MARIO TESTINO/ VANITY FAIR
Prince George’s grandmother gracing the cover of the magazine coincides with the September release of “Diana”, the biopic with Naomi Watts embodying the loved princess.
The film covers the last two years of her life, her commitment against landmines and her relationship with the Pakistani heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Khan.
Diana’s close friend Jemima Khan, the former wife of Hasnat’s cousin Imran Khan, reveals that the princess was “crazy in love” with Khan.
“Diana was madly in love with Hasnat Khan and wanted to marry him, even if that meant living in Pakistan,” Jemima says.
She also claims Diana came to twice in Pakistan as a fundraiser for Imran’s hospital, but she took the opportunity to secretly discuss marriage with 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.
The article also states that Diana spent time with Hasnat’s family in order to get his mother’s approval.
As Khan comments, “to marry an English girl is every conservative Pashtun mother’s worst nightmare.”
However, the Pakistani doctor found that he couldnt bear with the media attention such a relationship would have received.
“Hasnat was a decent, intensely private man from a traditional, conservative Pakistani family, and he was worried about how it would work,” Jemima says. “And he hated the thought of being in the glare of publicity for the rest of his life.”
After their relationship ended, friends told Vanity Fair that the love story Diana lived with billionaire Dodi Al Fayed was intended to make Hasnat jealous.