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Closer Weekly: Princess Diana's Butler Talks about Her Romance with Pakistani Dr Hasnat Khan

Bettina Dizon
Sep 10, 2020
03:30 P.M.
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Royal butler Paul Burrell revealed Princess Diana’s secret romance with Dr. Hasnat Khan, a Pakistan-born surgeon: “Had the princess returned from Paris, she would have reconnected with Hasnat.”

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Although there are many forms of literature about Princess Diana, including her life behind the palace walls, new pieces of information come out every now and then.

Recently, the People’s Princess’ former butler, Paul Burrell, talked about Diana’s secret relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan, a Pakistani surgeon, who she met during a hospital visit to meet children.

Princess Diana during a state reception in Melbourne, October 1988. | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana during a state reception in Melbourne, October 1988. | Source: Getty Images

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SECRET TRIPS TO DIANA

Burrell revealed he would fetch Khan and bring him inside the palace, covered with a blanket at the back seat. All he needed to do was flash the guards to let him pass without them checking the vehicle.

Their romance lasted two years and had some royals guessing about Diana’s love, including Princess Margaret, who spied through her curtains.

Diana and Hasnat first met during one of her trips to sick children at the hospital. According to Diana, “‘He smiled and stared straight at me, into my soul, and I knew he was the one.’”

Princess Diana holding a child during a visit to a hostel for abandoned children on April 24, 1991 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana holding a child during a visit to a hostel for abandoned children on April 24, 1991 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. | Source: Getty Images

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WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN

Diana was hesitant about her relationship because Khan was a “Pakistani Muslim commoner,” whereas she was a princess and the wife of a future king.

The royal took care of Robertson’s little boy and handled several house chores.

Sadly, their affair ended when the princess turned 36. “I truly believe that had the princess returned from Paris, she would have reconnected with Hasnat,” Burrell added. “Their love affair would have been rekindled.”

Princess Diana at a polo match in summer 1988, Windsor, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana at a polo match in summer 1988, Windsor, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images

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LIFE AFTER KHAN

Khan knew that he and the princess had too many differences to be together, including cultural backgrounds. Additionally, his family would not have accepted Diana for their opposing religions.

Many believe Diana’s rebound was Dodi Fayed, an Egyptian billionaire, whom she dated weeks after her breakup. Unlike her relationship with Khan, Diana did not refrain from letting the public know about her new-found-love.

Fayed was the man who died with Diana in a Paris car crash in August 1997. Khan eventually entered into an arranged marriage, which only lasted two years.

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Princess Diana gives her speech to the Eating Disorders 93 Conference in Kensington, West London. | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana gives her speech to the Eating Disorders 93 Conference in Kensington, West London. | Source: Getty Images

HAPPIEST YEARS

Diana’s life as a married woman was nothing short of a nightmare. Before she became a royal, the People’s Princess was a nanny hired by an American businesswoman, Mary Robertson.

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According to Robertson, Diana’s days working for her were among the “happiest years of her life,” despite making only $5 an hour. The royal took care of Robertson’s little boy and handled several house chores.

Diana was the only part-time nanny available to work at that time and instantly charmed Robertson. Eventually, she also won the hearts of millions around the globe, earning the moniker, People’s Princess.

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