Diana’s love affair with Pakistan ~ 2


Diana, the PrincessRD

In a Channel 5 documentary Imran Khan and Dr. Hasnat Khan’s family acknowledged the couple’s love for each other.

The former captain of Pakistan’s Cricket team says Diana was deeply in love with doctor Hasnat Khan. Imran Khan claims Diana asked him in May 1997 to act as a go between to broker a marriage, even though the couple had split up after two years. The meeting with Doctor Khan didn’t happen because of the Princess’s death in car crash that August.

The claim backs up those made by other friends of Princess Diana that her relationship with Dodi Fayad was only a fling to make her true love jealous. Relatives of Doctor Khan also appear in the documentary, speaking openly of his love for the Princess.

“It was clear that she was deeply in love with Dr. Hasnat and I just don’t think she could have got over it that quickly,” Imran said.

The Channel 5 documentary, called Diana: Her Last Love says that while the princess was seen with Fayed before her death, she was still in touch with Hasnat’s family advising them not to read anything significant into the relationship.

Ashfaq Ahmed, Hasnat’s great-uncle, tells the program: “I can say with certainty that he (Hasnat) was greatly in love with her, and he was very much impressed by her personality. Not by her beauty – by her humanity.” .-. Full Story .-.


Diana and Hasnat in an undated photoDT

And now comes the most popular topic of discussion among Princess Diana’s admirers in Pakistan and the Muslim World;

Was Diana considering conversion to Islam? Or, perhaps, she even did!

Again in November, 2002, Dr. Hasnat Khan’s parents, while talking to Daily Times claimed she was on the verge of doing so;

Princess Diana was “on the verge of converting” to the Muslim faith before her tragic death in order to facilitate her planned marriage to the man she loved, Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, his parents last night claimed.

Prominent London specialist Hasnat Khan’s father Rashid Ahmed Khan and mother Nahid Khan met the princess in person when she visited their home in the Pakistani city of Lahore in 1996.

Hasnat’s mother Nahid Khan told Daily Times that her son believed a marriage would prove unworkable.

“Everyone knew she wanted to marry him, but he felt that a marriage would be impossible,” said Mrs Khan. “He said, ‘if we marry, we will not be able to go anywhere together. The two cultures are so different.’

“Perhaps this is why she wanted to become a Muslim. She said before her death that she had made a decision that would shock the world. Her conversion would have made a marriage much easier in Pakistan.”

She subsequently met the family after flying to Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore for the inauguration of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, founded by former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan, whose wife Jemima was a close friend of Diana. .-. Full Story .-.


Wearing a blue Shalwar Kameez during her visit to Shakuat Khanum Memorial Hospital – Corbis

Kate Snell, the author of ‘Diana – Her Last Love’ writes:

“She was not in love with Dodi. She was in love with Hasnat Khan,” says Snell. “She wanted to get back to Kensington Palace. And she enjoyed being with Dodi, but when she got back home, Dodi would be a past chapter in her life.”

As it turned out, Diana was already living the last chapter of her life. And to this day, Hasnat Khan has never spoken about the details of what happened between them. But Hasnat Khan was among the mourners at Diana’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, unable to completely hide his emotions behind his dark glasses.

Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrel in his book ‘The Way We Were’ reveals:

With Hasnat, she (Diana) was the happiest I had ever seen seen her.

In the weeks before her death, I had read about Diana and Dodi with dismay. I remember the photo of her wearing white shorts over a black body and carrying her deck shoes, with Dodi walking behind her, and thinking she was not happy. I also recall her ringing me from the yacht. “I’m ready to come home now,” she said, fed up with the summer fling.

Had the outside world known the happiness she exuded when she was with Hasnat, it would have understood that what she experienced with Dodi was not love, nor was it serious. I am convinced that those photos with Dodi were signals sent out to grab the attention of the man she really loved.


In the days after the tragedy in Paris, he (Dr. Hasnat) was the only man I could think about. I didn’t know whether to contact him. Then, I received a phone call. “I could have saved her,” he said over and over again.

Hasnat said he knew the exact procedure to save a life threatened by a ruptured aorta. I told him what I’d learned in the Paris hospital. He pressed me for details and became more and more upset. “Why did she have to be so far away?” he said. “I could have saved her here.”

It seemed futile to talk about it any further. She was dead. But we arranged to meet at the end of the week at the bottom of the KP (Kensington Palace) drive.

Just as I left Apartments 8 and 9, I noticed on my desk the dark blue cloth band that the Princess used to tie back her hair. Instinctively, I picked it up, slipped it into my pocket and headed for my rendezvous.

When Hasnat pulled up alongside me in his battered old car, he wound down the passenger window. He looked awful, as if he hadn’t slept for days; his eyes were dark and baggy, and his hair was unkempt.

“I had to see you,” he said. We hardly spoke but didn’t need to. As he made to leave, I said, “Wait, I have something for you.” I reached into my pocket, brought out the dark blue cloth and pressed it into his hand. His eyes brimmed with tears.

He held it to his nose and mouth for a second or two, breathing in the scent of the Hermes perfume, 24 Faubourg, she used. He put it into his pocket, nodded, and tried to say something – but couldn’t.

“I’ll see you at the funeral,” I said. And he was gone.

What really happened between them, Dr. Hasnat Khan, has never spoken of anything to anyone and still remains silent for which, one respects this man who truly loved Diana and never exploited her name to gain fame or fortune for himself as many of her ‘friends’ did.

May 14, 2006 Dr. Hasnat Khan, 46, weds Hadia Sher Ali, 28, who herself is from Afghan royal ancestry, in a grand celebration in Jhelum, Pakistan.


8 Comments so far

  1. Rajesh (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

    Nice and well written post!!

  2. Opee (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    Hassan, close the tag after last line of your main post: i.e. “simple but elegant shalwar kameez.”

  3. V (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

    Their story is so heartbreaking. :'(
    Hasan, thanks for taking the time to share this story.

  4. V (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

    Just re-read this post and some of the accompanying links… I’m seriously depressed now! :(

  5. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 7:23 pm

    @Rajesh: Thank you friend!

    @Opee: I’m sorry for the error. It has been corrected. Thanks!

    @V: Oh I’m not out of it even after five days 8′(

  6. binary-zero (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 1:06 am

    I saw a program on Fox 28 here in US – the security chief of Diana clearly said; Diana had clearly said she would be killed by the establishment :) but they blamed it on Dody’Al-Faid as before her death he was managing her security from past 10 days instead of Mi5 special protection unit – and thats when this happened. It may or may not be an accident but some responsability goes to Dody’s security team.

    Also as per the security chief, when she was under her protection, we never let her ride a car without seat belt and this little step could have saved her life. More interesting point, Autopsy report was never published (suspicion that she was pregnant) and it took french medics 100 minutes before she was taken to the hospital. Plus the white sedan which was reported that it hit the diana car thats why they lost the controll of car – the white sadan was never found by police. too many questions – but she was a good lady thats what every one remmembers.

  7. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 3:53 am

    @BZ: That ‘white sedan’ was a Fiat…

  8. binary-zero (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 9:20 am

    you got me :) i was watching movie on my Pc at that time :P

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