‘The day I was taken for her driver’
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’.”