Princess Diana described Hasnat Khan as ‘Mr Wonderful’ and friends said the heart surgeon was the love of her life.
Now, Khan, 57, hopes to have found the love of his life. I hear he has become engaged to a beautiful Muslim woman many years his junior.
She is understood to be called Somi Sohail and accompanied him to a ball in London’s Mayfair this weekend held by the charity Chain of Hope.
‘Hasnat is very happy,’ a friend tells me. ‘He hasn’t told us much yet about Somi, but they plan to get married and have children. We are delighted for him.’
The surgeon shared an intimate relationship with Diana until just months before her death in 1997.
Princess Diana described Hasnat Khan (pictured left) as ‘Mr Wonderful’ and friends said the heart surgeon was the love of her life. Now, Khan, 57, hopes to have found the love of his life. I hear he has become engaged to a beautiful Muslim woman called Somi Sohail (pictured right) many years his junior, writes Sebastian Shakespeare
‘I found her a very normal person with great qualities,’ he said in 2008, breaking an 11-year silence about the Princess.
After meeting at the Royal Brompton Hospital, where Diana was visiting a friend who was recovering from a heart operation, they pursued a discreet, two-year affair that finished in the early summer of 1997.
The Princess’s closest friends have spoken of her distress when he ended their relationship, which was serious enough for his family to meet her during her 1996 visit to Pakistan, when she wore a traditional shalwar kameez — baggy trousers teamed with a flowing dress — out of respect for their Muslim faith.
It is understood that at one point Diana was so smitten she contemplated converting to Islam so they could marry. She abandoned the idea when he decided their relationship could not work long-term.
Princess Diana is pictured in 1996 in an operating theatre in Harefield Hospital in London
His father, Abdul Rasheed Khan, said his son had told the family: ‘If I married her [Diana], our marriage would not last for more than a year. We are culturally so different from each other.
She is from Venus and I am from Mars. If it ever happened, it would be like a marriage from two different planets.’
Khan introduced Diana to Chain of Hope, for which he is a volunteer surgeon.
A decade after her death, he wed Hadia Sher Ali, a Pakistani descendant from Afghan royalty, who was 29 at the time. However, their arranged marriage ended after just 18 months.
Last night, Khan and Miss Sohail could not be reached for comment.
Choir leaves George’s school on sour note
The choir based at Prince George’s (pictured) school in Battersea, south London, has quit after 19 years over increased security measures introduced to protect the young royal, writes Sebastian Shakespeare
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they would be sending Prince George to Thomas’s school, fellow parents were delighted their little darlings would be educated with the future king.
Ten weeks into his first term, however, some of them could be forgiven for wondering if the social cachet is worth the headache.
For I can reveal that a choir based at the school in Battersea, South London, for 19 years has quit after security measures — including signing in and other restrictions — introduced after the Prince’s arrival made weekly rehearsals so difficult.
The Battersea Choral Society is now preparing for its Christmas concert at Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Square on December 12 at another school.
Spokesmen for Kensington Palace and Thomas’s school declined to comment.
Drink and drive Clarkson style
Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson is pictured with his 46-year-old girlfriend Lisa Hogan
Jeremy Clarkson 57, has shared this picture of his girlfriend, Irish actress Lisa Hogan, 46, sipping wine served from two drawers he’s had fitted in place of the rear seat in his Range Rover
Here’s a swanky feature to impress Jeremy Clarkson’s well-heeled chums in the so-called Chipping Norton set in the Cotswolds.
The Grand Tour host, 57, has shared this picture of his girlfriend, Irish actress Lisa Hogan, 46, sipping wine served from two drawers he’s had fitted in place of the rear seat in his Range Rover.
Clarkson uses the other to store his guns for shoots near his Oxfordshire home.
Nothing can be sweeter, says scone eater Zeta
Actress Catherine Zeta Jones, 48, took to Facebook to share a picture of her and her father eating scones with clotted cream and jam when she visited the UK this weekend
With her peculiar mid-Atlantic drawl, Catherine Zeta-Jones seems more at home in Hollywood than her native South Wales these days, but she seemed happy to be back in Britain this weekend.
‘Always puts a smile on my face when I land in good old Blighty,’ the 48-year-old Oscar winner said online next to this picture of her about to tuck into a jam scone with her father, sweet factory owner David Jones.
‘Two of my favourite things in one picture. My daddy and my traditional British afternoon tea.’
She appears to have left her husband, Fatal Attraction star Michael Douglas, 73, behind. She once said: ‘It’s so funny, because Michael and my parents are the same age.’
Retail mogul Sir Philip Green’s (pictured) wife has been given the ‘Chevalier de l’ordre de Grimaldi. Lady Tina Green’s husband however is facing calls to have his knighthood revoked
Roly-poly retailer Sir Philip Green faced calls for his knighthood to be revoked after he sold BHS to a serial bankrupt, but now his wife Tina has been honoured.
Monaco resident Lady Green has been made a ‘Chevalier de l’ordre de Grimaldi’. ‘I’m very proud of her,’ the Topshop boss tells me.
‘She does a lot of work for charity.’ Green shed his ‘Sir Shifty’ nickname after stumping up £363 million to help fill the black hole in the BHS pension scheme.