It was no secret that Princess Diana was in a relationship when she tragically died in 1997, but now there are reports that she actually wanted to marry again.
As Kate Middleton and Prince William get to know their new son, Prince George, it is not easy to forget the grandmother the baby will never meet and was likely to have been very involved in his upbringing.
Vanity Fair’s newest issue titled The Grandmother Prince George Never Knew, reports that the late Princess was “madly in love” with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, with whom she was in a two-year relationship before her death.
The Princess and the doctor’s romance is also the focus of the new biopic starring Naomi Watts titled simply Diana, which hits theaters in September.
Speaking about Princess Diana’s intention to marry her long time boyfriend, her friend Jemima Khan, the former wife of Hasnat’s distant cousin Imran Khan, told Vanity Fair,
“Diana was madly in love with Hasnat Khan and wanted to marry him, even if that meant living in Pakistan.”
It is hard to imagine that she would leave her two sons William and Harry behind in England, since they would never be allowed to move to Pakistan.
Khan said Diana came to visit her twice in Pakistan to fundraise for Imran’s hospital, but also to secretly discuss marriage to Hasnat.
“She wanted to know how hard it had been for me to adapt to life in Pakistan and she wanted advice on how to deal with Pakistani men and their cultural baggage,” Khan said.
Khan told Vanity Fair that the Princess of Wales spent time in the country meeting with Hasnat’s family and trying to get approval from his mother.
According to Diana’s friend Hasnat could not handle the pressure of being in the limelight for the rest of his life and the relationship ended.
The Princess allegedly started seeing Dodi Al Fayed to make Khan jealous. The doctor has never spoken publicly about the relationship and did not cooperate with movie makers for the Diana biopic.
Vanity Fair issue about Princess Diana hits stands in September.