Royally Devoted

BBC Launches Investigation Into Princess Diana’s Panorama Interview

Wednesday the BBC announced  they hired former British Supreme Court Judge John Dyson, Lord Dyson to lead an independent investigation surrounding Diana’s appearance on Panorama, where she candidly spoke to host Martin Bashir about her bulimia battle, extramarital affairs, and more.

Last month the Sunday Times revealed that Bashir created fake bank statements before the November 1995 interview in a bid to convince Diana’s brother Charles Spencer that one of his staff was leaking information about their family. 

In response to the Sunday Times story, the BBC said Bashir is unwell and unable to respond: “Questions surrounding Panorama’s interview with the Princess of Wales and in particular the ‘mocking-up’ of bank statements, were covered in the press at the time. BBC records from the period indicate that Martin had explained to the BBC that the documents had been shown to Earl Spencer, and that they were not shown to the Princess of Wales.”

“The BBC’s internal records from the time indicate that Martin had met the Princess of Wales before the mocked-up documentation existed. These accounts also say that the Princess of Wales confirmed in writing that these documents played no part in her decision to give [the interview].” 

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Karen Spensley

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