Prince Harry Speaks Out About the BBC's Investigation into Princess Diana's Panorama Interview

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Photo credit: Anwar Hussein - Getty Images
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When it comes to headline grabbing moments in the life of Princess Diana, her interview on Panorama with Martin Bashir still stands out more than 25 years later. It was during this interview that the Princess of Wales famously (and, indeed, infamously) uttered the line “there were three of us in this marriage,” opening up about the drama that had long been behind the scenes of her royal marriage to Prince Charles. However, a 127-page report by Lord Dyson into the methods by which the interview was obtained has "identified clear failings" on behalf of the journalists involved, leading the BBC to issue a public apology earlier today.

In response to the apology, Prince Harry, Diana's youngest son, issued a statement, calling it "the first step toward justice and truth."

Read the full statement below:

Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service. She was resilient, brave, and unquestionably honest.

The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.

To those who have taken some form of accountability, thank you for owning it. That is the first step towards justice and truth. Yet what deeply concerns me is that practices like these—and even worse—are still widespread today. Then, and now, it’s bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication.

Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed. By protecting her legacy, we protect everyone, and uphold the dignity with which she lived her life. Let’s remember who she was and what she stood for.

Prince Harry has had an openly complicated relationship with the media for many years. "In Harry’s mind, it was the press that killed his mother. I know that because he’s told me that several times privately," Duncan Larcombe, who wrote Prince Harry: The Inside Story, told T&C before Harry's wedding in 2018. Since then, the problems further compounded, with aggressive media scrutiny being considered one of the major reasons that Harry and Meghan chose to step back from royal life.

"I think [Diana] would feel very angry with how this has panned out and very sad, but ultimately, all she'd ever want is for us to be happy," he told Oprah of that decision during the Sussex's landmark interview earlier this year.

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