Princess Diana's ex Hasnat Khan gives rare interview shedding light on Panorama interview drama

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Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana in Kensington Palace for the television program Panorama in 1995.
Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana in Kensington Palace for the television program Panorama in 1995.
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  • The BBC has launched an investigation into Princess Diana's explosive 1995 Panorama interview.
  • This, after Charles Spencer accused journalist Martin Bashir of faking bank statements to persuade him to organise the interview.
  • Now, the notoriously private ex of the princess, Hasnat Khan, says he believes Diana was "manipulated" into giving the interview.

Princess Diana's ex Hasnat Khan, is speaking out, saying he believes she was "manipulated" and "exploited" into giving her infamous 1995 Panorama interview.

The British-Pakistani surgeon was in a romantic relationship with the princess between 1995 and up until 1997, just before her tragic death, and speaks of Diana's "vulnerability" following the BBC's investigation into the interview with Martin Bashir.

In case you missed it, Charles Spencer, Diana's brother, has called out the BBC claiming Martin faked bank statements to persuade him to organise an interview with the princess. He claims he played on his – and Diana's – fears, having them believe a source within their team was leaking information to the press.

BBC has since hired former British Supreme Court Judge John Dyson, Lord Dyson to lead an independent investigation into the matter, while Prince William has called it a "step in the right direction".

"One of her most attractive qualities was her vulnerability," Hasnat Khan, who rarely speaks of Diana and their relationship, has since said in an interview with the Daily Mail. "It was what endeared her to the public. I later realised that Martin picked on those vulnerabilities and exploited them."

He added: "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."

"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," he said after meeting Martin. "There was something about Bashir I didn't like. I told her to be careful of him."

He 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?"  

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