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DIANA ENDED AFFAIR NOT ME; Ex-lover's claim.

Byline: By Mike Taylor

PRINCESS Diana's heart surgeon lover yesterday insisted it was her who broke off their affair.

Details of the two-year romance between Diana and Hasnat Khan were revealed at the inquest into her death 10 years ago.

In a written statement read to the jury, Dr Khan said he told Diana on her return to London from a holiday with Harrods boss Mohamed al Fayed and his family that he thought she had "met someone else".

He said this because she "was not her normal self".

Dr Khan, 48, added: "I did not know who it was. I was surprised when she said there was no one else.

"At a second meeting, she said it was all over between us but she denied there was anyone else."

He learned about her relationship with Fayed's son, Dodi, from news reports.

In earlier evidence, the jury inquiring into the deaths of Diana and Dodi in a Paris car crash had heard that Dr Khan was believed to have broken off the affair because he could not tolerate the publicity.

Dr Khan, 48, had refused to give direct evidence via video-link from his home in Pakistan.

He said he met Diana in 1995 through her interest in surgery at London's Royal Brompton hospital.

He had no problems with their relationship, except with the media.

They would meet at Kensington Palace or at his home and had a normal sexual relationship.

Diana introduced him to Princes William and Harry because she wanted them to know what was going on in her life.

But his main concern was that "my life would become hell because of who she was".

Dr Khan said he believed Diana finally realised that Dodi "could give her all the things I could not", including the security she wanted.

But he thought it unlikely Diana would have agreed to marry Dodi within weeks of getting to know him.

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