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DNA honeytrap plot for Harry.

ST James's Palace last night refused to comment on newspaper reports of a 'bizarre plot' to obtain a sample of Prince Harry's DNA.

A girl would be used to set a 'honey trap' and pluck a strand of hair from his head, according to two newspapers.

The newspapers reported that Prince Charles's private secretary Sir Michael Peat had been tipped off about the elaborate sting and contacted police.

Scotland Yard refused to comment tonight, but police sources said they had received no complaint and no investigation was under way.

Both newspapers said Sir Michael may have believed that the News of the World was involved in the plot. But the newspaper issued an angry denial.

Stuart Kuttner, managing editor, said: 'The allegation that we would attempt to obtain a sample of Prince Harry's hair is utterly preposterous.

'We did not do this, never attempted to do this and it has never crossed our minds to do so.'

He went on: 'If this is the approach Sir Michael Peat is adopting in his investigation into sleaze at the Palace, we can only assume he'll find everyone guilty. 'The whole notion is bonkers. Tom Crone, the legal manager of News International, publishers of the News of the World, formally told him so in the plainest of terms today.'

Major James Hewitt, who had an affair with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, said recently: 'There is no possibility that I am Harry's father.'

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Date:Dec 15, 2002
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