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Diana's 'Mr Wonderful' divorces wife

Pak heart surgeon Hasnat Khan whom the Princess famously described as "Mr Wonderful", has divorced his wife. It is believed that the Princess cast a shadow over his marriage even 10 years after her death.

world Updated: Jul 19, 2008 13:50 IST

Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, who stole the late Princess Diana's heart, has divorced his wife of 18 months.

Khan, whom the Princess famously described as "Mr Wonderful", had married 29-year-old Hadia Sher Ali, a Pakistani descendant from Afghan royalty, in a lavish ceremony in Pakistan in May 2006.

Though Khan blamed "multiple reasons" for his separation, it is believed that the Princess cast a shadow over his marriage even 10 years after her death.

Khan and Ali had filed an application for divorce in the Arbitration Council of Islamabad.

Kamran Cheema, the chairman of the Council, heard their case and decided to issue the divorce certificate, The Post newspaper reported.

Khan met Diana at Royal Brompton Hospital, where she was visiting a friend recovering from heart surgery. They pursued a discreet two-year affair that finished a few months before her death in a car crash in 1997.

The Princess's closest friends described Khan, now 48, as the love of her life and spoke of her distress when he ended their relationship. He, however, is reticent about speaking of how much he may have meant to her or even how much she meant to him.

But for Khan, Diana was first and foremost a warm, generous woman who just happened to be a princess. "I found her a very normal person with great qualities," he told the Sunday Telegraph earlier this year. (MORE)

Their relationship was serious enough for his family to meet the Princess during her 1996 visit to Pakistan, when she wore a shalwar kameez to meet his parents.

"She really enjoyed her time when she came here. She also enjoyed the afternoon tea she had with my family. And I think she very much liked the Asian family's eccentric culture," Khan said.

Though Khan has always been reluctant to talk about his relationship with Diana, his father - who graduated from the London School of Economics in 1956 said his son thought they were too culturally different.

"If I married her, 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 told his father Abdul Rasheed Khan.