An Australian man who believes he is the secret son of King Charles III and Camilla has shared details of a wild plot to extract his DNA by a woman claiming to be Prince Philip’s illegitimate daughter.
Simon Dorante-Day has attracted headlines around the world with his claims, which he says are the result of decades of research (see box at bottom of page).
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“My grandmother, who had worked for the Queen, told me outright that I was Camilla and Charles’ son many times,” he said.
Now in an exclusive interview with 7NEWS.com.au, Dorante-Day has told how he and his wife, Elvianna, were approached by a woman with an American accent at their Queensland home in the early hours of December 2.
The 57-year-old said they were woken by the sound of a knock at the door and opened the door to find the older woman and a man who claimed to be a private investigator, standing there.
Australian man Simon Dorante-Day has spoken exclusively to 7NEWS.com.au about a wild plot to get his DNA. Credit: Supplied
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“This woman claimed that she was the secret illegitimate daughter of Prince Philip who lived in San Francisco,” Dorante-Day said.
“She explained that she had travelled from the US after hiring an investigator to track me down in Queensland. The whole purpose of her visit was to ask me for a sample of my DNA.
“She wanted to compare it to hers, to basically prove that we were both related to the royal family.”
After reviewing the woman’s evidence and hearing her elaborate story, Dorante-Day said he was convinced it was a scam — as well as an “illegal” attempt to get his DNA.
“This woman had a lot of so-called proof to back up her claims, but the whole thing just seemed really fishy,” he said.
“She said that she always knew she was adopted, but that her adoptive parents were against her tracking down her biological mother and father. It was only when they died that she was able to finally investigate.
A younger Dorante-Day alongside Camilla. Credit: Supplied
“She said that she obtained her birth certificate and adoption papers and found that they were both doctored — the hospital that was listed didn’t exist, other details were fabricated. These are points that mirror my own experiences, so I was interested.
“So she said she turned to the FBI for help in tracking down her real birth certificate and they eventually handed her papers which showed she was the daughter of Prince Philip.
“She said they then suggested that she track me down in Australia, that they’d seen my story on YouTube and that she could maybe help my case.
“Of course my bulls*** meter is flying off the handle at this point. I know how hard it is to get any government authority to address these sorts of issues — I hardly think the Federal Bereau of Investigation would just offer up the fact that she was the daughter of the Queen’s late husband.
“It was all just wild.”
This photo comparison of Camilla, her son Tom and Dorante-Day has caught the attention of royal watchers. Credit: Supplied
Dorante-Day said the woman showed him a birth certificate and adoption papers to support what she was saying, but he was still dubious.
“They could’ve easily been doctored, 100 per cent,” he said. “And she wouldn’t leave copies with me to look into and investigate, which made me even more suspicious.”
The Queensland father and grandfather said it wasn’t long until the woman gave away her real reason for wanting his DNA: money.
“She said that she’s already been given a large payout from the royal family after she proved she was the daughter of Prince Philip,” he said. “Claimed she’d flown to Australia first class and had lots of money.
“And she felt that if she was able to compare my DNA to her DNA, and prove we were both descendants of the royal family, then we could ask them for even more money.
“Elvianna and I told her what we’ve said to everyone from day one — this isn’t about money for us, at all. This is about us finding out who my birth parents are and protecting my family. We have never wanted money.”
After saying goodbye to the pair, Dorante-Day said he and his wife were left reeling.
“At the end of the day, this was an illegal attempt to procure my DNA,” he said. “We don’t know if this person, these people, were scammers or if they were maybe investigators.
A photo comparison of a younger Dorante-Day alongside the Queen at a similar age. Credit: Facebook
“Also I have made a lot of enemies with my claims, it could very well have been someone who had an ulterior motive.
“But my stance hasn’t changed. I’m very, very, very keen to have my DNA tested against Charles and Camilla. I know they’re my parents, and I want it to be proved.
“However I am only going to do this through legal means, through the courts.”
Dorante-Day he was left so rattled by the experience that he even reached out to Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for assistance.
“These people were able to easily track down where I lived, so of course I felt that my family and I were under threat,” he said.
“I wrote to Premier Palaszczuk on Sunday asking for her help in the matter. I haven’t heard from them since, and in fact the ‘private investigator’ put the phone down on me when I tried to call.”
Royal watchers have noted that Dorante-Day’s son shares many similarities to a younger King Charles. Credit: Supplied
In a heartfelt Facebook post on his public page, Dorante-Day explained that he takes the matter of supplying his DNA very seriously.
“I have been made aware of two attempts to illegitimately obtain my DNA over the past week. Both of these incidents have been reported to the appropriate authorities for further investigation and action,” he wrote.
“So, for those who think that approaching me, or trying to obtain DNA in a deceptive manner would be a good idea, be aware that you are endangering your own well-being.
“For the record, and as I’ve previously stated, I was advised by an Australian Federal Family Court Judge NOT to share my DNA with anyone. His words were ‘If you believe that strongly that you have their DNA then you have a responsibility to treat it responsibly’.
“Unless you are prepared to go to court or enter into a legally binding and lawful agreement then do NOT approach me other than by legal means. There is a legal process involved and I will act against those who seek to undermine this process, breach my privacy, or endanger the well-being of myself and my family.”
Many of Dorante-Day’s supporters have noted how his daughter shares similarities with Princess Charlotte. Credit: Supplied
Dorante-Day said he was still working on taking his case back before the courts, with the ultimate aim of compelling a paternity test from Charles and Camilla.
“It takes a lot of work, money and time to build a case like this, but I am confident I will get there,” he said.
“I know Charles and Camilla are my parents and I’m ready to prove it.”
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, in the UK.At the age of eight months, 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 told him many times 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 months later, in the lead-up to when he was born, Camilla disappeared from Britain’s social scene for at least nine months, while Charles was sent to Australia.A historian has claimed the hospital where Dorante-Day was born – as listed on his birth certificate – didn’t deliver a single baby during the decade he was born. It’s further believed that the names the parents listed on his birth certificate were “fictitious”.Dorante-Day said he has recollections of being taken to houses around Portsmouth as a little boy. There he would spend time with the woman he believes was Camilla, while protection officers and his adoptive parents waited outside.Dorante-Day said his first and middle name – 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 – stay the same, my middle name stay the same,” he said. “Charles and Camilla had a close friend called Simon at the time.”Simon Dorante-Day with his wife, Dr Elvianna Dorante-Day. Credit: Supplied
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