It seems that the evergreen Humayun Saeed will join the cast of the hit Netflix production The crown!
As the actor himself remains silent and the show’s official pages have refrained from making such an announcement, social media is abuzz with reports that he will play Pakistani surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan, which the late Princess Diana was said to have been struck by.
“BIG BREAKING: Can confirm that Netflix’s upcoming season of The Crown will also feature our own Humayun Saeed,” senior reporter Hasan Zaidi tweeted. “He will play the surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan, the alleged ‘true love’ of Lady Diana whom she apparently called ‘Mr. Wonderful’.”
Zaidi added that he was sharing the information “since speculation was rife” and “the show’s publicist has already confirmed that the cast has been disclosed.”
by Saïd Ben Roye co-star Mahira Khan also made it seem like she was in the big reveal.
“Finaaaallly it came out !!!! So proud! So excited !!!” she exclaimed on Twitter. “What a show! What a star.”
According to journalist Hassan Choudary, this would make Saeed the first Pakistani actor to be cast in a Netflix original.
He also denied rumors that superstar Fawad Khan would join the hit series.
The princess and the doctor
The cardiologist met Diana in 1995, two months before her infamous and explosive BBC TV interview.
According to at The Guardian, the princess was visiting Joe Toffolo, the husband of her friend Oonagh, who was undergoing triple bypass surgery at the Royal Brompton hospital supervised by Khan.
After the visit, Diana returned to the hospital almost daily for three weeks to pursue Khan and a romance finally began. Although this was Diana’s most serious relationship since her separation from Prince Charles three years earlier, the romance was kept a secret. ” The Guardian noted.
Diana left messages for Khan at Brompton under the pseudonym Dr Armani and they met in unusual places to avoid the media. On one occasion Diana wore a black wig to slip into Ronnie Scott’s club. jazz from Soho, while on another occasion Khan hid in the trunk of a car to enter Kensington Palace and visit the Princess, with the help of Diana’s butler Paul Burrell ” , he added.
When asked if Diana wanted to marry Khan, Burrell said in 2003 ABC interview Barbara Walters: “She wanted it desperately, yes.”
“They were two very close people […] two people who wanted to go out into the world and help others […] two humanitarians, ”Burrell said in the interview.
“I think there have been too many complications on both sides,” he added. “The princess always said she came with a lot of luggage.”
According to The Guardian, they considered moving to Pakistan – her preferred option – but after initially agreeing, Diana changed her mind.
The one that got away
A 2007 article by Vanity Fair describes Khan being nicknamed “The One” by Diana. “He was the oldest of four children from a well-to-do, close-knit upper-middle-class family in Jhelum, north of Lahore.”
“The princess became a cardiology student; her nightstand moans under a large copy of Grey’s Anatomy and piles of surgical reports. She looked Victim, a hospital soap opera, every Saturday night, “the article said.” Her closet was filled with a colorful selection of shalwar kameezes […] she even considered converting to Islam. “
The article said that she traveled to Pakistan whenever she could with Jemima Khan, then wife of Imran Khan, as her new best friend.
“The doctor didn’t want anything from her. She allegedly offered to buy him a new car, and he proudly refused. He was afraid of personal publicity. […] He liked what was best about Diana: her compassionate nature, her desire to embrace humanitarian causes. “
Khan didn’t want to go public. “Hasnat couldn’t face the onslaught of becoming Di’s new type in all the tabloids. He recoiled at the prospect of his work at the hospital being overrun with reporters,” the newspaper said. Vanity Fair. There too, the complication of his family not accepting Diana as a suitable wife for him.
In July 1997, Hasnat met Diana in Hyde Park to bring matters to an end.
“She couldn’t really accept that it was over. But Khan was not a man who played games. In August, the Khan family, back in Lahore, gave Hasnat gifts for the beautiful princess who was giving them gifts. had visited, “the article said. “He told them to mail them to him instead. He wouldn’t see Diana again.”