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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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.