James Hewitt, Princess Diana’s former lover, has reportedly been fighting for his life in hospital after suffering a stroke and heart attack.
The 58-year-old was said to have been placed in intensive care after an emergency operation relating to a pre-existing illness.
The Sunday Mirror reported that his family are hopeful he will pull through. He is now said to be recovering and has been moved to a different hospital.
A relative said the family were “concerned” after the former British Army officer suffered the cardiac arrest just before going in for a medical procedure.
Mr Hewitt was reportedly in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth before being transferred to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
“He had a pre-existing illness, then got seriously ill. Suddenly it got very critical and he was rushed to hospital,” a source told the Sunday Mirror.
“It was pretty serious, but hopefully we’re all OK now. He is recovering and has been moved to Exeter.”
Mr Hewitt, a household calvary officer who was born in Northern Ireland but spent most of his life in the West Country, had an affair with Diana in the 1980s while she was still married to Prince Charles.