Last week’s shock announcement that Camilla will not join her husband Charles in Australia for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April left millions of Australians shocked – and her secret Aussie son devastated.
Simon Dorante-Day – who claims he has a mountain of credible, solid evidence to back up his belief that he’s Camilla and Charles’ only child – has spent months preparing for legal action that will hopefully prove his case, filing his court documents to coincide with their Australian trip.
But now Camilla has suddenly pulled the pin on the official trip with just weeks to go, Simon understandably can’t help but be gutted – and feel that he is the sole reason the duchess is refusing to step foot on Aussie soil.
‘I’m disappointed, obviously,’ Simon reveals to New Idea in an exclusive interview. 'When I heard she wasn't coming, the first thing that came to my mind was that I was the reason and that she didn't want to confront me in court. I don't believe in coincidences.'
Regardless of Camilla’s shock exit, Simon says it won’t affect his court action – which he describes as his most solid step to date in his fight to learn the truth about his parentage.
‘I can still do it if only Charles is in the country – it makes no difference to me, legally,’ Simon tells New Idea. ‘I would obviously like to have Camilla there as well, but it’s not going to change anything on my end.’
New Idea spoke to Simon just two days before he said he intended to file legal proceedings to force the future King and Queen of England to answer his questions.
‘So when Charles is out for the Commonwealth Games he may have to attend court also,’ says Simon. It’s taken me a while to nut out how to do it, because there are only certain ways that they can be compelled to go into the court. Doing it the way I’m doing it, they’re not only compelled to come in, they’re compelled to give evidence, and if they don’t then the court can proceed without them.
‘And based on the evidence I give, the court can rule on my parentage without them even being in there or taking the test.
‘But I know I have a very good case – I wouldn’t be surprised if I come out of that courtroom with a ruling.’
Father-of-nine Simon, 51, has been fighting for his truth in the face of great adversity – and criticism – for years, with a catalogue of evidence to back up his story (see breakout box, left).
‘I know that my story sounds unbelievable, but everything I say is checkable – if you don’t believe it, check it,’ he says. ‘I’m simply a man looking for my biological parents, and every road has led me back to Camilla and Charles.
‘I’m not in this for money or for a title – I simply want to know who my parents are.’
Now, after years of fighting for the truth, Simon hopes that his latest court action will finally give him the answers he so longs for.
‘But I said to my wife Elvianna the other night – if we file this and then they sort it out, that’s good,’ Simon says. ‘If we file this and they do nothing and we have to go to court, then I’m going for broke.
'There's nothing else I can do, I have nothing to lose.'
Simon's Case: His Evidence
* Simon was born on April 5, 1966, in Gosport, Portsmouth, in the UK.
* At 18 months, he was adopted by Karen and David Day – his adoptive grandparents Winifred and Earnest worked for the Queen and Prince Philip in one of their royal households.
* Simon’s grandmother told him many times that he was Camilla and Charles’ child. ‘She didn’t just hint at it, she told me outright.’
* Simon has learnt that Charles and Camilla first became close in 1965 – and just months later Camilla mysteriously disappeared for at least nine months, while Charles was sent to Australia.
* Furthermore, the hospital where Simon was reportedly born didn’t deliver babies at the time and the names of the parents listed on his birth certificate were fictitious, made-up names.
* Simon has firm recollections of being taken to a house as a little boy, where he would spend time with a woman he believes was Camilla, while protection of officers waited outside.
* Simon believes Camilla kept him until he was 18 months old. But when he was getting too old to conceal, it was arranged that trusted staff member Winifred had her daughter adopt him.
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