OSLO, Norway, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A new book raises questions about the lineage of Norway's King Olav, saying the royal physician, and not King Haakon, may have been his biological father.
Tor Bomann-Larsen in his book "Folket" (The People) makes the case that Sir Francis Laking, physician to Haakon and his wife Queen Maud, was Olav's real father, the Aftenposten reports.
The "Folket" is the second volume of Bomann-Larsen's history of King Haakon and Queen Maud.
The author says he also investigated a secret hospital stay in London by Queen Maud in 1902. His book carries a picture of Laking's son Guy Francis Laking, born in 1875, who bears a striking resemblance to the adult King Olav.
In another twist to the story, Bomann-Larsen sais there was also the possibility Laking's son was a sperm donor for Queen Maud, and that Olav was the result of artificial insemination. The quenn had been childless for six years when Olav was born.
The author bases his arguments on a range of sources from state archives and European royal records.
In a palace statement, reigning King Harald -- son of Olav -- said he has no information to indicate King Olav was not King Haakon's son.