Celebrated and adored by millions, she was the Queen of people's hearts, yet the bittersweet story of the last man to truly capture hers has never been told.PT2M14S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2spfz 620 349 August 28, 2013
Princess Diana's former boyfriend has criticised the film about their relationship, but in doing so has splashed it across the papers.
When is a public tongue lashing really a blessing? Perhaps when it's timed to hit the headlines a month before the film it's aimed at premieres.
I don't see this movie doing at all well. It is based on gossip and Diana's friends talking about a relationship they didn't know much about, and some of my relatives who didn't know much about it either.
The former beau of Princess Diana, Hasnat Khan has cast irony aside and told the British tabloid press that the new film Diana, which in part looks at their relationship, is based on "hypotheses and gossip".
Diana the movie
Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in Diana
The film, based on Kate Snell's book Diana: Her Last Love, focuses on the final two years of the princess's life, including her relationship with Dr Khan which ended shortly before her death alongside Dodi Fayed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.
The surgeon, whom the princess dubbed "Mr Wonderful" according to the tabloids, has made the claims to the Daily Mail after watching a trailer and seeing still images from the biopic, including a photo of actors Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews at Harefield Hospital in London, where he and Diana met.
“You could tell from that picture that it is all just presumed about how we would behave with each other, and they have got it completely wrong,” he said. “I could tell immediately those were never our mannerisms at all, with my hands folded behind the back and all that. There wasn't any hierarchy in our relationship. She wasn't a princess and I wasn't a doctor. We were friends, and normal people stand like friends with each other.”
Dr Khan has vowed never to watch the film and predicted its failure, saying: “I don't see this movie doing at all well. It is based on gossip and Diana's friends talking about a relationship they didn't know much about, and some of my relatives who didn't know much about it either.”
Dr Khan's prediction of box office failure seems at odds with the tabloid attention his words are generating. In fact the producers must be thrilled with the free publicity.
It also runs counter to the bookmakers, who have Watts firmly in the Best Actress Oscar race. The film is to be released in North America on November 1, just before Hollywood's awards season.
Watts, a double Oscar nominee, has admitted she was reluctant to take on the title role and initially turned it down.
Diana will be released in Australia on October 10.