Prince Charles and Camilla’s ‘secret son’ claims ‘powerful forces’ changed eye colour

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Camilla and Charles

An Australian man who claims he is the secret son of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles says that “powerful” forces have changed his eye colour and replaced his teeth. Simon Charles Dorante-Day has long-argued that the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall put him up for adoption to avoid a potential scandal. Now, he says his appearance was surgically altered to reduce his resemblance to his secret parents who were mere “bystanders” during the process.

Could low water levels solve Loch Ness mystery?

The mystery of the Loch Ness Monster could finally be solved as water levels fall to their lowest-ever levels. The mystical creature is believed to live in Loch Ness, near Inverness, Scotland, with seven official “sightings” recorded already this year. Loch Ness obsessive Steve Feltham said of the receding water levels: “If it carries on like this, we will have the Nessie mystery solved”.

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Why Bach’s music is used to sell products

Bach is the most popular musician to use to soothe consumers into buying products, according to a music historian. Peter Kupfer examined commercials that use the German composer’s music and concluded that Bach provides “the sound, or at least a sound, of reassurance”. Kupfer added that Bach, who said “the aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God”, would be unhappy to see his music “being used in these secular ways.”

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Chas Newkey-Burden has been part of The Week Digital team for more than a decade and a journalist for 25 years, starting out on the irreverent football weekly 90 Minutes, before moving to lifestyle magazines Loaded and Attitude. He was a columnist for The Big Issue and landed a world exclusive with David Beckham that became the weekly magazine’s bestselling issue. He now writes regularly for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, Metro, FourFourTwo and the i new site. He is also the author of a number of non-fiction books.