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Diana's lover: Memories of her have helped me through
4:10pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Echo News
A HEART surgeon at Basildon Hospital who was Princess Diana’s former lover has broken his silence over a controversial film about the pair’s relationship.
Hasnat Khan said memories of his two-year relationship with the royal were the only thing that have helped him cope with the release of the controversial film Diana last month.
The surgeon, who is based at the hospital’s Cardiothoracic Centre, spoke out as he revealed Princess Diana’s charity work had inspired him to set up a surgery in Ethiopia with charity Chain of Hope, which helps children with heart conditions across the Third World.
He said: “Sometimes, when I do a job like this, I do have these very strong feelings that Diana is still with me somehow.
“Not in a religious or spiritual sense, but in the way you feel when you’ve known someone really well in your life and instinctively know how they’d react in a given situation.
“The past few weeks have been tough and I know Diana would be saying: ‘Stay focused and keep getting on with your life. Help these children. Be happy’.
“I also know she would be proud of the sort of work we’re doing here in Ethiopia.”
Mr Khan said the recent film was a“betrayal” of his relationship with Diana, which he had fought to keep private.
The pair enjoyed a two-year romance that ended just weeks before the princess died.
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