When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk down the aisle this Saturday in front of billions of fans worldwide, there’s one Australian who won’t be watching the historic royal wedding on TV – Simon Dorante-Day.
Queenslander Simon has long fought to prove that he’s Prince Charles and Camilla’s secret son, with a mountain of convincing facts to back up his claims. But when it comes to watching Harry and Meghan’s wedding, Simon – who has nine children with wife Elvianna – says it’s simply too painful to watch the wedding with his own eyes, knowing that he and his family should be with his royal parents and half-siblings in London on this very special day.
Now as his fight for answers reaches unprecedented levels, Simon has written an open letter to Prince Harry ahead of the wedding, opening his heart about the close pull he feels to the man he believes is his half-brother...
Dear Prince Harry,
It’s strange to be writing a letter to a man I’ve never met, especially when I believe that man is my brother. I, as I’m sure you’ve been told, have been fighting for 20 years to prove that I am the son of Prince Charles, your father, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwell.
But now as you prepare to walk down the aisle with your bride-to-be, I find myself sad and, to be honest, a little angry that I won’t be there in person to share in your day. If I had not been hidden away by Charles and Camilla, would we be close today? Would I be your best man instead of Prince William?
Would my wife Elvianna be close to your fiancee, Meghan? Would my children be part of your wedding party?
These are questions I will never know, but my fight for answers isn’t over, and I hope that we will all be in your life one day.
For now, it will simply be too painful for Elvie and I to watch your wedding from our lounge room in Queensland – it just hurts too much. Recently I was asked which member of the royal family I think I’d be closest to and I immediately said you – the answer flew out of my mouth. I think I would definitely get along with you if we met.
Growing up as a teenager, I was exactly like you – I was rebellious, I was wild, I loved partying. And then there is the fact that we both grew up without our mothers, under different circumstances of course.
If I was to sit down with you before your big day, I would of course wish you all the best. The big brother in me worries that everything seems a bit rushed, but you and Meghan certainly seem in love. I hope that you’re surrounded by positivity in the lead-up to your big day. I’ve seen that you and Meghan have copped a lot of negativity and that’s upsetting to me and Elvianna.
You’ve had enough pain in your life, you don’t deserve more.
My wife Elvianna is an Indigenous Australian and as a mixed race couple, we wish you well. We know how hard it is. When I met Elvianna it wasn’t acceptable for a white man to be with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander woman. I’ve encountered a lot of hate and been called hateful names for being with an Indigenous Australian woman, and I can only imagine what you have copped for being with someone of mixed race.
One day we hope to sit down with you and Meghan. Until then, I wish you all the best, and I hope you’re as happy as Elvianna and I.
Simon, Elvianna, the children, our sons-inlaw and grandchildren.
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