Princess Diana interview: BBC vows to 'get to truth' about Panorama interview

Brenda Watkins
November 19, 2020

Prince William has commented on the investigation into Princess Diana's 1995 tell-all interview. This bombastic interview put Lady Di at odds with the royal family once and for all.

During Diana's interview with journalist Martin Bashir, watched by more than 20 million viewers in Britain, she shocked the nation by admitting to an affair and giving intimate details of her failed marriage to heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles.

Last night, Prince William said he welcomed the investigation, saying it was "a step in the right direction".

Diana's brother has alleged the BBC's Martin Bashir used forged bank statements to convince her to do it.

Earl Spencer also alleged that the Panorama reporter made a number of false and defamatory claims about senior royals.

The investigation will consider if the steps taken by the BBC and Mr Bashir were appropriate and to what extent those actions influenced Diana's decision to give an interview.

New reports have surfaced alleging that Bashir used underhand methods to persuade Diana to talk, including by claiming her own staff members were being paid to spy on her.

The BBC described Dyson, a former Supreme Court judge, as "an eminent and highly respected figure who will lead a thorough process".

It will also investigate what knowledge the BBC had in 1995 and 1996 of "mocked up bank statements purporting to show payments to a former employee of Earl Spencer (and) the purported payments to members of the Royal Households", the corporation said.

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The BBC's board of directors has announced Wednesday Nov. 18, 2020, the appointment of a retired senior judge to lead an independent investigation into the circumstances around a controversial 1995 TV interview with Princess Diana.

The BBC's Director General Tim Davie Wednesday said that the broadcaster was committed "to get to the truth" about the allegations.

And Lord Dyson said: "This is an important investigation which I will start straight away".

But the corporation has said that the documents played no part in her decision to take part in the interview.

Diana divorced Prince Charles in 1996 - a year before she died in a Paris vehicle crash.

In 1996, Diana and Charles formally divorced and after a year the princess died in a vehicle crash in Paris.

Bashir, 57, now BBC News religion editor, is recovering from heart surgery and complications from Covid-19 and has been unable to comment on Earl Spencer's allegations.

Prince William has spoken out in favor of a new internal investigation launched by the British Broadcasting Company BBC at the request of Earl Spencer, the uncle of Princes William and Harry.

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