante-Day said his first and middle names – Simon Charles – were given to him by his biological parents. “My adoptive mother told me that it was a condition of the adoption that my name – Simon Charles – remains the same and my middle name remains the same,” he said. “Charles and Camilla had a good friend called Simon at the time.”