PRINCESS Diana’s former lover James Hewitt was left fighting for life after suffering a heart attack and stroke that required emergency surgery.
It’s been revealed that doctors gave the 58-year-old only a small chance of recovery after the major health scare.
“He was all set for a procedure when he had a heart attack,” a relative said.
“He had a pre-existing illness, then got seriously ill. Suddenly it got very critical and he was rushed to hospital. The family were concerned.”
Further complications saw Hewitt rushed into surgery, the paper revealed, and he was kept in intensive care.
He is expected to remain in care at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for some weeks. The relative said he was recovering well.
The former Army officer had a several-year affair with Princess Diana while she was still married to Prince Charles.
They met in London in 1986 when they were both in their mid-20s. The romance began a few years later but they parted ways when Hewitt was deployed to Iraq during the Gulf War in 1991.
Hewitt spoke out in March about persisting rumours that he is the biological father to Prince Harry, Diana and Charles’ younger son.
“No I’m not,” he told Channel Seven’s Sunday Night.
When asked if the three decades of speculation was difficult, Hewitt replied: “It’s worse for him, probably, poor chap.”
Originally published as Princess Di’s ex suffers heart attack