Princess Diana, Vanity Fair

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It's been nearly 16 years since Princess Diana's untimely death, but she's still landing on the covers of magazines around the world.

This time, for September's issue of Vanity Fair, the late princess appears with minimal makeup and posing with her signature Mona Lisa smile.

The mag details reports about her two-year relationship with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, from 1995 to 1997, just before her passing.

Jemima Khan, Diana's close friend and the former wife of Hasnat's distant cousin, reveals that the young princess wanted to marry the surgeon even if it meant living in Pakistan.

Jemima explained that it would have been "every conservative Pashtun mother's worst nightmare" had the two ended up together, primarily due to cultural differences.

However, Jemima insists that the couple parted for more reasons than just his family disapproving of their relationship.

"Hasnat was a decent, intensely private man from a traditional, conservative Pakistani family, and he was worried about how it would work," she explained. "He hated the thought of being in the flare of publicity for the rest of his life."

It appears that the monthly publication is hopping on board the royal craze in its own right. The attention is less on Diana lately, however, and more on her son Prince William and his newborn child.

Kate Middleton gave birth to the future King of England on July 22 at the same hospital where Diana gave birth to her two sons decades prior.

Princess Diana

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that they had named their son George Alexander Louis almost 48 hours after revealing that he had arrived in the world. So Prince George it is!

So is there a hidden Princess Diana connection with the latest royal baby's name? Why, of course there is!

It turns out that the royal icon had four nephews: Charles, George, Alexander and Louis.

Coincidence? We think not. And on top of that, it makes perfect sense that Will and Kate would leave out the name Charles in the extra-long moniker (for obvious reasons).


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