Prince William has released a statement about BBC’s investigation into Princess Diana’s Panorama interview with Martin Bashir.
Bashir has been accused of misleading Diana and essentially manipulating her into doing the interview.
Prince William is breaking his silence on BBC’s investigation into Princess Diana’s Panorama interview.
By way of a little background in case you aren’t up to date on royal news circa the 1990s, Diana gave a candid and explosive interview with Panorama host Martin Bashir in November 1995. But last month, the Sunday Times reported that Bashir had created fake bank statements to manipulate Diana’s brother Spencer into helping negotiate the interview.
Spencer gave the following statement to People earlier this month (prior to BBC’s investigation):
“[The BBC] have yet to apologize for what truly matters here: the incredibly serious falsification of bank statements suggesting that Diana’s closest confidants were spying on her for her enemies. This was what led me to talk to Diana about such things. This in turn led to the meeting where I introduced Diana to Bashir, on 19 September 1995. This then led to the interview. The BBC have so far refused to acknowledge the above. They claim Diana wasn’t misled. They have ignored my inquiry as to whether the apology over their false bank statements extends to the ones that actually persuaded Diana to meet Bashir.”
On Wednesday, the BBC announced an independent investigation into the potentially unethically obtained interview—which brings us back to Prince William.
In a rare public statement, the prince said (via People), “The independent investigation is a step in the right direction. It should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions taken by those in the BBC at the time.”
The BBC has since apologized to Spencer, and it remains to be seen when the results of its “robust and independent investigation” will be released.
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