- NAME: Hasnat Khan
- OCCUPATION: Surgeon
- BIRTH DATE: April 01, 1959 (Age: 54)
- Did You Know?: The book about Hasnat Khan's relationship with Princess Diana, entitled Diana: Her Last Love, was written without his consent.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Jhelum, Pakistan
- Full Name: Hasnat Ahmad Khan
- AKA: Hasnat Khan
- AKA: Dr. Hasnat Khan
- Nickname: Mr. Wonderful
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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Heart surgeon Hasnat Khan dated Princess Diana from 1995 to 1997. Their romance is the subject of the book Diana: Her Last Love and its film adaptation, Diana.
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Hasnat Khan was born in Pakistan on April 1, 1959. A cardiac heart surgeon, Kahn dated Princess Diana from 1995 to 1997. In 2000, Kate Snell published Diana: Her Last Love, about Khan and Diana's relationship. As of 2013, Diana—a film based on Snell's book—was slated to be released despite Khan's disapproval. His short-term future plans then included opening a free heart clinic in Badlot, Pakistan.
"There are a hundred could-have-beens. I can't change anything now"
"I think that if Diana were alive today, we would have remained very good friends, whatever she did and whomever she was with."
"It is a huge loss when someone very close to you dies. I do not know what Diana was like in other relationships but she protected me very well, not just from the media but also from a lot of information. Perhaps she protected me because she thought we had a future together."
"I'm loyal to her [the Princess] not because she was a celebrity but because I'm loyal to all my friends. I'm like that."
"Creating a fountain is not how you should remember a great person. You put great people up as high as possible..."
"If I married her [Diana], our marriage would not last for more than a year. 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."
Surgeon Hasnat Ahmad Khan was born in Jhelum, Pakistan, on April 1, 1959. His father, Abdul Rasheed Khan, is a graduate of the London School of Economics. Rather than following in his father's footsteps, Hasnat grew up to pursue a medical career.
As a junior heart surgeon in England, Khan worked 90 hour weeks for a modest salary. It was during this time that he would meet his famed love interest, Diana, Princess of Wales.
As of 2013, Khan has continued his medical career at Basildon University Hospital in Essex, England, as a cardiothoracic surgeon on a consulting basis. Scheduled for September of that year, he intended to take a year and a half-long unpaid sabbatical from the hospital. His short-term future plans as a physician included establishing free cardiac health services for the poor, at the Abdul Razzaq Welfare Trust Hospital in the Pakistani village of Badlot near Jhelum, his hometown.
Khan met Princess Diana in the Royal Brompton Hospital waiting room on September 1, 1995, while she was visiting a sick friend. The princess—who had separated from her husband, Prince Charles, three years prior—felt an immediate attraction to Khan. In hopes of encountering him again, she began visiting the hospital on a daily basis. A few weeks later, Khan agreed to go on a date with Diana. A relationship blossomed, and would last for the next two years. Their romance was not without its storms: as Khan worked grueling hours at the hospital, Diana grew increasing frustrated by his lack of availability. Their struggle to keep the relationship out of the public eye further compounded the tension within their relationship. While Diana found herself yearning for a serious commitment, Khan viewed the prospect of their marriage as unrealistic, due to cultural differences.
The princess and the doctor broke off their relationship in late July of 1997. According to her friend, Rosa Monckton, Diana remained infatuated with Khan even as she started dating Egyptian millionaire Dodi Fayed. After Diana and Dodi died in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997, Khan remained respectfully silent about his relationship with Diana for the next 16 years. During that time, Khan was married once, briefly, to Hadia Sher Ali in May 2006. Their marriage lasted 18 months before they filed for divorce in 2008.
At the end of the 1990s, author Kate Snell approached Khan about a book she was writing. The book was meant to focus on his relationship with Princess Diana, with Snell interviewing Kahn's friends and relatives to get their perspectives on the couple.
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