PRINCESS DIANA MADLY IN LOVE WITH HASNAT KHAN VANITY FAIR REVEALS!

Princess Diana was ‘madly in love’  with Hasnat Khan and ‘wanted to marry him,’ friends

reveal in Vanity Fair  profile

Ahead of a new biopic  about the late Princess of Wales, a Vanity Fair profile details her tragic love  story after divorcing from Britain’s Prince Charles.

 	Princess Diana covers the September issue of Vanity Fair.

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Princess Diana covers the September  issue of Vanity Fair.

On the heels of the celebrated birth of Prince William’s first child, Vanity Fair is remembering  his mother, Princess  Diana, who died in a tragic car crash in 1997 at the age of 36.

Britain’s young new Prince George of Cambridge may never meet his paternal  grandmother, but as her story prepares to go to the big screen in “Diana” this fall, the magazine  presents a new account of the princess’ love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon  Hasnat Khan in the last years before her death.

“Diana was madly in love with Hasnat Khan and wanted to marry him, even if  that meant living in Pakistan,” said Jemima Khan, a friend to the princess, of  no relation to the surgeon.

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“And that’s one of the reasons why we became friends.”

The Princess of Wales reportedly spent a lot of time trying to get to know  members of the Khan family with the intent to quietly marry into it, which was  not entirely acceptable.

For a “son to marry an English girl is every conservative Pashtun mother’s  worst nightmare,” said Jemima Khan.

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Dr. Hasnat Khan in  London, 1997: Friends describe the former lover of Princess Diana as a ‘private’ man who was ‘worried about how it would work’ between them.

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Dr. Hasnat Khan in  London, 1997:  Friends describe the former lover of Princess Diana as a ‘private’ man who was  ‘worried about how it would work’ between them.

Even for Hasnat Khan, discussions of a secret wedding were thought to be  “ridiculous.”

“I thought it was a ridiculous idea,” Khan was quoted as saying in his  official interview with police after Princess Diana’s death, adding that he  “told her that the only way I could see us having a vaguely normal life together  would be if we went to Pakistan, as the press don’t bother you there.”

She saw he was “horrified by the secret wedding plan,” Daily Mail reporter  Richard Kay, who was close to Princess Diana, told Vanity Fair. “Suddenly she  saw all these pitfalls looming.”

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Frustrated, their relationship spiraled downwards, and that was when she met  Dodi Al Fayed — the  new boyfriend that was with her in the car when she died in Paris.

Many friends interviewed by Vanity Fair believed the relationship with Al  Fayed may have been only to make Khan jealous. He promised her a ring one day,  according to Rosa Monckton, the former managing director of Tiffany &  Co.

“Hasnat was a decent, intensely private man from a traditional, conservative  Pakistani family, and he was worried about how it would work,” Jemima Khan  added.

“And he hated the thought of being in the glare of publicity for the rest of  his life.”