A royal photographer with close connections to the late Princess Diana recently revealed that she was considering converting to Islam.
Anwar Hussein, the monarchy’s longest-serving royal photographer, opened up about the day that Princess Diana approached him on a flight in the mid-90s.
“All the lights were dimmed on the flight, and she came and whispered, ‘Can I have a chat?’ ” he recalls to People Magazine. “She knew that I was married to an English girl, Caroline. She wanted to know about Islam. She was asking about being married when one person is Muslim and another is Protestant.”
He continued: “She was interested because of what she was going through with [her then-boyfriend] Dr. Hasnat Khan. She didn’t mention him, but she assumed I knew it. I think she was wondering how the family would react to him and things like that.”
The late princess was said to be smitten over the Muslim heart surgeon and in an article published by the Daily Mail, it was reported that she was even considering converting to Islam to be with him.
“She had wanted to marry him,” royal biographer Judy Wade previously also told People Magazine. “She had this vision that together they could bridge east and west, crossing creeds and continents. They could save lives and make it a better world.”
But alas, it was not meant to be as Khan decided the two weren’t going to last very long, even despite the princess’s strong feelings.
His father opened up about what his son told the family after he had ended the whirlwind relationship saying, “If [he] married her, [their] marriage would not last for more than a year.
“We are culturally so different from each other. She is from Venus and I am from Mars. If it ever happened, it would be like a marriage from two different planets.”
Princess Diana sadly passed away during a tragic car accident in France back in 1997 while trying to escape the paparazzi but during her life, she worked tirelessly to help the poor, especially in Muslim countries, while also spreading a positive message about love and acceptance.