“Right now it’s hard because every time I look at one of them, I see them. That adds to the grief,” said Simon Charles Dorante-Day
LONDON, ENGLAND: A man who described himself as the “love child” of King Charles and Camilla claimed he can’t look at his own children because they remind him of Queen Elizabeth II. Simon Charles Dorante-Day has even requested a DNA test to back up his ridiculous claim that he is the royal couple’s son, born before their marriage. His extraordinary claims have kept him in the news for years, and now that Her Majesty has passed away he is eager to continue establishing his ancestry.
Simon was reportedly born on April 5, 1966 in Portsmouth, UK and was adopted at the age of eight months by a family who later settled in Australia. His adoptive grandparents are said to have worked for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in one of their royal households and he claims his adoptive grandmother repeatedly told him he was the son of Charles and Camilla.
In an interview with 7NEWS, Dorante-Day spoke about his friendship with the royal family and his feelings after the Queen’s death. He mentioned that some of his nine children, whom he refers to as “Lilibet,” look so much like his “grandmother” that he has trouble looking at them. He explained: “Right now it’s hard because every time I look at one of them, I see them. So that continues the grief. A lot of my friends are mourning the Queen’s death too, and they’re quite sad.” He added, “Seeing her brings it back. It’s right in your face, it’s not something you can ignore.”
Dorante-Day, who is 56, believes Charles and Camilla had it when the monarch was just 17 before passing it on to people who worked for them at the time. Some have questioned whether Charles’ accession to the throne has dashed his hopes of a claim, but he claims he has not been discouraged. He explained: “There was a discussion there between a judge and myself and his attorney about the legal status of Charles and whether the monarch is protected by the law or above the law. And the answer to that was no – she told me we don’t see any reason why he is.” He continued, “And secondly, Camilla and her family are certainly not above the law. So this dispute has already been fought and settled. A lot of people were worried that if Charles became monarch it would hurt my case. But it’s not going to make any difference legally, it’s still going forward the same way.”
According to Simon, his research suggests that Charles and Camilla first became close in 1965, after meeting at Winston Churchill’s funeral in January of that year. He claims he was told it was a condition of the adoption that his names, Simon and Charles, would not be changed. The self-proclaimed prince has reportedly spent the last few years trying to get the courts to commit to paternity and maternity testing for royals, but to no avail. Meanwhile, he has gained popularity on social media by posting images comparing photos of himself and his children to members of the royal family.