The pair sat down for an explosive chat back in 1995, which was the first time Diana had candidly spoken out about her turbulent relationship with Prince Charles and how the inclusion of Camilla Bowles-Parker eventually tore the pair’s marriage apart.
According to Khan, people that were around Diana felt she had made a very big mistake by sitting down and engaging in a conversation with Bashir, who he claimed had “filled her head with rubbish” in order to land the interview that would propel his journalism career.
“Of course I am not naïve. I knew that there was a part of Diana that wanted to give an interview but my question is if Martin Bashir had not been there persuading her, would she ever have done it?” the British surgeon told Daily Mail.
When Diana’s boys came across the Panorama special, it was William who directly told his mother she had made a mistake by agreeing to participate in the interview with Bashir, who he described as a “bad person.”
Diana soon realized her mistake, prompting her to cut all ties with Bashir the same week her interview with the 57-year-old would cause mayhem with the monarchy and the press.
"I could certainly believe it because the boys were central to everything she did. [Bashir] filled her head with rubbish, such as that stuff about the nanny being pregnant with Charles’s child.
"Of course I am not naïve. I knew that there was a part of Diana that wanted to give an interview but my question is if Martin Bashir had not been there persuading her, would she ever have done it?”
Khan further claimed that Bashir appeared very tactful with his persuasive words to make sure Diana would sign on for the tell-all. He would do this by boasting about his credible position at the BBC, which had somewhat assured the late star that she was in good company to share personal matters with him.
“He was very persuasive with Diana. It was all about him being from the BBC, being respectable and very pious even. But he filled her head with rubbish,” Khan continued.
“Almost from the word go, he started asking me the most direct personal questions about Diana and our relationship. Why didn’t we get married? When were we going to get married? That kind of thing. There was something about Bashir I didn’t like. I told her to be careful of him.”
Diana died in August 1997 after being injured in a car crash while passing through a road tunnel in Paris.