Di's ex 'finds new love'
The father of Hasnat Khan, the Princess's former lover, reveals the differences that convinced his son the relationship was doomed. With her tragic passing nearly 20 years ago, Princess Diana left behind three loves, her sons — Princes William and Harry — and Dr. Hasnat. Cardiac surgeon Hasnat Khan was the love of Princess Diana's life, but his son actually told the family that his relationship with Diana was.
She hoped that they would be able to have a future together. She wanted to marry him," she told the hearing. Dr Khan, 48, who until last month worked in Britain, had a two-year relationship with Diana from She stayed at his Chelsea flat in London, and he stayed at her home in Kensington Palace.
However, they always tried to keep their affair discreet and he has never talked publicly about his deep feelings for her. It is understood that at one point the Princess was willing to convert to Islam in order to marry him but abandoned the idea when he took the decision that their relationship could not work in the long term. Diana arrives for dinner at a restaurant in Lahore with Jemima Khan.
Whimn However, no matter how aggressive the charm offensive, Khan knew his family would never acquiesce to their official union. The end of the affair In Novemberwhile Diana was in Sydney opening the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, their relationship had finally hit the headlines.
Her callous repudiation of their romance is said to have deeply hurt Khan who refused to speak to her for weeks after the incident.Princess Diana watches a heart operation
Whimn Meanwhile, he was struggling with his newfound fame. Khan would later tell police of that time: They visited old girlfriends, my medical school, and retired professors whom I had known. In January of she had flown to Angola to help a Red Cross anti-landmine campaign. In what would become another famous image, she donned a helmet and vest and with an expert navigated an only partially cleared field of landmines. The iconic image of Diana amidst a field of landmines in Angola.
Whimn Diana is said to have started envisaging becoming as a global humanitarian trouble-shooter with Khan by her side. They would be, she hoped, the ultimate philanthropic power couple.
They could save lives and make it a better world. While Diana pressed for a public commitment, Khan was said to have finally decided there was no way they could be together.
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There are conflicting reports about when exactly their relationship ended. There have been some suggestions he ended things during a night-time walk through Hyde Park, while other reports have said that it was she, frustrated and deeply hurt by his reluctance to commit, who broke up with him.
Sunshine and billionaires Whatever the reason, Diana was heartbroken by the end of their affair. Struggling with the split, she decided to get away. She had first entertained the idea of spending time in the Hamptons with billionaire Teddy Forstmann, however ironically, security concerns put paid to that.
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Within days of arriving at the villa, al Fayed is said to have summoned his son Dodi, who was engaged to model Kelly Fisher, to help entertain the Princess. Quite when their relationship became romantic is unclear.
Whimn On August 9, their romance was out in the open. There are suggestions that Diana herself called the paparazzo who got the first shots of she and Dodi kissing, with the goal of making Khan jealous. Final weeks Back home in London, those closest to Diana were troubled by this fledgling romance.
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.