Princess Diana’s ex-lover calls biopic ‘a betrayal’ of facts

Published: October 9, 2013

Hasnat says that he always kept his relationship discreet but this movie is making things difficult for him. PHOTO: FILE

The movie Diana caused quite a stir ever since it was announced, with the late princess’ ex-beau cardiologist Hasnat Khan being the main target. Last month, Princess Diana’s close friend Jemima Khan revealed some hidden secrets about Diana’s relationship with Khan. However, Khan chose to remain silent over media’s growing curiosity.

But now after the release of the film, the 54-year-old doctor has finally faced the critics and slammed it. Khan told The Sun that even though he hasn’t seen the film, he believes, “it’s based on a superficial idea and is a betrayal” of facts, according to nydailynews.com. For the longest time, Khan was tight-lipped but “when it’s in your face, it’s hard”.

“I can see a lot of humour in a lot of bad things, but in this one, I can’t,” he said. “I haven’t seen the film and I haven’t met anyone who has seen it. But I can tell you for sure that it’s based on a superficial idea. I have kept things very discreet, but now this film is trying to open things up again.”

Khan has never discussed any details of their relationship publicly and feels that the movie is now making things difficult. “The past few weeks have been tough,” he told the Daily Mail. “I know Diana would be saying, ‘Stay focused and keep getting on with your life … Be happy’.”

Khan has also rejected the claim that his family refused to get them married because Diana was a non-Muslim. Divorced in 2008, Khan is now single and practices medicine in England.

Reader Comments (20)

  • Np
    Oct 9, 2013 - 5:28PM

    Has not seen the movie or met anyone who has seen but yet has strong ideas about the film. On what basis?

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  • M. Emad
    Oct 9, 2013 - 6:25PM

    A Pakistani should be a sarvent of British.

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  • Thor
    Oct 9, 2013 - 6:54PM

    “I haven’t seen the film and I haven’t met anyone who has seen it. But I can tell you for sure that it’s based on a superficial idea. *
    wow doctor. Ur just amazing, ur sixth sense is like Pakistani Molana who haven’t opened YouTube in life but still wants it ban.
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  • ashar
    Oct 9, 2013 - 7:13PM

    @Np:
    On the basis of his relationship with the Princess. He knows his hard time are ahead again.

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  • np
    Oct 9, 2013 - 7:56PM

    @ashar: “@Np:On the basis of his relationship with the Princess. He knows his hard time are ahead again”.

    Sorry fail to understand your logic. I have no problem in agreeing that he knows the truth about that relationship. However for him to claim that the truth was not fairly portrayed in the movie, surely he should either have seen the movie or at least discussed it with someone who HAS seen the movie. Otherwise his opinion about the movie is a “betrayal” is not foundedRecommend

  • GS@Y
    Oct 9, 2013 - 7:57PM

    Why didn’t he just marry her. GAWD!

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  • Thaer Khan
    Oct 9, 2013 - 8:08PM

    @Thor, if some body makes a movie about you based on the assumptions of your girlfriend’s driver, you would also label it the same without watching

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  • Noman
    Oct 9, 2013 - 9:44PM

    @IndianDude:
    Are you stupid or just ignorant. Diana was already divorced from Charles and no more a part of the Palace or the Government. You are one of the biased senseless idiots planted by the Indian Govt to pass biased comments. Fool!

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  • Oct 9, 2013 - 11:37PM

    They sent him the film’s script while it was in production. That’s how he knows. I feel the comments were harsh, but I can’t blame them. I feel the report should have mentioned this fact.

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  • np
    Oct 9, 2013 - 11:55PM

    @Noman Ansari: Thanks for that information. This addresses the question I had to an extent. But still leaves open questions. If the film producers had sent him a script before filming and he had found the script to be a ‘betrayal’, one would imagine that the script would have been changed to address the concern. If the producers did not care one way for another for the good Doctor’s opinion/concerns, then why would they have sent the script to him in the first place?Recommend

  • gp65
    Oct 10, 2013 - 12:06AM

    ET Mods – There are two separate people who have made broad sweeping generalisations (on either side of the border). Please let me call out such intolerance.

    @Noman: “You are one of the biased senseless idiots planted by the Indian Govt to pass biased comments. Fool!”

    @Indian Dude’s comment was hateful and regrettable. I had written a separate note criticizing such a broad hateful sweeping generalisation – which incidentally is definitely not shared widely in India. Having said that, your generalisation that Indian government actually pays to have such post such unsubstantiated accusations is also a broad sweeping hateful generalisation. So your actions are no different from the person that drew such a sharp response from you.Recommend

  • no evidence.
    Oct 10, 2013 - 12:09AM

    @Thaer Khan: “@Thor, if some body makes a movie about you based on the assumptions of your girlfriend’s driver, you would also label it the same without watching”

    The movie was about Diana not Hasnat. There is no evidence that the chauffer’s opinion was the only thing that was considered while making that decision.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Oct 10, 2013 - 12:15AM

    If Princess Diana during her lifetime has not revealed any thing about Hasnat Khan, then it is better not to malign Princess Diana after her tragic death.

    Hasnat Khan is tight lipped and Princess Diana is no more in the world to admit or clarify her position.

    Let’s close this debate here.

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Oct 10, 2013 - 1:57AM

    @Noman, LOL. Mission accomplished.

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  • IndianDude
    Oct 10, 2013 - 5:25AM

    Noman & all the pakistani,
    I meant it as a tonque in cheek comment but obviously it was in a bad taste.
    gp65, nobody appointed you as a voice of india, calm down.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Oct 10, 2013 - 7:35AM

    The good doctor has to be careful. Otherwise, he could, like Diana, finish up being very ill in a Paris tunnel.

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  • 007
    Oct 10, 2013 - 9:04AM

    “I can see a lot of humour in a lot of bad things, but in this one, I can’t” – this line defines why Diana fell for him. With an attitude like this she had to fall in love with this guy. After all, “If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything” (Marylin Monroe). And I also liked when Diana said, “Hasnat is the one person who will never sell me out”. This is quite an interesting love story and Hasnat’s preference to stay private makes it even more intriguing. Seems a good man.

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  • Abdali
    Oct 12, 2013 - 9:31AM

    Hasnat wont have to worry if there is any NO wrongdoing on his part. Diana is already gone – and any moral/ethical person wont CAPITALIZE on her absence. But hey, we are talking about WESTERN / movies things – so there is no consideration about truth/falsehood, living/dead, morals/ethics or religion as well – as far as it makes money!

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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Oct 20, 2013 - 1:32AM

    Even our Punjabi stage actor Amanat Chan alias Kaala Butt, would have more suited for the role of Hasnat Khan then the Dravidian “Naveen Andrews”.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:40AM

    He appears to respect his and his friends’ privacy. Being a physician, Hasnat can read and write which would have provided him enough exposure to familiarise with some cruicial details of the upcoming movie. Probably his circle of friends had discussed it over naan and curry which according to him was basis enough to form an educated opinion.
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    It definitely shows a greater personal integrity by him not aping IK to capitalise on a his personal loss to become the cornerstone of his political career.
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    Thanks for not becoming a politician.

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