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Princess Diana's Former Boyfriend Gives First Interview in Years

The heart surgeon who Princess Diana dubbed "Mr. Wonderful" has broken his decades long silence to speak out against journalist Martin Bashir, who is currently being investigated by the BBC for misconduct regarding his bombshell 1995 TV interview with the princess. Khan and Diana dated for two years before her death, and was her boyfriend during that specific time period.

Dr. Hasnat Khan claims Bashir "filled her head with rubbish" until Prince William, then a thirteen, warned her: "Mummy, he’s not a good person."

He says the only reason he's coming forward is a mutual friend of his and Bashir wanted him to come forward to defend Bashir and say he was a decent man and Khan could not do that.

  • Khan says Diana only gave the explosive interview in order to force Prince Charles to divorce her. Diana was mad Charles had got away with ‘whatever he wanted’ and needed to force a divorce in order to date who she liked.

  • Diana met the doctor when she shouted at him as he left work one day, "Oi, where are you going?" He asked if she wanted to come with him to pick up some books, she said yes and that was that.

  • He told the Daily Mail of how Bashir preyed on Diana's insecurity and fragility, saying: "One of her most attractive qualities was her vulnerability. It was what endeared her to the public. I later realised that Martin picked on those vulnerabilities and exploited them. He was very persuasive with Diana. It was all about him being from the BBC, being respectable and very pious even. But he filled her head with rubbish, such as that stuff about the nanny Tiggy [Legge-Bourke] being pregnant with Charles’s child."

  • Diana had an intense fear of her phone being tapped. Bashir had made her distrust the people around her by preying on her paranoia.

  • He was left offended during a meeting with Bashir and Diana at a pub after Bashir asked him intrusive questions about his relationship with Diana.

  • He later told Diana that the interview was terrible and a big mistake. When Diana said Charles had also conducted an interview, he told her two wrongs don’t make a right.

  • He remembers telling Diana that Bashir made him uncomfortable and he felt he was dangerous. "I remember telling her I didn’t like him, didn’t trust him and that she should have nothing more to do with him."

  • While he still remains press-shy, he continues to have warmth and affection for Diana. In 2007, he said he could not, in all countenance, accept William and Harry’s invitation to attend the memorial service on the tenth anniversary of their mother’s death because Camilla was supposed to be there (she did not attend). Khan also felt the memorial fountain in Hyde Park did not do her justice.

  • He says Diana had a natural quality of empathy and it was so instinctive he began jokingly calling her "the witch" and she loved that.

  • He recalls Bashir was feeding Diana information that she thought to be true, with Diana telling Khan there was ‘a secret listening station in Kent where they eavesdropped on prominent people’ and that the brakes on her car had been tampered with. She also had her apartment swept for bugs after speaking to Bashir.

  • He said Diana never spoke negatively of the Queen.

  • Diana loved the secrecy of her relationship with Khan, calling the hospital with fake names and accents.

  • It was important to Diana what William and Harry thought about her and she was upset over William's anger over her interview.

  • Diana never discussed her royal life with Khan after he warned her of Bashir, but he later found out she had continued correspondence, with Bashir even helping her write speeches. She eventually cut off contact with Bashir because of William, who was distrustful of him.

  • Of the impact of Diana's interview, Khan says, "Of course I am not naïve. I knew that there was a part of Diana that wanted to give an interview but my question is if Martin Bashir had not been there persuading her, would she ever have done it?"

Tags: interview, royalty / royal family

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