Diana, the biopic based on Kate Snell’s book about the Princess of Wales and her lover, Dr. Hasnat Khan, is due to open internationally on September 5th. The world premiere will take place in London’s Leicester Square. The US release date for the film, starring Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews, is currently slated for November 1st.
Dr. Khan, a heart surgeon, met the Princess at the Royal Brompton Hospital, while treating her friend’s husband. The couple secretly dated for two years, and broke up shortly before Diana’s death in August 1997. Dr. Khan spoke to the Mail on Sunday this weekend about the upcoming film, and his disapproval, despite producers claiming they had his “tacit acceptance.”
“I don’t see this movie doing well at all,” Dr. Khan told the paper. ”It is based on gossip and Diana’s friends talking about a relationship that they didn’t know much about, and some of my relatives who didn’t know much about it either. It is all based on hypotheses and gossip.”
Dr. Khan saw an image online of Watts and Andrews in character, and knew that the film was a sham.
“I could tell immediately those were never our mannerisms at all, with [my] hands folded behind the back and all that.
“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. There wasn’t any hierarchy in our relationship. She wasn’t a Princess and I wasn’t a doctor. ”
Despite Snell’s claim that she met with the doctor before writing her book, Khan denies much interaction beyond a brief meeting in the late 90s.
“I really don’t know how she got her information because even my very close friends didn’t know what was going on between me and the Princess,” he said.
Watch a trailer below for Diana.