Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jilted Diana 'Used Dodi to Get Back at Surgeon'; Gifts: Mohamed Fayed at the Inquest Today Central Role: Paul Burrell and the Princess. He Told the Inquest into Her Death Today That He Connected Diana with All Her Friendsthe Butler Saw, Said And

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jilted Diana 'Used Dodi to Get Back at Surgeon'; Gifts: Mohamed Fayed at the Inquest Today Central Role: Paul Burrell and the Princess. He Told the Inquest into Her Death Today That He Connected Diana with All Her Friendsthe Butler Saw, Said And

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Byline: ROBERT JOBSON, PAUL CHESTON

PRINCESS Diana was intensely in love with heart surgeon Hasnat Khanright up to her death, Paul Burrell told the High Court today.

The princess's former butler said she regarded the Pakistan-born doctor as her"soulmate" and had no such feelings for Dodi Fayed.

Taking the stand at the inquest into the deaths of Diana and Dodi, Mr Burrellsaid he believed her relationship with Mohamed Fayed's son was to "get back" atthe surgeon after their split.

The two-year relationship between her and Mr Khanwho is now 48 and was a senior registrar at a number of London hospitalswas "deep and spiritual", Mr Burrell told the jury.

Princes William and Harry knew of their mother's romance and "liked" Dr Khan,he said. Princess Margaret, her next-door neighbour, was aware of their"clandestine comings and goings".

Mr Burrell, 49, who has written books about his time with the Princess, said DrKhan did not want the limelight, fearing it would jeopardise his career.

"The Princess said this was her soulmate, the man she loved more than anyother," Mr Burrell said. "It was a very deep and very spiritual relationshipwhich I witnessed at first handthey were much in love." He added that the princess had made initial plans formarriage, without the knowledge of Dr Khan, in autumn 1996.

"She asked me if I would arrange a private marriage between her and Dr Khan,"he said. "So I approached my parish priest, Father Anthony Parsons.

"My wife and my children are Catholic and attend Mass at the Carmelite churchin Kensington Church Street, and the princess and I regularly prayed there.

"I asked Father Parsons about that possibility without naming names. It wasobvious to him who I was speaking aboutbut he didn't know the man's name." The butler was told to plan for Dr Khanmoving into Kensington Palace.

"Plans were being laid by the princess and myself for Dr Khan to have his ownquarters," he said. "We would turn some rooms into Dr Khan's own rooms where hewould have some privacy. …

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