‘The day I was taken for her driver’

Friday - - Society -

Down-to-earth Dr Khan’s or­di­nar­i­ness helped win the love of a princess – but once saw him mis­taken for her driver.

Chuck­ling as he re­calls the in­ci­dent, he says, “In 1996 I trav­elled to Beirut with my teacher Pro­fes­sor Sir Magdi Ya­coub.

“We had been per­form­ing heart surgery on chil­dren from the Pales­tinian camps through his char­ity Chain of Hope and I was moved by what I’d seen.

“I came home and said to Diana, ‘Would you like to do some­thing for Chain of Hope’? and she replied, ‘I’d love to’.

“So I said, ‘Meet me at Hare­field Hos­pi­tal’, and took her into Prof Ya­coub’s of­fice.

“When I opened the door there was another girl in there called Claudia, who was from the char­ity’s French wing.

“I didn’t have to in­tro­duce the world’s most fa­mous woman, so just grabbed a hand­ful of sand­wiches from a tray, be­gan eat­ing be­cause I was starv­ing, and said, ‘I’ll leave you all to get on with it. See you in half an hour’.

“The meet­ing went well but ap­par­ently af­ter we left, Claudia told the pro­fes­sor, ‘Diana is won­der­ful but her chauf­feur is so rude. He just ate the sand­wiches and didn’t even in­tro­duce her. She should change the driver’.”

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