As Prince William and Kate Middleton begin their second week as parents to baby boy Prince George in seclusion, royal watchers are looking back with fondness -- and fascination -- on the final years of William's mother, Princess Diana. A talked-about Vanity Fair cover story details the late Princess' two-year relationship with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, considered by many to be love of Diana's life, for whom she considered relocating to Pakistan.
"This is all true," former Palace chef Darren Grady tells Us Weekly of the story. "I was there when she was considering it."
As previously reported, Diana (who passed away nearly 16 years ago at 36 in a car crash) was "madly in love" with Khan and visited Pakistan at least twice on charity missions, where she secretly met with his family to discuss the possibility of marriage.
The story goes on to report that the divorced mother of two sons -- William and Harry, with ex-husband Prince Charles -- confided in two friends that she wanted to have a daughter with Khan. The "People's Princess" also secretly investigated someone who might possibly wed the pair.
Khan is said to have been "horrified" by the plan. In a police interview following her death, he said, "I thought it was a ridiculous idea . . . [I] told her that the only way I could see us having a vaguely normal life together would be if we went to Pakistan, as the press don't bother you there."
Frustrated by Khan's refusal to wed or even share their relationship with the world, Diana very publicly moved to billionaire playboy Dodi Al Fayed -- telling a friend he would give her a ring for "my right hand." Her confidante Rosa Monckton tells Vanity Fair that Diana's romance with Al Fayed -- who died with her in the August 1997 car crash in Paris -- "was designed to make Hasnat jealous."
"The Vanity Fair story is pretty much spot on," a source tells Us. "What an incredible woman and an incredible life. People are still talking about her 16 years later."