Hasnat Khan was born on 1 April 1959 in Jhelum, Pakistan. The son of an entrepreneur, he is the eldest of four siblings. A brilliant pupil, he turned towards medical studies. His family sent him to study in England, at the Imperial College School of Medicine in London, where he graduated from.
Hasnat Khan moved abroad to Australia, where he practiced for many years. In the 1990s, the surgeon, specialising in cardiology, moved to England. He worked in London in different institutions; the Royal Brompton Hospital and then the London Chest Hospital. In 2007, while working at Harefield Hospital, he resigned from his position to head a cardiology department in Malaysia. After several years, he returned to Essex, England, where he became a cardiothoracic consultant at Basildon University Hospital. At the same time, in his native country, he became involved with the Abdul Razzaq Welfare Trust Hospital in Badlote, where he helped to set up a charitable cardiology service for the most needy.
In September 1995, Hasnat Khan met Diana of England, during an official visit of the Princess to the Royal Brampton Hospital. A few weeks later, the couple began a romance. Diana was then in the midst of divorce proceedings with Prince Charles of England (the judgement will be pronounced in August 1996). At the end of 1996, the press revealed the relationship between the surgeon and the Princess, who would then receive a great deal of media exposure. The couple will live an idyll for almost two years, until June 1997. But on August 31, 1997, Diana died in a car accident in Paris, alongside her new companion, Dodi Al-Fayed. On 6 September 1997, Hasnat Khan went to her funeral, held at Westminster Abbey in London.
In 2001, the English author and director Kate Snell revisits their romance in the book The Last Love of Diana. At the end of the 1990s, Kate Snell met Hasnat Khan but the latter never wanted to collaborate on the book. In 2013, the book is adapted for the cinema with the biopic Diana, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Hasnat Khan is played on screen by Naveen Andrews, and Naomi Watts lends her features to Diana.
In 2006, Hasnat Khan married Hadia Sher Ali, a young woman of Afghan origin, but the couple divorced two years later. Later, he shares the life of Alexandra Panagoulas, a cardiologist of Greek origin, but the couple separates after a few years.
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