Princess Diana's Ex Breaks His Silence to Speak Out About Her Infamous BBC Interview

Princess Diana's ex, Hasnat Khan, is breaking his silence to speak out against Martin Bashir and Diana's infamous BBC interview.

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  • In a rare interview, Princess Diana's former love Hasnat Khan is speaking out about the controversy surrounding her infamous BBC Panorama interview. 
  • Khan, now 62, dated Diana from 1995 until shortly before her death in 1997 and was present for at least one meeting she had with journalist Martin Bashir ahead of the explosive interview.
  • "One of her most attractive qualities was her vulnerability. It was what endeared her to the public. I later realized that Martin [Bashir] picked on those vulnerabilities and exploited them," Khan said of the situation.

Princess Diana's (opens in new tab) ex, cardiologist Hasnat Khan, who dated the late royal from 1995 until shortly before her death in 1997, is breaking his silence and opening up about her infamous BBC Panorama interview (opens in new tab)

"One of her most attractive qualities was her vulnerability. It was what endeared her to the public. I later realized that Martin [Bashir] picked on those vulnerabilities and exploited them," Khan, now 62, told the Daily Mail (opens in new tab). "He was very persuasive with Diana. It was all about him being from the BBC, being respectable and very pious even. But he filled her head with rubbish."

Khan is famously private, according to People (opens in new tab), and has rarely spoken publicly about Diana over the years, but decided to weigh in on the ongoing controversy surrounding her BBC interview (opens in new tab), which he says made her paranoid "with talk of bugs and phone-tapping."

The cardiologist also shared a story about a meeting he sat in on with Diana and Bashir (opens in new tab) ahead of the infamous interview.

"Almost from the word go, he started asking me the most direct personal questions about Diana and our relationship. Why didn't we get married? When were we going to get married? That kind of thing. There was something about Bashir I didn't like. I told her to be careful of him," Khan said. "Of course I am not naïve. I knew that there was a part of Diana that wanted to give an interview but my question is if Martin Bashir had not been there persuading her, would she ever have done it?"

Kayleigh Roberts
Weekend Editor

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.