The former boyfriend of Princess Diana has opened up in a recent interview and claimed that reporter Martin Bashir had "filled her head with rubbish".

Hasnat Khan, dubbed "Mr Wonderful" by the late princess spoke to the Daily Mail about BBC reporter Bashir, in his first ever interview.

It follows the serious allegations claiming that Bashir had forged bank statements to claim palace courtiers and a former head of security for Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, were receiving cash for information on the Princess of Wales.

Khan, a heart surgeon was in a relationship with Diana for two years, and has criticised the journalist, saying he tricked her into the infamous 1995 Panorama interview.

Bashir managed to land the tell-all video interview through gaining the trust of those close to the Princess, such as her brother, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer.

The interview was a bombshell which sent shockwaves through the Royal Family as Diana opened up about her divorce from Prince Charles and his secret relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles.

A barrister acting for Alan Waller, Earl Spencer’s former head of security, has urged the Metropolitan Police to investigate.

Lord Dyson, a former Master of the Rolls and Head of the Court of Appeal, is leading an inquiry into Bashir's Panorama interview commissioned by the BBC. The inquiry is ongoing and is not yet completed.

Mr Khan, 62, said he chose to speak to the Daily Mail after a friend of the BBC religion editor got in touch, begging for help.

Diana and Mr Khan's romance began in 1995 and continued until 1997, ending shortly before the princess's tragic death.

Mr Khan told the Daily Mail: "One of her most attractive qualities was her vulnerability. It was what endeared her to the public.

"I later realised that Martin picked on those vulnerabilities and exploited them. He was very persuasive with Diana."

During her courtship with Mr Khan, Diana initially referred to Bashir as Dr Jarman – a secret name she gave him due to fears her telephone line was being tapped.

According to M Khan, Bashir "manipulated" the princess.

Princess Diana opened up about a number of personal things to Bashir in the interview

During a meeting between Mr Khan, Diana and Bashir at a country pub, the BBC reporter allegedly started asking "direct personal questions" about the relationship between Mr Khan and Diana - an act which left the heart-surgeon deeply offended.

"It was intimate stuff," he said.

Mr Khan, now a consultant surgeon at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals in Essex, believed Diana appeared on Panorama in a bid to force a divorce because her husband had got away with "whatever he wanted".

The princess's relationship with Bashir came to a sudden end, according to Mr Khan, partly due to the input of Prince William.

"I asked why and she said because of William," Mr Khan said.

"If that is the case I could certainly believe it, because the boys were central to everything she did."

Bashir, who remains in his post as Religious Affairs editor for the BBC, is currently signed off work while he recovers from quadruple heart bypass surgery and complications from having contracted Covid-19 last year.

There have been no responses to requests for comment to the BBC, Martin Bashir or his agent.

The BBC has said in a previous statement: “The BBC has made clear it will investigate the issues raised and that this will be independent.

“We will set out the terms of reference in due course. We will do everything possible to get to the bottom of this.”