Former lover of the Princess of Wales, Dr. Hasnat Khan, for the first time in 20 years, gave a detailed public comment that shed light on the circumstances of Diana's controversial interview with BBC Panoram in 1995.
In particular, the surgeon said that the journalist Martin Bashir manipulated the princess and actually forced her to tell the frank and unpleasant details of her marriage to Prince Charles.
Princess Diana and heart surgeon Hasnat Khan dated from 1995 to 1997, having separated shortly before Lady Di's tragic death. Around the same period, Martin Bashir appeared in the life of Wales.
Khan recalls one landmark meeting with a reporter at a bar. “Almost from the beginning, he [Martin] started asking me personal questions about Diana and our relationship. Why didn't we get married? When are we going to get married? These were very intimate things. - Hasnat tells the Daily Mail reporters, - At first I was embarrassed, because Diana and I did not know each other for long and never discussed marriage. But then he got angry. It was inappropriate for this person, whom I hardly knew, to ask such questions.
Later that night, Khan told Diana that he considered Bashir dangerous. “I remember telling her that I don’t like him, I don’t trust him and that she shouldn’t have anything to do with him,” the surgeon recalls.
Khan claims that Bashir came up with a strategy to get Diana to talk. In particular, he made her believe that all her phones were tapped, and he was one of the few whom the princess could trust. In addition, Martin convinced Welsh that Harry and William's nanny, Tiggy Legg-Brook, was expecting a baby from Charles. “All this talk about bugs was designed to make her not trust anyone and be afraid of everything around,” explains Khan.
The surgeon notes that one of the most attractive qualities of his beloved was a touching vulnerability, and it was this that Bashir used against the princess. “Diana wasn’t paranoid, he [Martin] was just very smart and convincing,” stresses the doctor.
Khan admits that in addition to psychological tricks, Bashir could banally intimidate the late princess. Here the doctor is inclined to believe the brother of Wales, Charles Spencer. The latter believes that Martin showed Diana fake bank statements and claimed that her inner circle was talking about the princess's life to the tabloids for money. And therefore it will be better if Welsh shares everything herself.
Khasnat is sure: Bashir manipulated the princess, however, Diana pursued her goals, giving a scandalous interview. According to the surgeon, Wales knew what she was doing and what the result would be.
“She said she anticipates how the royal family will react,” Khan said. When asked about the specific consequences of the speech, the princess replied: "They [BCS] will ask us [her and Charles] to divorce." Welsh turned out to be right: a month after the release of the interview, Elizabeth II wrote a letter to the couple, in which she insisted on the dissolution of their marriage (see also: Royal Wrath: Elizabeth's letter that ended the marriage of Diana and Charles).
According to Hasnat, this was the purpose of Welsh: "She said that she would never ask for a divorce, but she wanted him." Diana confessed to the surgeon that the official break for her is the only way to "get at least some freedom and openly meet with someone she likes."
It is curious that shortly after the release of her interview, the princess abruptly cut off all ties with Bashir. According to Khan, Diana claimed to have been influenced by the words of her eldest son, Prince William. “He [William] hated [Diana's] interview for Panorama. The prince was very blunt and said: “Mommy, he [Martin Bashir] is a bad man,” the surgeon recalls. In this he believes Welsh, because the opinion of the children has always been fundamental for her (see also: What Princess Diana said after a scandalous interview about her marriage).
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