Diana’s relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan
Episode seven chronicles Diana’s first encounter with the heart surgeon – during a visit with a friend to a London hospital – and offers a brief insight into their relationship. But it was not a chance adventure. The couple dated privately for two years, ending their romance just weeks before Diana died in August 1997.
In The Chronicles of Dianaauthor Tina Brown said Diana referred to Khan as “the one”, although the notoriously private doctor never spoke publicly about their relationship until 2008. He revealed that the couple had discussed marriage and that Diana had traveled with him to the Pakistan to meet his family in 1996.
“She really enjoyed her time when she came here,” Khan told the Mail on Sunday. “She also enjoyed the afternoon tea she had with my family. And I think she really liked the quirky Asian family culture.”
But the media attention on Diana proved too much for Khan to handle, the surgeon revealed in a 2008 inquest into her death.
“I knew I wouldn’t be able to lead a normal life,” Khan said in a statement at the time. “My main concern about our marriage was that my life would be hell because of who she was.”
According to Diana’s former butler Paul BurellDiana considered Khan her “soul mate”.
“He was the man she loved more than any other and it was a very deep spiritual relationship,” Burrell said during the inquest. “I witnessed it first hand and they were very much in love.”