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‘The Crown’: Humayun Saeed Cast as Princess Diana’s Friend Hasnat Khan

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Well-known Pakistani star Humayun Saeed has been cast as Dr. Hasnat Khan in season 5 of hit Netflix series “The Crown,” Variety has confirmed.

Dr. Khan is a British-Pakistani heart surgeon who practiced at London’s Royal Brompton Hospital. Khan’s 2004 statement to the Metropolitan Police, which was submitted to an inquest into Princess Diana’s death in 2008, stated that he was in a relationship with her from 1995-1997 and that she broke up with him after she met Dodi Fayed at a holiday with Mohammed Al Fayed and his family.

In the statement, submitted from Pakistan where he had relocated, Dr. Khan said that he had considered a life with Princess Diana, but the situation with the press, who hounded here every move, would make the situation untenable. Dr. Khan said in the statement he believed that the only solution was to move to Pakistan and that Diana had discussed the matter with Jemima Goldsmith, who was married to Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan at the time and had moved to Pakistan. Imran Khan is currently Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Dodi Fayed and Princess Diana died together in a road accident in Paris in 1997.

Humayun Saeed debuted as an actor in 1999 with Urdu-language film “Inteha” and has enjoyed a distinguished career across film and television. He is known for adventure-comedy “Jawani Phir Nahi Ani” (2015) for which he won Pakistan’s ARY award for best actor, and its 2018 sequel “Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2.” Other notable roles include romantic comedy “Punjab Nahi Jaungi” (2017, pictured), which he co-produced, and science fiction film “Project Ghazi” (2019).