A WOMAN who claimed she spotted her dead husband in a promo video for a curry house made a mistake, it is claimed.
Lucy Watson previously insisted her late partner Harry Doherty, who died in 2014, featured in the short clip to advertise Spice Cottage in Westbourne, West Sussex.
But the Indian restaurant shot down her claims, telling her the footage was shot earlier this month.
And today, her son-in-law Alex seemingly settled the matter once and for all.
He confirmed that neither he nor his father appear in the video and it was all a bizarre misunderstanding.
The 39-year-old, a former duathlon champion who competed for Great Britain, told MailOnline: "No way. It's not my dad and it's not me. She's got it wrong.
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"You can see from the comments that people are really intrigued about it. They really want to know the answers.
"The answer is that it's not my dad – that's it."
He added that he felt sorry for the restaurant for the unnecessary drama, adding: "I don't know what she was thinking."
Spice Cottage shared the short video on its Facebook page on January 16 to "show off its new refurbishment".
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It pans the interior of the eatery and focuses on groups of diners tucking into their meals.
Lucy, 59, was sure she saw Harry enjoying his favourite chicken korma with his son.
She told MailOnline: "The moment I saw the thing I thought, 'Oh my God – that's Harry.'
"There was no doubt in my mind it was my husband."
Lucy said she played the clip some 30 times and was certain it was him as he was a "distinctive man" with white hair, glasses and a familiar-looking blue sweatshirt.
She thought it must have been an old video so asked when it was filmed only to be told it was it was recorded the week before.
Lucy added: "It annoyed me when they sent a message back saying it was filmed last week. It can't have been."
The moment I saw the thing I thought, 'Oh my God – that's Harry.'
The internet went "crazy" with conspiracy theories about what might have happened.
One person joked the curries are so good at the restaurant that Harry came back to life for one, while another asked: "Was his body ever found, or just a canoe?"
She was referencing John Darwin who faked his own death for a life insurance scam in an apparent canoeing accident in 2002.
Dad-of-three Harry died in April 2014 while waiting for a planned liver transplant in hospital.
Lucy, who lost touch with Harry's son following his dad's death, suspects Spice Cottage posted the clip to generate customers as it's "really up against it" with several nearby rivals.
"It's the only explanation I can think of," she added.
Manager Bodrul Islam said: "I run the social media side of the business and recorded a promotional video to portray our new wooden tables and interior refurbishment.
"The refurbishment was completed in early January 2023 and the promotional video highlights these changes.
"All videos used in the video were recorded week commencing January 9, 2023.
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"Before January 2023, all of our tables were covered by white and red cloths, henceforth it is evident this footage is recent.
"This is a very unusual situation and we hope this clarifies any confusion."
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