Princess Diana’s lover breaks silence and claims Martin Bashir ‘exploited’ her

Princess Diana courted Hasnat Khan for two years (Image: Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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Princess Diana's former lover Hasnat Khan has claimed BBC reporter Martin Bashir "exploited" the Princess of Wales and "filled her head with rubbish".

Mr Khan, the heart surgeon dubbed "Mr Wonderful" by Diana during their two-year relationship, has broken his silence to criticise Bashir for tricking Diana into her 1995 Panorama interview.

Diana's former lover spoke to the Daily Mail following allegations that Bashir used forged bank statements to claim palace courtiers and a former head of security for Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother, were receiving cash for information on the Princess of Wales.

Bashir gained the trust of Charles Spencer before being introduced to Diana and convincing her to be interviewed for the bombshell programme that sent shockwaves through the royal family before her divorce from Prince Charles.

A barrister acting for Alan Waller, Earl Spencer’s former head of security, has urged the Metropolitan Police to investigate.

Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana in Kensington Palace for the television program Panorama
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Lord Dyson, a former Master of the Rolls and Head of the Court of Appeal, is leading an inquiry into Bashir's Panorama interview commissioned by the BBC. The inquiry is ongoing and is not yet completed.

Mr Khan, 62, said he chose to speak to the Daily Mail after a friend of the BBC religion editor got in touch, begging for help.

Diana and Mr Khan's romance began in 1995 and continued until 1997, ending shortly before the princess's tragic death.

Mr Khan told the Daily Mail: "One of her most attractive qualities was her vulnerability. It was what endeared her to the public.

"I later realised that Martin picked on those vulnerabilities and exploited them. He was very persuasive with Diana."

During her courtship with Mr Khan, Diana initially referred to Bashir as Dr Jarman – a secret name she gave him due to fears her telephone line was being tapped.

According to M Khan, Bashir "manipulated" the princess.

Hasnat Khan was dubbed 'Mr Wonderful' by Diana during their two-year relationship
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Martin Bashir allegedly 'exploited' the Princess of Wales
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During a meeting between Mr Khan, Diana and Bashir at a country pub, the BBC reporter allegedly started asking "direct personal questions" about the relationship between Mr Khan and Diana – an act which left the heart-surgeon deeply offended.

"It was intimate stuff," he said.

Mr Khan, now a consultant surgeon at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals in Essex, believed Diana appeared on Panorama in a bid to force a divorce because her husband had got away with "whatever he wanted".

The princess's relationship with Bashir came to a sudden end, according to Mr Khan, partly due to the input of Prince William.

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"I asked why and she said because of William," Mr Khan said.

"If that is the case I could certainly believe it, because the boys were central to everything she did."

Bashir, who remains in his post as Religious Affairs editor for the BBC, is currently signed off work while he recovers from quadruple heart bypass surgery and complications from having contracted Covid-19 last year.

There have been no responses to requests for comment to the BBC, Martin Bashir or his agent.

The BBC has said in a previous statement: “The BBC has made clear it will investigate the issues raised and that this will be independent.

“We will set out the terms of reference in due course. We will do everything possible to get to the bottom of this.”

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