Thirty-two years ago yesterday, Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles and became the Princess of Wales.
Thirty-two years ago yesterday, Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles and became the Princess of Wales. Now three decades after her epic wedding
and almost 16 years since her tragic death, fascination with Princess Diana remains. Today, Vanity Fair
released its September cover with Princess Diana on it, offering more evidence that interest in the late people's princess has not faded. Below, let's examine the latest resurgence in coverage.
Her Secret Lover
Dr. Hasnat Khan is the subject of the new Vanity Fair article titled The Grandmother Prince George Never Knew: Revisiting Diana and the True Love of Her Life. The Pakistani heart surgeon dated Diana between 1995 and 1997. The article claims that she wanted to marry the doctor and considered moving to Pakistan. It quotes Diana, reading: "'Everybody sells me out,' Diana told a friend the summer of her death. 'Hasnat is the one person who will never sell me out.'" According to the piece, Hasnat's conservative family, as well as his distaste for the spotlight sabotaged the relationship. It also implies that Diana's infamous relationship with Dodi Fayed was designed to make Hasnat, the man she truly loved, jealous. Vanity Fair also covered the topic in 2007 with an excerpt from Tina Brown's book The Diana Chronicles. And the clandestine relationship is examined in the upcoming film Diana, starting Naomi Watts.
The Would-Be Grandmother
With the birth of Prince William's son, much sentimental attention has turned to Princess Diana. For example, Kate's choice of a postpartum polka-dot dress brought back the memory of Diana wearing a similar print while leaving the hospital with Prince William. Former acquaintances recently have been quoted in the papers as saying Diana would have made a wonderful grandmother, and there is constant speculation that Prince William will follow his mother's hands-on parenting example. Considering Diana's work with children is a major part of her legacy, it's natural her memory is being evoked upon the birth of her first grandchild.
Find out how Diana's image and objects are still highly-coveted when you keep reading.