Hasnat Khan, the heart and lung surgeon, who had been Princess Diana’s lover for two years, believes that voicemails left on his phone were stolen as far back as 1996.
Last summer the 53-year-old surgeon was informed by Scotland Yard it was possible his voicemails had been hacked in 2007 in the months befor the Princess of Wales died in the terrible car accident.
However, sources close to the doctor revealed to reporters that he now fears the hacking may have begun a decade earlier during the height of his secret relationship with Diana, The Telegraph says.
The source said: “It is only when Dr Khan started to think back to the time when he was with Diana that it began to occur to him that someone may have been trying to listen in to his messages.”
“Their friendship was very private and very discreet but he now fears journalists were targeting him in a bid to find out what was going on. He is very angry about it and it just shows goes to show how long ago this activity stretches back,” the source added.
The 53-year-old, whom the Princess referred to as Mr Wonderful, has described hacking as a violation and is pursuing News International for substantial damages.
When he first found out that he may have been attacked by hackers, he said: “To know that someone has been listening to your private messages it awful. It’s absolutely terrible. It feels as if you have been robbed. I feel really violated. I am very angry.”
He promised to seek the maximum compensation he can achieve donate it to the heart clinic he has set up in his native Pakistan.
Khan and the Princess of Wales met in 1995 during Diana’s visit to the Royal Brompton Hospital where a friend was recovering from heart surgery. They began secretly dating but ended their relationships just months before her tragic death in Paris in August 1997.
Meanwhile, ten Diana’s dresses, including gowns designed by Catherine Walker, Bruce Oldfield and Zandra Rhodes, will reportedly be sold at the auction.
The off-the-shoulder, midnight blue velvet dress that Princess Diana wore during her memorably dance with John Travolta at the White House in 1985 will be the centrepiece of the biggest auction of Diana’s dresses when it takes place next week.
The gown, designed by Victor Edelstein, is one of ten lots and it is predicted to fetch between £200,000 and £300,000. An exhibition of the dresses of the princess is scheduled to open to the public at the specialist fashion auctioneer London’s Kerry Taylor, reports The Guardian.
Mostly evening wear worn by the Princess of Wales for official events between 1985 and 1997,the dresses are all made by British designers. The gowns were previously part of a private collection.
The collection shows the princess’s evolution from Sloane Ranger to sleek sophisticate. “As a group, it’s fascinating to see the change from ingénue to style icon,” said Kerry Taylor. “You follow her life through clothes.”
“A whole generation was influenced by her,” said Oriole Cullen, curator of Fashion & Textiles at the V&A. “Even if you take her wedding dress – for 15 years after, people were still getting married in versions of it.”