Queen’s Death: Simon Dorante-Day gives new update on DNA paternity case with King Charles III and Camilla

A Queensland man who claims to be the secret son of King Charles III and Camilla has shared the latest twist in his royal paternity case in the wake of the Queen’s death.

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 the bottom of the page).

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The 56-year-old says he’s been inundated with requests from media and royal watchers around the world in the days following the Queen’s passing on September 8, with many keen to know his next steps in the controversial case.

Speaking exclusively to 7NEWS.com.au, Dorante-Day said he’s more committed than ever to taking Charles to court for DNA testing.

And in a bombshell new development, he says he has even discussed the legalities of bringing action against the King of the Commonwealth with senior legal figures.

Simon Dorante-Day has provided an update in his royal paternity case with King Charles III. credit: Supplied

“There has been a discussion in there between a judge and myself and his barrister about the legal standing of Charles, and whether the monarch is protected by the law or is above the law,” he said.

“And the answer to that was no – they told me that we don’t see any reason why he is.

“And secondly, Camilla and her family are certainly not above the law. So that argument has already been had and settled.

“A lot of people were concerned that when Charles rose to be monarch that it would damage my case.

“But it’s not going to make any difference legally, it’s still pressing ahead the same way.

“I’ll be back to the Family Court. In his final ruling last time I was before the courts, the judge told me that if I come back with the evidence all nice and neatly stamped, then there’s no reason to deny an application for a DNA test, and Charles and Camilla will have to answer that.”

He added: “It makes no difference to me whether that mountain in front of me is male or female. It makes no difference to me how high that mountain is.

“I’ve still got to climb it to prove what I know to be true. So from that regard, nothing has changed.”

This comparison of Dorante-Day and The Queen has sparked a big reaction on social media. credit: Facebook

Since the Queen’s death, Dorante-Day said he has been grasping with a range of emotions.

Earlier this year, the father-of-nine revealed that he had penned a private letter to the Queen in the hope that Her Majesty would intervene and encourage Charles to submit to DNA testing.

He said he was disappointed she had passed without ever responding.

“First thought: Just sad. No response to the letter I wrote to her, and that window of opportunity has closed,” he told 7NEWS.com.au.

“But also, her death brought up some different emotions, some anger. Because she’s been across all this and she’s been aware of all this, knows that it’s been going on. And she let that happen.

“However by the same token, now I’m looking to the future and I’m thinking – ‘Because I’m not dealing with her any more, I’m dealing with him.’ So there’s that element of it too.”

Dorante-Day’s wife Elvianna added: “I don’t think the Queen knew what to say to him, knowing what they did. Simon is still going after his father.”

Simon Dorante-Day alongside Camilla. credit: Supplied

Dorante-Day said he’s been grappling with renewed feelings of anger and abandonment in the days following the Queen’s death, angry that Charles has continued to dismiss his claims.

“I’ve been angry to see the way things have progressed since her death, that the system just went into operating mode,” he said.

“And the end of the day, for me – I know it’s true, I know they’re my parents.

“But whether it’s true or not, the complete lack of dealing with it by both the UK government and the monarchy needs addressing.

“And I’m not going to back down.

“They owe me – as a ward of the state, as an adopted child – the truth about what happened and that primarily is the driving factor. That’s always what I wanted.”

He went on to say he felt dismissed when Charles named Prince William as the new Prince of Wales in the days following the Queen’s death.

‘Kick in the face’

“It’s hard not to take Charles naming William as the Prince of Wales as anything other than a kick in the face,” he said.

“I don’t want to feel that way, but I do. I just think, the least Charles can do is give me an answer – acknowledge me.

“He gives William a title like that, well where’s my answer? Where’s my DNA test? If you are not my father, then prove you are not.

“I feel dismissed. Charles got what he wanted: he got the throne, he got his wife, he got it all. I don’t even get the truth about my mother. When is it going to swing the other way?

“Now it’s time for me to get my happy ending.

“I’ve said it before, it’s OK for William and Harry – yes, they lost their mother. But I never even knew mine. I never had that opportunity. And this just seems to rob it further.

A comparison showing Dorante-Day and Prince William. credit: Supplied

“All those feelings of abandonment and sadness have come to the surface through the Queen dying, seeing Charles’ reaction.”

Dorante-Day said many wrongly assume that his royal paternity claims are based on him wanting fame and fortune.

“Sure there’s an element of me that goes ‘Yeah, I’d love to be the Prince of Wales – but there’s an element of me that doesn’t too,'” he said.

“And whenever I say that, people take it the wrong way and say, ‘Oh he’s after the money.’

“But I can see Harry’s argument. It’s not the not getting it, it’s the being ignored. And the feeling of no worth. And that’s the reason he’s rebelling the way he is.

“He’s trying to show everybody what he’s got.” Because he doesn’t feel he has any worth. That’s just my feeling.”

A photo of a younger Dorante-Day, left, compared to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at a similar age. credit: Supplied

Dorante-Day says he is frustrated Charles has never responded to his repeated requests for DNA testing.

“If it was really not true, if he really is not my father – it’s gone well past the point of Charles being able to respond amicably and clear up the issue,” he told 7NEWS.com.au.

“Him not responding just makes me and many others suspicious – what does he have to hide?

“I had hoped something would happen, and I’m very disappointed that nothing did. Particularly given the effort and level I’ve gone to.

“It’s sad. But it’s also like going through another chapter of your life. Like I’m mourning the end of this chapter with the Queen, that’s the process I’m going through.

“The optimism I had with getting something back and a response in writing is gone, because nothing came.

“And there’s two sides to that coin. Is it the government not allowing the family to be together?

“Or is it him – Charles – and what does he want? And I’m tending to think that at the moment, but you always do that and think the worst when you’re sad.”

A photo comparison shows Dorante-Day’s daughter on the left and Princess Charlotte on the right. credit: Supplied

Dorante-Day said he first heard of the Queen’s passing when his youngest daughter, Meriam, woke him and his wife with the news.

He said his children – who range in age from 13 to 33 – have had mixed reactions to her death.

“It depends on their understanding of the whole situation,” he explained.

“Like the older ones are saying, ‘Because she’s never done anything for us, she never responded to your letter.’

“The younger ones are more, because that’s potentially our great grandmother and we never got to meet her.

“There’s a split. Some of them want to know, others don’t.”

Photo similarities

Photo comparisons between the royals – in particular, the Queen – and Dorante-Day and his children have created headlines around the world, with some royal watchers “blown away” by the similarities.

“The Queen may have died, but I only have to look around my house to see her face every day,” he said.

“The similarities between several of my children and Her Majesty have always floored me, and many others.

“People think that’s where my claims come from – not true.

“Long before my children were born, I was told that Camilla and Charles were my parents. My research and the evidence I’ve built up have only reinforced that.

“The photo comparisons are just another layer to it all.”

A photo comparison of Dorante-Day’s son Liam and Queen Elizabeth II. credit: 265779852006101/Supplied

Dorante-Day said he will not be watching the Queen’s televised funeral on September 19 and will be dealing with her passing in their own way, but will remember her life fondly.

“And as an English person, I grew up with the Queen. I knew nothing but the Queen,” he said.

“The two permanents in my life for the past 56 years have been the band Status Quo and Her Majesty. We’ve lost two members of Status Quo and she’s gone too.

“So to me, the things that have always been there, when I’m changing countries, I’m changing jobs, I get married – the one constant has been that.

“And I think a lot of people are suffering. We all thought she was indestructible, she’d never go.”

Dorante-Day said he’s not going to let her death stop him moving forward with his case.

“I’ve been inundated with messages from people who just feel sorry for us, that the royal family are moving on and not addressing it and that it’s business as usual,” he said.

“I’m not backing down. I have no choice really, whether I’m fighting the Queen or Charles it makes no difference.

“I’m still fighting for the truth.”

A photo of a younger Dorante-Day (centre) alongside Charles and Camilla at a similar age. credit: Facebook

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The case

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 – did not 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 claims Camilla kept him until he was eight months old, using the royals and protection officers to help conceal him. He goes on to allege that when he was getting too old, it was arranged that one of the Queen’s former house staff – Dorante-Day’s adoptive grandmother – would have her daughter adopt him.
  • Dorante-Day said he has memories 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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