Diana was upset when the news of her relationship broke out. She realized her dreams were impossible.
Born in an aristocratic family and then married to the Prince of England, Diana was always bound by restrictions. With her privileges came rules and regulations that tied her to a particular lifestyle. While many may have been thrilled to have an imperial life like her's, the princess felt she was held back by her prerogatives. She wanted to experience the life of a common man and yearned for normalcy. This deep desire in her made her fall in love with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, a junior surgeon employed by the National Health Service.
Diana met Khan in 1995 after she separated from her husband, Prince Charles. The princess was visiting her healer Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo’s husband at the Royal Brompton Hospital when she stumbled upon Khan. Diana was smitten but the busy doctor went off to finish his business without being slightly excited or bothered by the presence of the princess.
Toffolo, who witnessed their first encounter wrote in the Mirror, "It is doubtful if in her entire adult life Diana, the Princess of Wales, had ever made less of an impression on someone!,” according to Vanity Fair. As soon as Khan left the room, Diana looked excited like a teenager in love. She said, "Oonagh, isn’t he drop-dead gorgeous?”
That was the beginning of Diana's constant visits to the hospital just to catch a glimpse of the man who swept her off her feet. Shortly after, Diana locked eyes with Khan at the hospital elevator and Khan knew the princess was attracted to him.
They became friends and Diana often dropped by the hospital to meet him. After her repeated visits to the medical facility hiding away from the cameras and press, their friendship developed into a relationship. Diana was in love and told her friends about Khan. “I think I’ve met my Mr. Wonderful,” said the princess to Simone Simmons, her energy healer, according to Vanity Fair.
Diana adored Khan and did everything she could to gain his affection. She nurtured their relationship with lots of passion. Khan was often busy and had little time for romance. But, that did not bother the princess. When asked why she liked him, the princess told her friend, "Oh, I love him. He is so dedicated to his work," according to Vanity Fair.
Instead of complaining of his hectic profession, Diana found happiness in the few hours they were together. The couple often hid from the paparazzi by spending time at the Kensington Palace. When they wanted to venture out, the princess walked around in Khan's Chelsea neighborhood in disguise.
She did not act like royalty around him. She enjoyed cooking for him in the absence of her staff and was even willing to tidy up his one-bedroom apartment, do the dishes, and his laundry, according to Reader's Digest.
Khan was a commoner and the princess experienced a different life with him. She stood in line for late-night acts and even ordered her her own drinks at a pub. “We once went to the pub together and Diana asked if she could order the drinks because she had never done so before. She really enjoyed the experience and chatted away happily to the barman," told Khan to the police after Diana's death, according to Vanity Fair.
Diana's love for Khan was so strong that she even discussed marriage and having a daughter with him. But Khan knew it was impossible for the popular princess to get into such a relationship. He warned her and said, "I could see us having a vaguely normal life together would be if we went to Pakistan, as the press don’t bother you there," according to Vanity Fair.
Diana took his suggestion seriously. She immersed herself in his culture and tried to understand their customs and traditions. “Diana was madly in love with Hasnat Khan and wanted to marry him, even if that meant living in Pakistan, and that’s one of the reasons why we became friends," said Jemima Goldsmith, a distant cousin of Khan and a friend of the Princess. At the time, Jemima lived in Pakistan because she was married to the current PM of Pakistan, Imran Khan.
Having heard all about his native country, Diana took the efforts to spend time with Khan's close family. The humble princess was welcomed by them and they loved her. Soon, the news of her relationship with the doctor made headlines and the princess was upset. She thought of how the news would upset her sons and worried about it all. Meanwhile, Khan, who disliked the limelight, received threats in the mail. With the chaotic events that followed, Khan gave up on the idea of marrying the princess. Diana, on the other hand, realized, her dream of normal life or marriage was just impossible.