Hasnat Khan

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Hasnat Khan
Hasnat Ahmad Khan

(1958-02-03) 3 February 1958 (age 62)
Nationality BritishPakistani
Alma mater Imperial College School of Medicine
OccupationHeart and lung surgeon
Hadia Sher Ali
(m. 2006;div. 2008)
Partner(s) Diana, Princess of Wales (1995–1997)
Parent(s)Rashid Khan [1]
Naheed Khan [2]

Hasnat Ahmad Khan, FRCS (Urdu : حسنات احمد خان; born 1 April 1958) is a British-Pakistani heart and lung surgeon. He was in a romantic relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales from 1995 to 1997.


Early life and education

Khan was born on 1 April 1958 in Jhelum, a city in the Punjab province of Pakistan. [1] [3] [4] He is the eldest of four children. [1] His father, Rashid Khan, a graduate of the London School of Economics, ran a prosperous glass factory. [5] Hasnat Khan is a distant cousin of Imran Khan. [6]


Until 1991 he worked in Sydney, Australia and then began to work in London. [7] [8] He served at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London from 1995 to 1996, then he began to work at the London Chest Hospital. In 2000, he worked at St Bart's hospital, after which he served at Harefield Hospital. In November 2007, he resigned from the post and began to head a cardiac hospital in Malaysia. [9] As of August 2013, Khan is working as a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Basildon University Hospital. [10]

Personal life

Relationship with the Princess of Wales

Khan had a two-year relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales, who is said to have described him as "Mr Wonderful". [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] In May 1996, Diana visited the Khan family in Lahore. [16] [17] According to Diana's butler Paul Burrell, who, in Diana:The Royal Truth described Khan as her true soul mate, the princess ended the relationship in June 1997. [18] [19]

Diana's friends are reported to have described Hasnat as the 'love of her life' and to have spoken of her distress when he ended their relationship. [5] He, however, is said to be reticent about speaking of how much he may have meant to her or even how much she meant to him. [20] Khan attended Diana's funeral ceremony at Westminster Abbey, in September 1997. [9] [21]

The heart surgeon told the police in 2004 that he doubted she had been pregnant when she died, because she always took her contraceptive pills. [22] In March 2008, Khan said in a written statement to Lord Justice Scott Baker's inquest into Diana's death that their relationship had begun in the late summer of 1995, and that although they had talked about getting married he believed that he would find the inevitable media attention "hell". Khan also said he believed the car crash which caused Diana's death was a tragic accident. [23]


Khan married 28-year-old Hadia Sher Ali in Pakistan, descended from Afghan Royalty, in May 2006. [24] [25] In July 2008, Khan and Ali filed an application for divorce in the local arbitration council of Islamabad. [20]

In media

The relationship between Khan and Princess Diana is portrayed in the film Diana (2013), directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and based on Kate Snell's book Diana: Her Last Love (2001). [26] Khan is played by Naveen Andrews, while Diana is played by Naomi Watts. [26]

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