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Lover hacked before Diana inquest

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LONDON: Dr Hasnet Khan, one-time lover of Princess Diana, has revealed that police believe his phone may have been hacked in the months before the inquest into her death, it emerged today.

The 53-year-old heart surgeon said he had been contacted by detectives after his name and mobile telephone number were found in paperwork uncovered during their investigations into phone hacking.

In an interview with Britain's Mail on Sunday Dr Khan said he felt ''violated'' to discover his voicemails may have been intercepted before the belated inquest in 2008. ''To know that someone has been listening to your private messages is awful,'' he said.

''It is absolutely terrible. It feels as if you have been robbed. We live in the UK. We are supposed to have civil liberties. I feel really, really violated. I am very angry.''

Scotland Yard reopened an inquiry into phone hacking last year - codenamed Operation Weeting - amid a steady flow of new revelations about the practice of intercepting the voice messages of high-profile people.

Dr Khan told the Mail on Sunday newspaper that any compensation he might receive would go to a heart unit he is setting up for children in Pakistan, which he and Diana had dreamed of building.

''Diana was one of those people who didn't just talk about things,'' he said.

An inquest on Diana's death heard that friends of the princess believed her two-year relationship with Dr Khan was serious, and he had met princes William and Harry. The pair separated in 1997.

PA

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