Diana, Princess of Wales: The affair of the heart that was her final obsession - Telegraph
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That is very important. Talking exclusively to The Sunday Telegraph, Dr Khan ends his year public silence over their friendship, following incorrect media speculation last week that he is to give evidence to the inquest into her death via a video link from his homeland.
The Princess's closest friends have described Dr Khan, now 48, as the love of her life and have told of her distress when he ended their relationship. He, however, is reticent about speaking of how much he may have meant to her - or even how much she meant to him. Yet their relationship was serious enough for his family to meet the Princess during her visit to Pakistan, when she wore a traditional shalwar kameez out of respect for their Muslim faith.
She also enjoyed the afternoon tea she had with my family. And I think she very much liked the Asian family's eccentric culture," says Dr Khan. Diana believed she would be 'bumped off' He speaks tenderly about why he will never divulge the details of his affair with the Princess. Other lovers, notably former Household Cavalry officer James Hewitt, may have cashed in on their relationship, but the intimate moments Dr Khan enjoyed with Diana will never be shared with a wider audience. This is how I am.
Princess Diana's relationship with Hasnat Khan: 'He was the love of her life'
He does not, however, think that a fountain in London built in the Princess's memory does her justice. You put great people up as high as possible.
He married year-old Hadia Sher Ali, a Pakistani descendant from Afghan royalty, in a lavish ceremony in Pakistan last year. Whether she found it impossible to follow in the Princess's formidable footsteps as his lover, or whether Diana cast a shadow over their relationship even in death, he will not say.
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I really cannot tell you what all these reasons were. These days Dr Khan spends most of his time working as a surgeon in Malaysia. When he is in Pakistan, he lives in his own spacious yet modestly decorated colonial-style house in Jehlum, the arid central Punjab district that is a two-hour drive from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. It could not be more different from the small but chic Chelsea flat he lived in while working in Britain.
His other family members, including his sister, live in the surrounding housing "colony", which also has servant quarters. The Khans are deeply religious, and his wall-hangings include a painting that has an inscription of verses from the Koran. Dr Khan, who left Britain last November, pursued his relationship with Diana from She stayed at his central London home, and he at her apartment in Kensington Palace.
They always tried to keep their relationship secret, however. It is understood that at one point the Princess was so smitten with Dr Khan that she contemplated converting to Islam so they could marry. Yet she abandoned the idea when he decided their relationship could not work in the long term. Although Dr Khan will not talk about why their affair ended, his father - who graduated from the London School of Economics in - gave an insight into the reasons in an interview with this newspaper last year.
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Abdul Rasheed Khan said that his son had told the family: We are culturally so different from each other. She is from Venus and I am from Mars. If it ever happened, it would be like a marriage from two different planets. Her romance coincided with a time when her life was beginning to make sense. She was in secret discussions with Tony Blair, then leader of the opposition, about becoming a roving ambassador; her divorce was finalised on July 4 ; and she had a new sense of purpose, symbolised by her decision to sell her collection of gowns at a charity auction in New York.
She kept his picture by her bedside, read the Koran each night and introduced Dr Khan to her children. She believed that she and Hasnat could open hospitals for children with heart conditions or hospices on an international scale. Jemima Khan, the socialite, told Vanity Fair that one reason they became friends was her own marriage to Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricketer, now politician.
While the prospect of making a new life with him was a tantalising vision, her single-minded focus was unnerving for the unassuming surgeon.
She was intense and obsessive, and her neediness was as demanding as it was compulsive. She would follow him on his rounds and even watched him perform heart operations, on one occasion allowing herself to be filmed in the operating theatre. This lead to widespread ridicule from the media, who were baffled by her behaviour. Debbie Frank, her friend and astrologer, recalls: While Dr Khan found no allure in the princess as a celebrity, the altruistic, caring woman who was unafraid to take on difficult causes was quite another matter.
This was the tension at the heart of their relationship, the conflict between her public persona that attracted unwanted attention, and the private princess. It was becoming clear that Dr Khan felt constrained by the curse of celebrity, the conflicting demands of the princess and his career, and by their cultural and religious divide. More than that, he had a fear of commitment, having already been engaged twice and calling off the nuptials at a late stage.
His eventual marriage in lasted barely 18 months. Dr Khan realised that if they married, they would have to live in Pakistan to have any chance of a normal life together. There was no way the Queen or Prince Charles would have allowed the heir to the throne to be raised abroad for any length of time.
Dr Khan said last year: Everyone wants a relationship to be going somewhere.