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Martin Bashir says he “deeply regrets” his action after a report revealed he used “deceptive behavior” to secure his 1995 Panorama interview with Princess Diana.

Lord Dyson’s investigation concluded that the journalist had violated BBC rules by faking fake bank statements and showing them to DianeEarl Spencer’s brother to gain access to the princess.

Diana, Princess of Wales, during her interview with Martin Bashir for the BBC
Diana, Princess of Wales, during her interview with Martin Bashir for the BBC

Martin Bashir’s reaction

In response to the results, Mr. Bashir apologized, saying that tampering with bank statements was “a stupid thing to do and an action I deeply regret.”

But he added that he felt it had “nothing to do with Princess Diana’s personal choice to participate in the interview.”

Martin Bashir with the BAFTA award he won for best talk show after Panorama interview with Diana
Martin Bashir apologized, saying falsifying bank statements was ‘an action I deeply regret’

What did Diana’s brother claim?

Earl Spencer claimed that in the weeks leading up to the program, Mr Bashir showed him fake bank statements related to alleged payments made to his sister’s former private secretary Patrick Jephson and another former royals by security services.

The documents incorrectly suggested that individuals were paid to keep the princess under surveillance.

Mr. Bashir also showed him mock documents, relating to a former employee of the Earl, which Mr. Bashir also used in an attempt to gain access to the princess.

What are the main findings of the new report?

• Mr Bashir ordered fake bank statements from graphic designer Matt Wiessler, allegedly showing payments from Penfolds Consultants and News International to the bank account of Alan Waller, a former employee of Earl Spencer

• Mr. Bashir showed the documents to Earl Spencer on a date in early September 1995. According to the report, Mr. Wiessler is a well-known graphic designer who worked freelance for the …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-20 14:09:00