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Born: September 28, 1968
Shoreham, Kent, England, UK
Born: July 1, 1961
Birthplace: Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK
Death: August 31, 1997, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France (automobile accident)
Born: January 17, 1969
London, England, UK
Dr. Hasnat Khan
Born: April 1, 1959
Birthplace: Jhelum, Pakistan
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Born: April 15, 1955
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Death: August 31, 1997, Pont de l'Alma, Paris, France (automobile accident)
Born: February 25, 1960
Plymouth, Devon, England, UK
Born: June 6, 1958
Birthplace: Grassmoor, Derbyshire, England, UK
(Princess Diana's butler)
Arguably the most accurate aspect of the Diana movie is the wardrobe, as made evident by the slideshow below. The true story behind the Diana movie reveals that the filmmakers went to great lengths to recreate Diana's iconic looks, even hiring the same designers when feasible. Jacques Azagury, one of Diana's friends and favorite dress makers, was given the task of producing replicas of some of her most memorable dresses.
No. The UK newspaper the Mail reported that the filmmakers behind the Diana movie repeatedly tried to gain Dr. Hasnat Khan's support and cooperation for the film, with the film's producer even stating that the movie had Khan's "tacit acceptance". However, Dr. Khan tells a somewhat different story. "I haven't spoken to anyone involved in that movie," says Dr. Hasnat Khan. "I have never given my approval for it." Khan says that the filmmakers attempted to contact him a number of times but he rebuffed them.
The relationship between Dr. Hasnat Khan and Princess Diana lasted approximately two years, beginning in the late summer of 1995 and ending in June 1997, several weeks before her death on August 31, 1997.
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel says that the movie is "based on the accounts of several people, and the inquest in which there were hundreds of pages discussing their relationship." The movie drew much of its source material from Kate Snell's 2001 book Diana: Her Last Love (available in the right column). Hirschbiegel admits, "It is not a documentary but a dramatic interpretation. In a love story you have to create four or five dramatic scenes that make it work." The film's attempt to chronicle Diana's secret relationship has drawn criticism from audiences and critics alike, who claim that the movie is based more on speculation and gossip than on fact, a point that the real-life Dr. Hasnat Khan has also emphasized. -Sky News
This is widely accepted as being true, despite Diana's use of the nickname being mainly reported by the tabloids and not directly from the princess herself. In a recent conversation, Diana's former energy healer, Simone Simmons, said that shortly after their relationship began, Diana told her, "I think I've met my Mr. Wonderful." (Vanity Fair) It is not clear if this is exactly how the nickname came to stick. Regardless, today Dr. Hasnat Khan is widely known as Diana's 'Mr. Wonderful'. He has not denounced the nickname as being untrue, then again, being called 'Mr. Wonderful' is not something that most people would feel the urgent need to correct.
Khan was someone that Princess Diana felt she could trust and who would not use her. According to the September 2013 Vanity Fair article "Diana's Impossible Dream" by Sarah Ellison, Diana reportedly told a friend during the summer of her death, "Everybody sells me out. Hasnat is the one person who will never sell me out."
"There wasn't any hierarchy in our relationship," says Hasnat Khan, critiquing a still photo captured from the Diana movie trailer. "She wasn't a princess and I wasn't a doctor. We were friends, and normal people stand like friends with each other. That one still picture told me a lot about how they will portray things in the film and I can see [it] is wrong." -ABC News
When they first met at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 1995, Diana's friend Oonagh Toffolo (pictured above) recalls that upon being introduced to Diana in the waiting room, Dr. Hasnat Khan nodded and left to attend to his work, barely acknowledging the woman he had just met. "It is doubtful if in her entire adult life Diana, the Princess of Wales, had ever made less of an impression on someone!," Toffolo stated in the Mirror following Diana's death. After the doctor left, Princess Diana turned to her friend to comment on how gorgeous he was.
Yes. The Diana movie true story reveals that Dr. Hasnat Khan couldn't make a meaningful commitment to the princess because he couldn't handle the media intrusion into their lives. "Even after two years, the relationship wasn't leading to a meaningful progression or conclusion," says Khan, "and that was the main stress on both of us." -Mail Online
In Hasnat Khan's written statement that was read to the jury during the 2008 inquiry, Khan states that Princess Diana ended their relationship shortly after she returned from a vacation with Mohamed Al Fayed (Dodi's father) and his family. Khan suspected there was someone else because Diana seemed "not her normal self". Khan says that he was "surprised when she said there was no-one else." -BBC
Yes. As part of the divorce settlement, Diana was stripped of the HRH (Her Royal Highness) title that had been given to her when she married Prince Charles. However, despite losing the coveted HRH title, she still retained her title Princess of Wales (also bestowed upon her when she married Charles). Following the divorce, she also learned that the Queen was responsible for deleting her name from those members of the Royal Family who are mentioned in prayers in Anglican churches. -Mail Online
Despite losing her HRH (Her Royal Highness) title in the divorce settlement, the AP reported that Charles agreed to pay Diana a lump sum of $26.35 million, and roughly $620,000 a year to run her private office. The exes also agreed to share custody of their two sons, William, 14, and Harry, 11.
According to some of the real Princess Diana's friends, including businesswoman and charity campaigner Rosa Monckton (the former managing director of Tiffany & Co.), they were convinced that Diana's relationship with Dodi Al Fayed during the last weeks of her life was for the most part an attempt to make Dr. Khan jealous. Monckton believes that Diana was still in love with Khan and wanted to be with him. -Mail Online
No. The movie's producer Robert Bernstein was quoted in the Mail as saying, "Kate Snell has met Hasnat two or three times and they got on very well. He trusted her to the extent that he allowed her to meet his family and his friends and it's through that relationship that we were able to move forward, and we're confident that there is a sort of tacit acceptance from his family and Hasnat that what we are doing is OK."
"She (Diana) could be living very happily and married and having more kids, with me or with someone else. It could have led in that direction. I try not to think about these things," says Khan. "I can't change anything now." On each anniversary of her death, he takes time off and goes away, often returning to his home town in Pakistan. It's his way of avoiding being reminded of the tragedy. -Mail Online
Watch the actual video of the real Princess Diana walking through the Angolan land mine field and view her famous 1995 Panorama interview.
WATCHPrincess Diana Walks Through a Mine Field
In 1997, the real Princess Diana traveled
to Angola to raise awareness for land mine
clearance. This footage shows her walking
through a partially cleared mine field and
detonating a land mine. The highly
publicized moment was recreated for the
Diana movie starring Naomi Watts.
WATCHPrincess Diana's Panorama Interview (1995)
Diana talks about her struggles with
living up to her duties as the Princess of
Wales. She also talks about battling
depression that led to self-mutilation and
a struggle with bulimia, both the result
of dealing with the anxiety caused in part
by a troubled marriage. It is one of her
most well-known and candid interviews.
WATCHPrincess Diana Watches a Heart Operation
View a news report featuring footage of
Princess Diana watching a young boy's
heart operation at Harefield Hospital in
London in 1996. She observed the four-hour
operation in the operating room dressed in
a surgical masked and gown. In the video,
Diana says that she gains much more
insight and knowledge from actually seeing
what the doctors and nurses do. Chain of
Hope, a charity Diana was involved with,
made the surgery possible by bringing the
boy from Cameroon to the UK where the
operation could be performed.
WATCHPrincess Diana Narrates Her Land Mine TV Special
Princess Diana narrates this footage from
her 1997 trip to Angola to raise awareness
for the clearing of land mines. The
princess talks to the innocent victims of
land mine explosions. At one point, we see
her twice push away the microphone of a
reporter, whom she felt was being too
intrusive toward one land mine victim.
WATCHDiana Movie Trailer
Watch the Diana trailer for the
film that explores that last two years of
Princess Diana's life, specifically her
secret intimate relationship with Dr.
Hasnat Khan, a heart surgeon. Actress
Naomi Watts portrays the late princess and
actor Naveen Andrews (TV's LOST)
portrays Dr. Khan.